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Sheep owner reveals he's a dyed-in-wool supporter.

Byline: BRYNMOR PATTISON

A MAYO-mad sheep owner has had the animal painted green and red ahead of the All-Ireland final clash.

Ben Burke, from Foxford, had Polly daubed in the county colours to back the team's bid to bring home the Sam Maguire after a 66-year drought.

Jacqueline Hopkins, a dog groomer who was asked to paint the sheep by Ben, told the Irish Mirror he had already crocheted a scarf for the animal.

She said: "It's very funny. He has her inside at night beside the fire.

"The sheep follows him around and everything, she thinks she's human. But he isn't a farmer - he has a pet cow, sheep and goat.

"He basically said it'd be a bit of fun. He brings the animals all over Ireland, to the Ploughing Championships and everything.

"She'll be taken down to Market Square on Sunday to watch the match on the big screen there. Loads of people are always trying to buy her but he won't have it.

"He says, 'Not for any amount of money would I sell that sheep!'"

Jacqueline added if Mayo win it would be an extra special day as her son is getting christened. She said: "I've a funny feeling Mayo are going to win."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 15, 2017
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