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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2007, 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK
Higgins enters Dublin tournament
Alex Higgins
Alex Higgins will face Fergal O'Brien in the first round
Alex Higgins will return to competitive action when he plays Fergal O'Brien in the VC Poker Irish Professional Championship in Dublin on 26 September.

The 58-year-old two-times former world champion has not competed since last year's Irish tournament.

World number four Ken Doherty starts his title defence against Dungannon's Patrick Wallace on 25 September.

Number two seed Joe Swail begins his campaign against Colm Gilcreest while Mark Allen faces Garry Hardiman.

The tournament, which was revived two years ago having not been held since 1993, runs until Sunday, 30 September at the Spawell Club, Templelogue.

Doherty, the 1997 world champion, beat Michael Judge 9-4 in the 2006 final.

First round draw
Ken Doherty v Patrick Wallace (8pm, 25 Sep)
David Morris v Vincent Muldoon (5pm, 26 Sep)
Gerard Greene v Leo Fernandez (5pm, 25 Sep)
Michael Judge v Dessie Sheehan (2pm, 26 Sep)
Fergal O'Brien v Alex Higgins (8pm, 26 Sep)
Mark Allen v Garry Hardiman (2pm, 25 Sep)
Joe Delaney v Eamonn Kelly (11am, 25 Sep)
Joe Swail v Colm Gilcreest (11am, 26 Sep)



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