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Dublin's Jimmy Keaveney with Kerry's Mick O'Dwyer in front of Croke Park. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Dublin's Jimmy Keaveney with Kerry's Mick O'Dwyer in front of Croke Park. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Dublin's Jimmy Keaveney with Kerry's Mick O'Dwyer in front of Croke Park. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

DUBLIN GAA legend Jimmy Keaveney is looking forward to "wiping the floor" with Kerry and old rival Mick O'Dwyer this weekend.

However, the three-time All-Ireland champion warned that the "cute" Kingdom always pose a threat.

Regarded as one of the Dubs' greatest ever stars, Jimmy has three All-Irelands to his name, including back to back titles in 1976 and 1977 when Micko was managing Kerry.

However, over 30 years since he quit inter-country football, the 68-year-old says the desire to beat the Kingdom is still as strong as ever.

Jimmy and Micko came face to face yesterday at the Croke Park Hotel in Dublin as former Mayo ace Willie Joe Padden was inducted into the All-Ireland Kick Fada Hall of Fame.

As they tousled and jibed one another about this weekend's make-or- break tie, both admitted their competitive spirit is in overdrive.

"We always made great friends with the Kerry team from the'70s that we played against," Jimmy told the Herald. "But, of all the teams in the country, Kerry will put you to the sword if they get half a chance." And Jimmy believes you can never rule out "dangerous" Kerry.

"We should be worried from the point of view that there's not a worry on Kerry people. Even Micko is not saying a word, except that they're dead and buried," he laughed.

"But I don't believe that. I've been in situations before when I was playing where we were red-hot favourites and Kerry wiped the floor with us."

After hanging up his playing boots in 1974, former Kerry great Micko went on to lead his side to eight All-Ireland titles during his reign as manager in the Seventies and Eighties. And the 78-year-old remains quietly confident this time around.

"If you go back to 1955, Kerry came to Dublin having no chance and won. We came in 1975 with a very young team and won again when Dublin were raging hot favourites.

"The same thing is happening on Sunday, they are strong favourites again so we are keeping the fingers crossed.But I think that this is a very good Dublin side and it will take a lot to beat them."

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