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Modest Mick was a match for top forwards

THEY called him Mister 100 per cent - and with good reason. Give Mick Kennedy a job, and consider it done.

He's an All-Ireland winner and an All-Star. He's not one to shine a light on his awards.

And, in so many ways, the modern-day Dubs mirror the conviction that Mick used to bring to the jersey.

And he also likes what he sees. "This Dublin team take nothing for granted," remarks Mick.

"Jim Gavin has got that message over to them loud and clear. They go out with the right attitude in every game."

And attitude is everything, especially when plans begin to tumble and the roof begins to leak.

"I am sure there are coaches out there working out some scheme to dislodge this Dublin team," offers Mick.

And no better man than Jim McGuinness to be burning the midnight oil up in the Glenties.

Yet the depth of the squad, and their application, will test any master plan, according to the ex Dublin defender.

But it is all about playing one ball at a time. "It is hard enough to win one All-Ireland, let alone retain it. It hasn't been done in a while."

Kerry last achieved the distinction in 2007.

"And as well as Dublin are playing, you are always hoping that they don't get any injuries to key men."

Mick played with a few of them in his time. "From a young age, Brian Mullins was a hero of mine.

"He had everything. And when he'd come down from fielding a high ball, he had the vision to use it well.

"He was such a tower of strength. His determination brought the best out of the players around him. He inspired us all with his incredible comeback in '83 after his car crash."

It took a good man to contain Colm O'Rourke and all the other top forwards of that era. None of them ever had a picnic in Mick's back garden.

He enjoyed it all. "I was lucky to have a great run with Dublin. 13 years. It was tremendous."

And today he's still cheering on the Dubs, and his beloved St Margaret's. A hero of the Hill who is very much cherished in the North County.


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