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Dubs will look to Kerry of 2009 as their template for success

Ciarán Whelan


A great team had one last sting in the tail –but this is Kingdom’s time to come of age

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David Clifford of Kerry is tackled, close to the end line, by Dublin players Philly McMahon, Cian O'Sullivan and Mick Fitzsimons during the All-Ireland SFC final replay in 2019. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

David Clifford of Kerry is tackled, close to the end line, by Dublin players Philly McMahon, Cian O'Sullivan and Mick Fitzsimons during the All-Ireland SFC final replay in 2019. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Mick Fitzsimons looks like being given the task of attempting to stop David Clifford

Mick Fitzsimons looks like being given the task of attempting to stop David Clifford

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David Clifford of Kerry is tackled, close to the end line, by Dublin players Philly McMahon, Cian O'Sullivan and Mick Fitzsimons during the All-Ireland SFC final replay in 2019. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

“The question on everybody’s lips is ‘What is it about Dublin and Kerry?’ Is it Hill 16 on sunny days in June or Fitzgerald Stadium with the green and gold in bloom? Is it the pints of black or Kerry gold? Is it fortunes made with tickets sold? Is it Molly Malone or Fungie the dolphin?”

Sentimental marketing patter or reality? It certainly evokes a great sporting rivalry but for the players involved in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final there is only one reality – win or bust.


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