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Sportstar Awards - Dublin win 5-in-a-row

The mountaintop of immortality is impossible to summit without enduring an avalanche of adversity, and before the Dublin footballers could reach it, they’d have to weather a green-and-gold storm that had been brewing in the Kingdom. But the mark of the all-time greats is their ability not to lose when all evidence suggests they should. Dublin didn’t lose the first All-Ireland final, and in the replay Jim Gavin’s men were rewarded for their resilience with an opportunity to again stamp their supremacy on their sport. Five in a row, for so long unfathomable. But this was a football team without flaw. Invincible. Irresistible. Immortal.

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