They’ve tried their best to steer clear of any drive-for-five chat but Dublin will be hard-pressed to ignore the hype now that they are just one game away from etching their names into the annals of GAA history.
Only five teams, across both codes, have attempted to achieve the five-in-a-row. The first came in 1919 when the Wexford footballers attempted to round off a decade of dominance only to fall to Dublin in a Leinster semi-final.
In 1933, Cavan halted Kerry’s first attempt at the drive-for-five in an All-Ireland semi-final. Cork became the first hurling side to try their luck 12 years later only to lose to rivals Tipperary in the Munster Championship.
The most famous of failings came in 1982 when Seamus Darby’s last gasp goal broke Kerry heart’s to give Offaly their third All-Ireland football title. While the most recent attempt faltered in the 2010 final when Lar Corbett’s hat-trick helped Tipperary topple Kilkenny.
Dublin stand on the brink of immortality and many believe their place in history is all but secured following a second-half performance against Mayo that we’ve seldom seen before, even from this great side.
However, just because they look unbeatable doesn’t mean they are unbeatable. History has shown how elusive the five-in-a-row can be and while Dublin have looked dominant over the past two seasons in particular so did the Kerry team of ’82 when, as mentioned, the most famous drive-for-five was halted at the final hurdle.
Peter Keane regaled a story of his own memories of that particular year before claiming there will indeed be a lot of talk in Dublin over the next three weeks.
“I was only a small lad. It was a big thing in South Kerry at that time because John Egan was captain. South Kerry won the county championship the year before and my father was selector and he was chairman of the South Kerry board and there was a big hoo-hah at the time who would be captain.
“At the end of the day, I think they picked the name out of a hat, whether it would be Jacko or Egan would be captain. For South Kerry to have the captain of the team who were aspiring to do five… obviously there is going to be a lot of talk in Dublin, I told you I didn’t see the game. Seemingly, they put up a big score in the second-half against Mayo. You are dealing with potentially the greatest team that has ever played.”
If anybody is to stop Dublin in their pursuit it is only fitting that it be the one team who have attempted this feat twice before and are the subjects of the drive-for-fives most famous failing.
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte believes Kerry are the ideal candidate to go on and stop yet another attempt at the five-in-a-row.
“Ah of course they will (give Dublin a game), they’re in the final, they’re a very experienced team now, and even their young players are experienced at a high level, and Kerry is Kerry, they don’t go to finals to lose them, so I think that Dublin will have their hands full with them and who’s to say can they do it?
“Kerry are probably the ideal team to stop somebody else doing the five in a row because they knew what that was like themselves and maybe they would like to inflict that on somebody else.”