Kerry’s record will be tough to beat
Sir — Can I start by stating that I would consider Colm O’Rourke to be the most knowledgeable and reasonable pundit on TV and in print.
However, maybe the passage of time dulled his memory when he reflected in last week’s Sunday Independent on the present Dublin team, comparing them favourably with the Kerry side of 1978-86.
I agree that comparisons of teams of different eras are both futile and subjective. However, comparisons can be made of achievements of teams over similar periods. So let us do that.
Kerry 1978-86 won four AllIrelands in a row and another three in a row (a total of seven) in just nine years.
Dublin 2011-17 won two AllIrelands in a row and four in total. Today’s Dublin team has a roll of honour that is an ongoing project and it may in time indeed surpass Kerry’s — but, in the meantime, it pales in comparison to the Kingdom.
Also while O’Rourke reflects on other great teams in the past 40 years, he forgets or chooses to ignore the Kerry team of the Noughties (played eight finals in 10 years, winning five).
I would also suggest that that team, and perhaps also the Tyrone team of that time, would challenge this present Dublin — with whom certain sections of the media are infatuated. Paudie Curran, Swords, Dublin