By Brendan Cole
Pat Spillane has said that while Dublin are a “joy to watch” and play the ideal brand of Gaelic football, the GAA does not need to worry about their dominance yet.
Dublin have dominated intercounty football under manager Jim Gavin, winning back-to-back National Football Leagues and the 2013 All-Ireland with a series of dominant displays.
Some commentators believe that Dublin's advantages in finance and population will see continue to dominate the game in the coming years.
They play Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday and if successful will then face the winner of Saturday’s Kerry v Mayo replay in the final on 21 September.
Asked if Dublin's separation from the pack is a concern, Spillane said: "I think they are the best team in the country. When they bring their ‘A’ game, I don’t think there is any county in Ireland that can stand the pace, the intensity, the skill level, the tackling and a massive subs’ bench as well. Their pace is the big thing.”
But Spillane, who won eight All-Irelands with Kerry including four-in-a-row from 1978 to 1981, believes it is too early for there to be any real concern.
He added: "As regards whether it is a problem for the GAA, let’s see when they win four or five-in-a-row and start dominating over the next few years, (if they do that) then we have a problem.”
While they may have to wait a while to be considered one of the great teams, Spillane is an admirer of Dublin's to the game.
“What they are is a brilliant team, they play Gaelic football exactly as it should be played. Positive attacking football. It must be a joy to play it and it is certainly a joy and a privilege to watch when they are playing at the top level.”