Eamonn Murray is playing it cool.

A picture of calm, his Meath side face off against five-in-a-row-chasing Dublin in Sunday's TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football final and he's taking it all in his stride.

The Dubs are as short as 1/10 with some bookmakers to get the job done against a team that only won the Intermediate title last season.

They arrive at this lofty juncture courtesy of a smash-and-grab win over Cork in the semi-final, with two goals at the death bringing the game to extra-time, where they ran out 2-12 to 2-10 winners.

Still buzzing from the dramatic victory over the Rebels, in the context of how far the team has come, and what it has meant for football in the county, Murray knows the outcome after 60 minutes this weekend won’t tell the whole story.

The Cavan native took over at the back end of 2017. He takes up the tale of the early days when reaching a senior All-Ireland final wasn’t even a pipe dream.

"I never really wanted this job," he recounted.

"I always loved the underage set-up in Meath, and I loved producing good players for the seniors.

"When I was asked to do it, I said, 'no, I don’t want it.’ And the chairman, Fearghal Harney, rang me about five times and I said, ‘look it, if I’m allowed to pick my own selectors and all that?’ … Meath football was in a bad place, and I wanted people with a smile on their face, to lift them.

"And it wasn’t easy getting those players back in. A lot of players didn’t want to ever play again for Meath. So, it took a lot of phone calls and coaxing. Thank God now we have all the players we needed.

"You’ve no idea what I had [to do].

"I had to beg players to play for Meath. I’d have promised them everything under the sun. I asked them, a lot of them, ‘Give me two weeks starting off and we’ll see what happens.’

"We were one kick of the ball away from Division 4, it was that bad. But we always knew the talent was there. I won the All-Ireland U-16s [in 2009].

"We had a lot of bad days. Like, we were getting beaten by Wicklow in the championship only a few years ago. Not running them down – they’re in the Junior final on Sunday.

"We were getting easily beaten by a lot … Wexford beating us day and night. So, we've come a long way in the last couple of years.

"And it’s nothing really much to do with me; it’s my coaches who are doing all the work, it’s not me, I’m only doing the talking, they do all the action."

While Murray is keen to focus on the bigger picture, that’s not to say he’s conceding the game before a ball is kicked.

A quick scan of the recent Gaelic football horizon will tell you that shock results happen.

Meath’s own minor team pipped Tyrone last weekend, Offaly’s Under-20s saw off Dublin and Cork on their way to victory, the seniors of Mayo and Tyrone didn’t flinch against heavily fancied teams.

"We got a great lift on Saturday with the minor lads winning," he says when asked about Sunday’s task.

"It’s the year of the underdog, seeing that Kerry are gone as well, so it could be the year of the underdog; hopefully it will be.

"I presume [Dublin] will be the hottest favourites of all time. We’ll not get nervous … we don’t really do nerves, we just go out there and enjoy it.

"And we’ll not get too upset if we lose. We’ll give everything we have.

"We will have to all peak this weekend to win the game, definitely, yeah, that goes for everyone in the first 20 [minutes], I suppose.

"They can do it, they're in good shape, they're positive and all of that. They won't be overawed at all by it.

"We ask the players, if they give it all they have, we’ll be there or thereabouts.

"But it will take a huge effort, and we all know just how good Dublin are. But we’re really looking forward to it. Nothing to lose at all; I mean nothing to lose. It’s all a bonus for us.

"We’re trying to keep their feet on the ground… exciting times for the whole county, the country really – we’re getting good wishes from all around the country and further afield, so it’s very special.

"We’ve a lot of girls from Meath playing football; we’ve 7,500 members and very few counties would have that, I know Dublin probably have that, maybe Galway and Cork, but it’s a big sport in Meath."

No matter what the result on Sunday evening, 2021 will go down as a successful year for the Royal County.

Asked whether the victory over Cork was their All-Ireland final, Murray says with a smile: "If it was, sure we had a good day out."

Follow the All-Ireland Ladies football final between Dublin and Meath (4.15pm, Sunday) via our live blog on rte.ie/sport or listen to live commentary on RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Sport. Highlights on The Sunday Game, RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 9.30pm.