However, this was no Walk in Croke Park for the Dubs as they had to dig deep to overcome a spirited Kerry side intent on stopping the Blues from taking over their mantle as the greatest team of all time.
Dublin dominated the opening quarter and raced in to a 5 points to I lead.
A lesser team might have faltered at this stage, but this was Kerry, a team that plays with pride and passion and a strong belief in their own ability. They weathered the early hurricane and stormed back to draw level, 10 points each, at the break.
The second half was barely seconds old when Eoin Murchan latched on to a ball in the centre of the field and ran straight at the Kerry defence which seemed to part like the Dead Sea to let him through. Everyone expected him to pass but he kept going.
Too late the Kerry backs spotted the danger and converged but Murchan brushed by them and slotted a shot low in to the corner of the net.
He may have taken a few extra steps (twelve in all) but they were small ones and referee, Conor Lane, was probably playing advantage for an earlier tug on the jersey, and so the goal stood.
Again, Kerry fought bravely back and got within a point of their opponents. However Dublin took over in the closing quarter and ran out deserving winners to take their place in the dusty annals of history as the only team ever to win five All Ireland senior titles in a row.
Already there is talk of six-in-a-row with Paddy Power offering the paltry odds of 4/6 against Dublin achieving the near-impossible.
Keep your money in your pocket. Kerry may yet have something to say about that!
Ireland begin their world cup campaign against Scotland in the Nissan Stadium next Sunday morning at 8.45 pm.
Other teams in Ireland’s group are Japan, Russia and Somoa.
Ireland are expecting to at least reach the quarter finals. Victory against Scotland should help them on their way.
ICA: PRO Kathleen Leahy writes “The not so great Summer is over and Autumn days are here again – so our thoughts turn to indoor pursuits to fill our upcoming long winter nights. Mainister na Feile ICA will fill the void when they reconvene on Tuesday, September 17 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon at the earlier time of 7pm.
We are looking forward to a full house, old and new members will be very welcome, so do come and join us. You will not regret it – faílte rombh gach éinne.”