In Kerry, an ambush is being planned - despite what locals claim
THE cute hoors were out in force in Kerry this week as All-Ireland fever began to take over.
Most in the Kingdom have been playing down their side's chances in Sunday's final. And Ger Power, one of five Kerry players to have collected eight All-Ireland medals, is one of them.
Speaking at the Imperial Hotel - where Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice's wife, Tina, works - Mr Power said he should be entitled to 16 tickets, two for every All-Ireland he's won.
He said unlike previous years, no leaks are coming out of the Kerry dressing room. "The word out of the camp is gone now. Before it was an open gate, you'd go in and there could be 1,000 people watching the training, but it's completely shut down," he said.
"Dublin are roaring favourites and rightly so."
Kirby's bar, on Rock Street, in Tralee, provides a reminder to Kerry's astonishing GAA history - 84 All-Ireland medals amassed by players from this one street. Bar manager at Kirby's, Fiona Cotter, made one phone call and her brother, two-time All-Ireland winner, William Kirby arrived.
Hairdressers, Brenda Houlihan, Kerry and Joanna O'Driscoll, Dublin pictured at their Shop, Gruaig at Tralee yesterday
"It's probably the game everyone wants, the two form teams in the championship this year," Mr Kirby said.
"There's a good buzz around the county - everyone is looking for tickets, that's always the question. I'll be covered, but you've all the tickets up in Dublin, I'd say," he added.
Meanwhile, in Killarney, former Mayor, Niall 'Botty' O'Callaghan, runs the Kerry GAA shop and says he's been "out the door" with the sale of jerseys, scarves, flags and hats.
"You (Dublin) are hot favourites for Sunday, we're only a small county and the whole stadium will be Dublin," he said.
However, Jimmy Brien's Bar in Killarney has different ideas, and is already advertising for the successful homecoming.
"It's confidence," said barmaid, Katie Walsh.