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Liam Gifford outside The Bridge Tavern. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Liam Gifford outside The Bridge Tavern. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Liam Gifford outside The Bridge Tavern. Picture: Gerry Mooney

A permanent mural in honour of Dublin team manager Jim Gavin is to be created in the heart of the capital after his charges take on Kerry bidding for their fifth back-to-back All-Ireland title.

The artwork is to go ahead in the Ballbough area of the north inner city, close to the Clonliffe House pub and extend up to the Bridge Tavern and Croke Villas.

The mural has received the backing of Dublin City Council, Irish Rail and Dublin GAA.

The extensive artwork is to start tomorrow evening after the All-Ireland Final against Kerry.

The clash is the seventh final in nine years for the Dublin side and an attempt to make history if they win five titles in-a-row. Independent councillor and former Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke said: "It's right and fitting to have a mural of Jim Gavin. A man of the people - a simple man.

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Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

"Jim, along with his Dubs team, has given a great time over the years with great sport to us all. Jim we salute you, thanks. Dubs Abu.

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"I just got great news that the mural will now go ahead and it will be in place in the next few days.

"Thanks to Mick O'Riordan of Dublin City Council and a great Banner county man who gave us the green light.

"I want to thank the people who worked hard to get this done. Sean Roche, Karl Mitchell, Mairead Burke and Mick D Banner man from Irish Rail. It'll be like the other murals in Ballybough and throughout the city."

Mr Burke also wants to mark the All-Ireland final by turning the River Liffey blue.

''I intend to make contact with senior management of Irish Water and, with the assistance of Dublin City Council, turn the River Liffey blue for a couple of hours on Sunday," he added.