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Make it a double

DUBLIN'S 1995 All-Ireland winning manager Dr Pat O'Neill has warned of the hardships the boys in blue must endure if they are to realise their goal of retaining Sam.

But first, he insists, they must come out the right side of Sunday's "tribal warfare."

O'Neill guided the Dubs to All-Ireland success in 1995 before leaving the post but was a member of the Heffo's Army of 1976 and '77 vintage, the last sky blue outfit to retain Sam Maguire.

He stressed, however, that Pat Gilroy's current crop are better placed to keep Sam in the capital for successive years than his '95 outfit. "It is very, very difficult," he warned. "The current group, they're probably that bit better equipped in that they hadn't that change of management.

"And if there are evolving issues with regard to players not being up to form, they have a big panel and four or five from the Under 21 squad to come on board.

"They should there or thereabouts. It would be great to see a Dublin team put back-to-back All-Irelands together again."

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