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Jim Gavin named Manager of the Month for September

Gavin led Dublin to three-in-a-row with famous win over Mayo

After leading Dublin to a third All-Ireland title in succession, Jim Gavin has been named the Philips Lighting Manager of the Month for September.

Dean Rock’s dramatic injury-time free against Mayo secured the All-Ireland for Dublin last month, with Gavin’s side becoming only the ninth side to win three-in-a-row and the first Dublin team to do so since the 1920s.

Gavin’s achievement eclipsed that of Micheál Donoghue, who ended Galway’s long wait for an All-Ireland hurling title with their win over Waterford earlier in the month.

Dominic Casey, the Ireland coach who masterminded Ireland’s success at the World Rowing Championships, also misses out. Paul O’Donovan claimed a second lightweight men’s single sculls title in Florida, adding to the gold won by the lightweight men’s pair of Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll.

Last month’s All-Ireland was the crowning of Gavin’s remarkable reign with Dublin. His side swept through Leinster again, with an average winning margin of 17 points, before Monaghan and Tyrone met similar fates in the quarter and semi-finals.

Only Mayo truly tested the defending champions during the summer, last year’s beaten finalists pushing Gavin’s side to the limit before once again losing out by a single point.

The All-Ireland was Gavin’s fourth in five years as Dublin manager, during which time he has also claimed four National League titles and five Leinster championships. He was previously named Philips Manager of the Year in 2013.