Pat Gilroy

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 Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton kicks the winning point in injury time to clinch victory over Kerry in the memorable 2011 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

Bear with me a moment as I start off by digressing a little. It is five years since Bryan Cullen has lifted the Sam Maguire Cup to end the drought and(...)

Dublin’s Paul Mannion scores a goal despite the efforts of Neil McGee and Shaun Patton of Donegal. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dublin 1-15 Donegal 1-14 Having drawn three of their previous four matches at Croke Park, Dublin just about got over the line in Croke Park on Saturd(...)

Padraig Reidy of Kerry tackles Kevin McManamon of Dublin in their Allianz  Football National League Round 1 match in February 2010. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin’s football decade may be defined by the seven All-Ireland titles won and last year’s completion of an unprecedented five-in-a-row, but the coun(...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton fires the wnning free into the Hill 16 end with the final decisive act of the 2011 All-Ireland final against Kerry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

September 18th, 2011: Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11   In more sombre moments I could concede that my life may have been measured out with coffee spoon(...)

Dessie Farrell has been named as the new Dublin manager. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dessie Farrell’s appointment as Dublin manager is the apex of an involvement with the county, which stretches back over 30 years. Forty-eight last Jun(...)

Na Fianna manager Dessie Farrell will take over from Jim Gavin as Dublin boss. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dublin have appointed Dessie Farrell as manager of the county footballers. He succeeds Jim Gavin, who stepped down after leading the county to an hist(...)

Jim Gavin: “The conclusion I came to is what’s best for Dublin GAA, and more importantly what’s best for the players, is to hand it over and create that environment for them to grow once more.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

For all the extended talk of why or when exactly Jim Gavin decided to step down as Dublin football manager, there is one detail he now made perfectly (...)

The incremental introduction of new players for six of Jim Gavin’s seven years owed nearly everything to his ability to see qualities he could develop on the senior team – and they all paid off. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/©INPHO

In one of those strangely overlapping events, it was in Jim Gavin’s first competitive weeks with Dublin that Kevin Heffernan died. One of Gavin’s most(...)

Dublin county chairman Seán Shanley has denied that Pat Gilroy (left) has been given first refusal to take over the Dublin football job after Jim Gavin’s stepping down. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Dublin county board remain intent on appointing a replacement for senior football manager Jim Gavin with the same swiftness of decision which mark(...)

Kevin McStay with Jim Gavin: The former Dublin manager joins a cast of totemic figures who fundamentally altered the fortunes of their county. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was no surprise, really, that when Jim Gavin did bow out, he slipped away unobtrusively, in the dead of winter, some two months after the five-in-a(...)

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