Jim Gavin

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Dublin players warm up before the All-Ireland final replay against Mayo in 2016.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was shortly before 4pm on the first Saturday of October in 2016. The Mayo team were out on the grass in Croke Park, sauntering around like teams sa(...)

Mickey Harte: set to take charge of Tyrone for the 18th year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There are just five vacancies left in the list of county football managers for the coming year. Galway, London, Laois, Wicklow and Tipperary have yet(...)

Stephen Cluxton makes a stunning save to deny Kerry’s Paul Murphy a goal. It was another game where I came away nearly in awe of Dublin’s goalkeeper.  I honestly think he’s still underrated by people. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

We’ll get to Sunday’s game in a small bit but first I want to start with the replay. Specifically, the timing of it, on Saturday night next week. Once(...)

Kerry’s impressive Jack O’Shea in action against Brian Fenton who was a subdued figure for once for Dublin in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On-screen entertainment gives us a choice of lessons from Sunday’s unrelenting All-Ireland. One is the western genre of the tracker, inscrutably exa(...)

Jack O’Connor will take over as Kildare football manager on a three-year term. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Jack O’Connor has been ratified as the new manager of the Kildare footballers. The former Kerry boss has been appointed for three years with a review (...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly shoots wide late on against Kerry. Sunday’s was  the first of seven finals under Jim Gavin that no Dublin substitute scored in. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Jim Gavin has required inspiration over the years, he has typically only needed to look over his shoulder to his star-studded Dublin bench. In h(...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton saves a shot from Kerry’s Paul Murphy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 1-16 Kerry 1-16 Five-in-a-rows don’t come easy. The new empire stalled and yet the old one didn’t quite strike back. Prospects of the fabled s(...)

Jonny Cooper fouls David Clifford before being sent off during Dublin’s All-Ireland final draw with Kerry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One of the suspicions that travelled with Dublin through their unbeatable years was that they didn’t fancy dealing with the high, dropping ball into S(...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton saves from Paul Murphy of Kerry during the  All-Ireland senior football final  at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

History will have to take a number and get in line. If there’s a five-in-a-row in Dublin, they’ll need to wait another fortnight to gather it in. All (...)

Dublin manager shakes Jonny Cooper’s hand after he was shown a red card in the All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

They say destiny is knowing something about yourself that no one else does. Jim Gavin didn’t seem to know whether it was faith or fate which meant thi(...)

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