Jim Gavin (footballer)

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Jim Gavin
Personal information
Irish name Séamus Ó Gábháin
Sport Gaelic Football
Position Right Half Forward
Born (1971-07-01) 1 July 1971 (age 45)
Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Occupation Commercial/ Military airline pilot
Years Club
Round Towers Clondalkin
Years County Apps (scores)
1992-2002 Dublin 25 (0-29)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 3
All-Irelands 3
All Stars 0

Jim Gavin (born 1 July 1971) is an Irish Gaelic football manager and former player. He has been the manager of the Dublin senior team since 2012, where he has since become one of the county's most successful managers in terms of major titles won.[1] Gavin is regarded as one of the best managers in the modern game.[2]

Raised in Clondalkin, South Dublin, Gavin was introduced to Gaelic football by his father, a native of Clare and former chairman of the local club team in Clondalkin. He developed his skills in the local street leagues before winning a record six Cumann na mBunscoil medals as a dual player with Clonburris National School. Gavin attended and represented Moyle Park College, before later enjoying championship successes at underage levels with the Round Towers club.

Gavin made his debut on the inter-county scene at the age of sixteen when he first linked up with the Dublin minor team. An All-Ireland runner-up as a non-playing substitute, his subsequent training with the Air Corps ruled him out of any involvement with the under-21 side.[3][4] Gavin joined the Dublin senior team during the 1992-93 league. He went on to play a key role for Dublin over much of the next decade, and won one All-Ireland medal, three Leinster medals and one National Football League medal. Gavin retired from inter-county football following the conclusion of the 2002 championship.

After being involved in team management and coaching in all grades at club level, Gavin guided the Dublin under-21 team to All-Ireland success in 2003. He later claimed two more All-Ireland titles in this grade in 2010 and 2012. Gavin was appointed manager of the Dublin senior team on 1 October 2012. He has since gone on to lead Dublin through a period of unprecedented provincial and national dominance, winning twelve major honours. These include three All-Ireland Championships, four successive Leinster Championships, four successive National Leagues, including three league-championship doubles, and one O'Byrne Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Jim Gavin was born into a strong GAA family in the Clonburris area of Clondalkin. His father Jim senior coached neighbourhood teams in the local street leagues at various levels, teams that regularly contained Jim junior and his brothers Barry and Brian. Jim also represented Clonburris Primary School with some distinction, winning six out of six Cumann na mBunscoil finals in Croke Park - three in football and three in hurling.[5]

Jim soon went on to attend and represent Moyle Park College. His performances for Round Towers caught the eye of the Dublin selectors, making his senior debut in 1993.[6]

With Dublin Gavin won the 1995 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.[7]

Management career[edit]

Jim Gavin
Personal information
Irish name Séamus Ó Gábháin
Sport Gaelic Football
Inter-county management
Years County
2012 - present Dublin
Inter-county titles
County League Province All-Ireland
Dublin 4 4 3

In 2009, he coached Dublin to a Leinster Under 21 Football Championship and progressed to the All-Ireland final where they lost to Cork. He repeated the Leinster victory in 2010, going one better than the previous year by winning the All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship final. His selectors were Declan Darcy, Shane O'Hanlon and Jim Brogan.[8]

Gavin was ratified as senior football manager on 1 October 2012, replacing Pat Gilroy and signing a three-year contract (2013 - 2015).[9] Michael Deegan, David Byrne and Declan D'Arcy were his selectors for 2013. On 28 April 2013, Dublin won the first of four National Football League titles in a row with a 0-18 to 0-17 win against Tyrone at Croke Park.[10] Then he complained that things were "too drawn out."[11] He led Dublin to the 2013 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final by beating Kerry in the semi-final, 3-18 to 3-11.[12] Dublin won the final on 22 September 2013, beating Mayo by 2-12 to 1-14.[13][14] In December 2013, Gavin was named the 2013 Philips Sports Manager of the Year.[15] On 20 September 2015, Dublin again beat Kerry 0-12 to 0-09 to win their second All-Ireland title in three years. The following year on 18 September 2016, Dublin were held to a 2-09 to 0-15 draw in the 2016 All Ireland Final by Mayo but prevailed in the replay on 1 October 2016 winning back to back All Irelands and their third title in four years with a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-14.

Under his management, the Dublin Senior Football team established a new record for most National League and Championship games unbeaten. On 25 March 2017, when beating Roscommon by 2-29 to 0-14 in a National League game at Croke Park, Dublin set a new record of playing 35 games in League and Championship without defeat.[16] They extended their unbeaten run to 36 games a week later with a win away to Monaghan in the National League.[17] Their 36 game unbeaten run finally came to an end on 10 April 2017 in the National League Final where they lost by a single point 0-20 to 1-16 to Kerry, the previous holders of the record which had stood for 84 years.[18] On 3 May 2017, Gavin agreed a two-year extension to his current agreement with Dublin which was due to run out at the end of the 2017 season.[19]

WCareer statistics[edit]


As of match played 1 October 2016.
Team From To O'Byrne Cup National League Leinster All-Ireland Total
G W D L G W D L G W D L G W D L G W D L Win %
Dublin 1 October 2012 Present 17 12 0 5 36 28 3 5 12 12 0 0 12 10 1 1 77 62 4 11 80%


Professional International[edit]

United Nations Mission in Chad and Central African Republic (MINURCAT) Medal (One of only 3 Irish Officers to serve in CAR)

Irish Peace Keepers Medal






  1. ^ Keane, Paul (1 October 2012). "Dublin GAA chiefs appoint Jim Gavin as new football boss". The 42. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Paddy Cullen hails Dubs 'enigma' Jim Gavin". Irish Examiner. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jim Gavin – Dublin's master of cool". Irish Independent. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Crowe, Dermot (8 June 2014). "Jim Gavin: He'd work his socks off for the team". Irish Independent. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "All Ireland Countdown Day 5: Jim Gavin profiled". Round Towers.ie. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Methodical, meticulous, precise - Jim Gavin's life in the Air Corps prepared him for management". Irish Times. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dublin: Profile". Hogan Stand. 
  8. ^ "Darcy named Dublin under 21 selector". Hogan Stand. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Jim Gavin is appointed Dublin football manager". RTÉ News. 1 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dublin 0-18 Tyrone 0-17". RTÉ Sport. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Gavin: break is too long". Hogan Stand. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "As it happened: Dublin beat Kerry". RTÉ Sport. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bernard Brogan's brace seals Sam for Dubs but it's agony for Mayo yet again in Corker". Irish Mirror. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Dublin win 2013 All-Ireland football final". The Score. 23 September 2013. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "'Humbled' Gavin caps a year to remember". Irish Independent. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Dublin juggernaut rolls on with 21-point pasting of Roscommon to create history in style". The 42. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Jack McCaffrey's stoppage-time goal sends Dublin past brave Monaghan and into league final". The 42. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "David Moran phenomenal as Kerry sack the Dublin empire to lift league crown". The 42. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "Jim Gavin is staying on as Dubs manager for another two years". The 42. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017.