39 Steps to Greatness: How Dublin went from 'startled earwigs' to five-in-a-row heroes

In Part Two of our '39 Steps to Greatness' series, retraces the road that transported Dublin to a territory previously untouched by human footprint


Jim Gavin reimagined the football landscape in shades as blue as a cerulean sky.

It was a decade-long journey from Pat Gilroy's famous 'Startled Earwigs' comment of 2009 to the 2019 five-in-a-row invincibles.

1: Dublin’s aurora borealis, the entrancing blue-light show that bedazzled last September’s cosmos, was improbably born, a decade earlier, in Croke Park’s moist garden crevices, the city’s footballers resembling spooked insects.