Saturday 18 August 2018

Jim Gavin was back at work just hours after Dublin's All Ireland final victory

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has a selfie taken with members of the Air Corps who flew over Croke Park before the game, including Capt Sean McCarthy, Cmdt Frank Byrne and Capt Enda Walsh
Dublin manager Jim Gavin has a selfie taken with members of the Air Corps who flew over Croke Park before the game, including Capt Sean McCarthy, Cmdt Frank Byrne and Capt Enda Walsh
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Dublin manager Jim Gavin watched his side secure the historic three-in-a-row in Croke Park on Sunday to spark one massive party in the capital.

The Gibson Hotel, Coppers, the Boar's Head were all attended in the early hours of this morning before the homecoming hits Smithfield at 6.30 on Monday evening.

For Gavin, however, he had something else on his mind in the early hours of Sunday morning - he was back working and sending emails.

Dublin manager Jim Gavin with his children Jude and Jasmine after the win over Mayo
Dublin manager Jim Gavin with his children Jude and Jasmine after the win over Mayo

"That's the unique thing about the Gaelic Athletic Association. We are all volunteering our time, Dean here will probably go back to work on Wednesday," Gavin told RTE.

"The world keeps spinning. My job with the Irish Aviation Authority, they have been so good to me. Aviation is a very dynamic industry, you play your part for that. That is the great thing about the GAA, it's the community aspect to it and the players live and breathe that in each of their parishes.

"They will go back to their clubs probably on Thursday for training for the Championship which will be next week and they will be going head to head."

Speaking to Marty Morrissey on Morning Ireland today, Gavin gave some insights into why he decided to select O'Gara in his starting team for the biggest game of the season, pointing to his training ground performance as what got him in the side.

"It was something different we went for," Gavin said.

"Eoghan has been playing really well in our internal games in training so that was a reflection of what he did. Over the expanse of the game we used a lot of players and the strength of the group is there willingness to do whatever it takes for the team. You could see that in the last quarter of the game when it was there to be won. Eoghan played his part and so did the guys who finished the game."

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