Jim Gavin steps down: Blue riband Dub

Jim Gavin steps down: Blue riband Dub

When Joe Schmidt stepped down as Ireland’s rugby coach after the Word Cup in Japan, Irish sport lost one of its great agents for change.

Schmidt coached Ireland for six years and despite the World Cup disappointments he leaves an enviable record with Ireland and Leinster, one his successors will struggle to emulate.

However, it is all but impossible to imagine how Dublin football manager Jim Gavin’s successor might emulate his record five-in-in-a-row All Ireland titles.

Gavin, who has unexpectedly retired, achieved what none of his predecessors did. Only Brian Cody and Mick O’Dwyer can be considered in the same light.

Gavin’s announcement stirred all the usual begrudgery about resources — the very same resources available to his predecessors.

That, however, is hardly the point.

He maximised opportunity to establish a record only the wilfully miserable might condemn. Greatness is measured in many ways.

One is the influence a person may wield outside their chosen arena. Gavin is one of only a handful of Irish sports leaders who can be so considered.

More on this topic

Farrell to lead Dublin’s search for sixFarrell to lead Dublin’s search for six

Never the showman but Jim Gavin leaves them wanting moreNever the showman but Jim Gavin leaves them wanting more

Jim Gavin on leaving Dublin role: 'I don't have any regrets, that's for sure'Jim Gavin on leaving Dublin role: 'I don't have any regrets, that's for sure'

GAA chief concerned by the impact of ‘keyboard warriors’ on GAA players and officialsGAA chief concerned by the impact of ‘keyboard warriors’ on GAA players and officials

More in this Section

Boris must hope luck will hold as hard work beginsBoris must hope luck will hold as hard work begins

Wins built by making honesty the real loserWins built by making honesty the real loser

A carbon-free Europe planned in 30 yearsA carbon-free Europe planned in 30 years

Letter to the Editor: English people push home democratic decision of 2016Letter to the Editor: English people push home democratic decision of 2016


Lifestyle

Want to be cultured this Christmas? From TV to podcasts to books, Ed Power has the definite list of everything you missed this year - so you can curl up on the couch and catch upThe definite list of everything you missed this year

Artist Ciara Rodgers teaches older people how to rediscover their creativity and regain confidence, says Rowena WalshBrush with art: Discovering your creative side in later life

Furniture, paintings, jewellery and silver are on offer at James Adam in Dublin, writes Des O’SullivanAll set for home run: See what's on offer at the James Adam sale in Dublin

It’s not too late to hunt out a unique gift. Des O’Sullivan previews sales in the lead-up to the festive seasonA flurry of auctions in Munster sets the scene for Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner