Jim Gavin to be awarded freedom of the city after unanimous DCC vote

by Padraig Conlon

Record breaking five in a row winning Dublin football manager Jim Gavin is to be awarded the freedom of the city by Dublin City Council.

Following their historic win against Kerry in the All Ireland replay just over a week ago, Dublin City Council (DCC) voted unanimously last night to award the 48-year-old Clondalkin native with its highest honour.

The award acknowledges the contribution of recipients to the life of the capital city and also bestows honour on important visitors to Dublin.

Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe, who nominated Gavin, told the chamber the Dublin manager was “reluctant and honoured” to received the nomination as he wanted to share the title with the entire team.

“He has led the Dublin team to an unprecedented five-in-a-row senior titles and his leadership on and off the field has led to a positive culture in Dublin GAA,” he said.

“I know Jim is a modest man and even after all he’s given, I’m asking him to take one for the team.”

The conferring of the honour will take place at a later date.

Gavin will be the second Dublin GAA manager to receive the award following Kevin Heffernan who was awarded the freedom of the city in 2004.

Other recipients have included US presidents John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, U2, Brian O’Driscoll, Fr Peter McVerry and Nelson Mandela.

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