The Dublin senior footballers celebrate their All-Ireland succes in Croke Park last Sunday. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

LESS than 24 hours after guiding Dublin to a third All-Ireland title in five years and his second as Dublin manager, Jim Gavin heaped praise on the structure of Gaelic Games in the capital.
The Round Tower’s man led Dublin to a 0-12 to 0-9 over reigning champions Kerry on Sunday and he mentioned those involved in the sport at every level the morning after the win.
“The fabric of the team is made up of all parts of the county,” Gavin said in the aftermath. “As intercounty manager, I’m just privileged to work with players who have come from great clubs. In Dublin we have a great Cumann na mBunscol structure, we’ve a great coaching system, we’ve got some great teachers doing some great work in the primary schools, some great coaches in the clubs.
“I’m just fortunate to receive that product and we just put a bit of polish on it. This has really been a great effort by the county for Gaelic Games in the city and we’re just delighted to represent them.”
Sunday’s final was hardly a classic in terms of quality, mostly due to the wet conditions on the day, but Dublin still put in a massive performance, particularly in defence. Gavin was asked if he thought this final was tougher than his first as Dublin boss back in 2013.
“They’re all tough,” he said. “I think 2013, one of the players referenced it as one of the most physical battles they’ve ever played in. It was a great Mayo team and we went head to head with them. Yesterday was a little bit different with the conditions.
“The conditions didn’t allow for the expansive and expressive football Dublin and Kerry would naturally play.
“It was a really defensive game and thankfully our defensive system came out on top just about yesterday and we’re just thrilled for it.”
It didn’t take long after the final whistle for comparisons to start between this Dublin team and the one of Kevin Heffernan’s of the 1970s which won three All-Ireland’s in four years.
The current boss stated that without the likes of Heffernan, the modern-day team’s success wouldn’t be possible.
“Kevin was that bit of spark, that bit of genius that ignited Gaelic football in the city,” he said. Obviously he was a big part of the team in the 1950s too, and we stand on his shoulders and the shoulders of the likes of Bernard Brogan and Jim Brogan who is on my backroom, these are the men that have given us the foundation to build on.”