LIVE: Sunday Paper Review

On air now

LIVE: Sunday Paper Review

01:30 PM-03:00 PM

Jim Gavin: 'It is insulting to...

Football

Jim Gavin: 'It is insulting to say funding made Dublin players'

Off The Ball
Off The Ball

09:46 23 Jun 2019


Share this article


Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has said it is insulting to his players to say "the funding" the county board has got over the years "is what's made them."

The 47-year old had been speaking after leading the Boys in Blue to a ninth Leinster Senior Football title in a row at Croke Park by beating Meath on a scoreline of 1-17 to 0-4.

Over the last six years, they have won the Leinster decider each year by an average of more than 14 points, and he had been asked if the money being pumped into Gaelic games in the capital should take some of the credit.

But Gavin was keen to praise the volunteerism that imbues the GAA, praising the parents and coaches that have helped the Dublin county game to a period of such dominance.

"I was with the under-11s yesterday for their last game before the summer - my son plays with Ballyboden St Enda's. [They were] playing Cuala. We had four coaches [...] Cuala had another four on the sideline. I don't think any of us are getting paid - we were there to see our kids on a beautiful summer's day - what memories are made of.

"We're just fortunate in Dublin that we have some really smart people with their hands on the tiller, who have applied to Croke Park [and] got funding. We're in a fantastic stadium in Croke Park, led by remarkable people [who] have the mortgage paid off. If I was in another county, I'd be knocking on their door with a smart business plan to say 'We want to use a similar model to what Dublin have'.

"The clubs [in Dublin] fund 50% [of coaching funding]. Croke Park do help, [and] our other monies are bridged by the sponsorship we get, and gate receipts.

"As to boots on the ground, the teachers who were with these men when they were 10 [years old] in Croke Park, in the Cumann na mBunscol games, and the mums and dads - it's probably a bit of an insult to say the funding they got, or rather the coaches got, is what's made them.

"What has made them is bloody hard work.

"I can just see the pride these guys have for playing for their county, and long may it continue."

Written by Ben Finnegan.

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Share this article


Read more about

All-ireland Croke Park Dublin GAA Funding GAA Gaelic Games Jim Gavin Leinster Final

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

LIVE: Sunday Paper Review

LIVE: Sunday Paper Review

01:30 PM-03:00 PM

Share

Up next

OTB Rugby Live: Champions Cup round up

OTB Rugby Live: Champions Cup round up

03:00 PM-04:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Thierry Henry handball - 10 years on

LIVE: Thierry Henry handball - 10 years on

04:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Rep of Ireland v Denmark preview

LIVE: Rep of Ireland v Denmark preview

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-09:30 AM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

09:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

12:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on