Philips Ireland today, Wednesday 11th December, named Jim Gavin, Senior GAA Football Manager for Dublin as the Philips Sports Manager of the Year 2013 in recognition of his superb achievements this year.
On the 28th April his Dublin side beat Tyrone by just one point to collect the Division 1 Football League title in a close encounter in Croke Park. This is the first league title that the county has won in 20 years. Although coming close in 1999 and again in 2011 it took a replay to beat Donegal in 1993. Ironically Jim Gavin played at wing forward in that replay.
In September Jim led his Dublin football team to an emotional victory in the All-Ireland final over last year’s beaten finalists Mayo. The single point-winning margin meant that Dublin added the All Ireland title to the league title they won in April. This was their 24th All-Ireland senior title, and their second in three years.
Prior to his appointment to the senior team in 2012, Jim had successfully managed the Under 21 Dublin side winning both Leinster and All Ireland titles.
Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, and Cel O’Reilly, Managing Director of Philips Ireland, presented him with the 2013 award at a special luncheon in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.
In attendance were the other sports managers who had won monthly awards this year, representatives from Irish sporting bodies, the media and trade customers of Philips Ireland.