Somme visit a time for Dubs to reflect, says Gavin
Jim Gavin has explained the background to the visit of his Dublin squad to a number of First World War battlefields earlier this year.
The All-ireland champions made the trip to northern France and Belgium last May.
“We went to the fields of Flanders, to the battle of the Somme,” he told RTÉ. “It was some time to get away with each other before the campaign started. It’s nice to take some time to reflect on how lucky we are, as Irishmen, to live in a very unique island, a Republic, to be thankful where we are, to celebrate life and commemorate Irish men who went abroad — rightly or wrongly — to fight for something that they believed in and made the ultimate sacrifice. And that’s another side of our history that we will celebrate shortly with the foundation of our state. It’s nice to get perspective in life. These guys, like Philly [Mcmahon], do so much behind the scenes for hospital and hospices it’s nice to get a counterbalance in life.”
Selector Declan Darcy sad: “You need to be humble and very grateful for where we’re at. There is a danger, particularly in the city of Dublin, that players lose the context of what they’re about, what they’re doing, and the realities of life. It can throw you.”