The saga of Diarmuid Connolly’s absence from the Dublin team continues on.
The situation was broached around this time last month, when Dublin manager Jim Gavin was adamant that he and the 30-year-old had reached an agreement where he would be rested for a series of games, with the hope that he would return for the championship.
Connolly hasn’t appeared for Dublin since their win over Mayo in February, and now, per comments from Gavin via the Irish Times, that absence is set to continue for the foreseeable future.
“The situation is that Diarmuid just hasn’t been available – to play club football, in the championship, football and hurling with his club, and with the county as well”, Gavin stated. “We respect that position, and hopefully everyone does as well.”
“It is an amateur sport, but that said, the door will always be open for Diarmuid, and I know for sure with the club and also the county, and hopefully we’ll see him back playing Gaelic games soon.”
There’s no room for dwelling on the loss of the Dublin native though, with Gavin and his squad seemingly focused solely on the challenge ahead.
“I just hope we’ve a duty of care within the Association, for anyone who volunteers their time. It is an amateur sport, be it managers we have here today, that you respect them, and from a player perspective as well, and I hope people understand that. But in terms of the current squad, we’ve always embraced what we’ve had, and the focus is relentless on the game ahead of us.
“In terms of the current squad, we’ve always embraced what we have. The focus is relentless on the game ahead of us. That’s where their focus is now, on the game against Wicklow or Offaly. We’ve been faced with similar situations in the past and they just keep driving on.”
Connolly has won five All-Ireland championships with Dublin to-date.