What a year it has been for Con O’Callaghan…
The achievements of the 21-year-old are hard to believe when fully examined. His 2017 has to go down as one of the greatest individual GAA seasons in history.
Throughout this calendar year, across both hurling and football and at various grades, O’Callaghan has incredibly won each of the following:
All-Ireland club SHC
Leinster u-21 football championship
All-Ireland u-21 football championship
Young Footballer Of The Year
The remarkable run of winning everything in his path included his 2016 season with Cuala culminating in a St. Patrick’s Day to remember in Croke Park and not even having a chance to catch his breath before captaining the Dublin u-21 football side to provincial and All-Ireland glory, all the while making his mark with the county’s senior footballers who went on to achieve their third Sam Maguire Cup victories in-a-row in September. That’s not to even mention while the individual gongs along the way.
Now, Cuala are on course to retain their All-Ireland, overcoming Offaly champions Kilcormac-Killoughly on Sunday in the Leinster decider to set up a semi-final clash after Christmas. O’Callaghan bagged 1-02 for himself in a typically awesome display.
As reliable as any man in the country to find the net in a big game, it is the consistency at which he performs for a player of such a young age having only just burst on the the senior scene is what impresses onlookers most.
While he enjoys the incredible bubble of success he is currently floating around in, if Con is to continue to produce the level of displays he has in 2017 across all codes at all levels, 2018 will no doubt be more of the same for the super talent.