Diarmuid Connolly’s ongoing absence from the Dublin matchday team has left fans scratching their heads. Barring a 26-minute appearance against Mayo in Castlebar, the St Vincent’s clubman has been limited to brief cameos in blue since that game against Carlow last year.
He returned from suspension in time for the Tyrone showdown in the All-Ireland semi-final last August, but was only introduced after 69 minutes. He was also sprung from the bench late on against Mayo in the decider. From there, he helped St Vincent’s to the county title, before the Marino side suffered a shock Leinster Championship exit at the hands of Rathnew.
When asked about Connolly’s absence, Jim Gavin has continuously stated that the forward is being ‘rested’.
Throughout the winter, there was speculation that Connolly may join up with Pat Gilroy’s hurlers, but nothing more amounted, as he bides his time waiting in the wings.
According to a report in today’s Irish Sun, Connolly has taken temporary leave from the football squad, but is expected to rejoin in a number of weeks.
Although he will be back in the set-up shortly, it nonetheless is an interesting development in what is an intriguing saga.