Diarmuid Connolly is one of the best Gaelic footballers in the country, anyone who has seen him play for Dublin will acknowledge that. What a lot of people may not know is that he is also a strongly accustomed hurler.
With the appointment of Pat Gilroy as the new Dublin senior hurling manager this past week, rumours have been rife around the country that Connolly may indeed be tempted to link up with his clubman and former Dubs’ football boss Gilroy and switch codes.
Connolly has represented Dublin in the small ball at underage level all the way up until u-21 when he was a part of a Leinster championship winning team at that grade.
At club level, ‘Diarmo’ still lines out for St. Vincent’s in the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship and is well established as a key force in that side. Throughout his tenure as a Dublin footballer in which he has amassed five All-Ireland titles, the 30-year-old has never left the stick too far away from his grasp.
As recently as this month, Connolly has been displaying signs that he is more than capable of making a mark on the inter-county hurling scene just as he has been doing in football for the healthiest part of a decade.
So, would he consider swapping codes for the Boys In Blue were Gilroy to pick up the phone and come to an agreement with Jim Gavin? Or would the St. Vincent’s club player even be tempted by a dual role at the highest level at this stage of his career?
It doesn’t look likely.
According to the man himself, “that ship has sailed” as he enters the winter of his Dublin career.
— eirSport (@eirSport) October 14, 2017