With Pat Gilroy now confirmed as the new manager of the Dublin hurlers, the hope is that he will be able to entice a few of those who have defected to football back to the fold. There are some likely returns (Danny Sutcliffe, Paul Schutte, Johnny McCaffrey, and Joey Boland) and some more creative suggestions: Con O'Callaghan is one of them, a second being one Diarmuid Connolly.
Connolly played hurling with the Dubs until under-21 level, and has been playing with Vincents since the end of the inter-county championship. With few football frontiers left to conquer, rumours have been swirling that Connolly would be tempted to link up with Gilroy next year.
Speaking to Eir Sport ahead of Vincents' Dublin championship semi-final against Judes, however, Connolly has batted away such a possibility in no uncertain terms.
I’m 30 this year...in my mind’s eye I probably would have been able to do it if I went and picked hurling at 20 or 21 years of age but I went the other way and picked football so I think that ship has sailed.
The full interview can be watched below.
"That ship has sailed" -We spoke to Diarmuid Connolly & Brian Mullins this week. Watch the full interview: https://t.co/Knq9eR41wc #DSFC2017 pic.twitter.com/0Kpt2oaF0P
— eirSport (@eirSport) October 14, 2017