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Diarmuid Connolly

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Diarmuid Connolly
Personal information
Irish name Diarmuid Ó Conghaile
Sport Gaelic football
Position Centre / Wing Forward
Born (1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 (age 33)
Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.85m (6ft1)
Nickname Dermo
Occupation National Sales Manager
Club(s)
Years Club
2005–
St Vincents
Club titles
Dublin titles 5
Leinster titles 4
All-Ireland Titles 2
Colleges(s)
Years College
2008–2010
Dublin Institute of Technology
College titles
Sigerson titles 0
Inter-county(ies)*
Years County Apps (scores)
2007–2020
Dublin 54 (12-75)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 11
All-Irelands 6
NFL 4
All Stars 2
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 14:55, 17 July 2019.

Diarmuid Connolly (born 7 July 1987) is an Irish Gaelic footballer. His league and championship career at senior level as a forward playing for the Dublin county team initially spanned 11 seasons from 2007 until 2018 when he left the panel after appearing in a league game against Mayo in February 2018.[1]

In July 2019, Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin confirmed in an interview with Dubs TV that Connolly was back training with the Dublin panel for the 2019 Championship. He went on to win sixth All Ireland title in September 2019. [2]

In October 2020, Connolly announced his retirement from inter-county football.[3][4]

Early life

Born in Dublin, Connolly inherited a passion for sport from his Kilkenny-born father and Clare-born mother. He was educated at his secondary school Ardscoil Rís where he played competitive Gaelic football and hurling,and attented scoil Marino for Primary School while he also played soccer with Belvedere F.C. and Home Farm F.C..[5]

Career

Connolly first came to prominence as a Gaelic footballer and hurler at juvenile and underage levels with St Vincent's. He made his debut with the club's senior team in 2004. Since then Connolly has two All-Ireland Club Football medals. He has also won four Leinster medals and four county championship medals.

Connolly made his debut on the inter-county scene when he was selected for the Dublin minor team in 2005. After an unsuccessful minor tenure, he later joined the Dublin under-21 teams as a dual player and won a Leinster medal as a hurler. Connolly made his senior debut during the 2007 O'Byrne Cup. He won five All-Ireland medals, beginning with lone triumphs in 2011 and 2013, and followed by three successive championships from 2015 to 2017. Connolly also won ten Leinster medals and four National League medals. He received twk All Star awards in 2014 and 2016.

In June 2017, Connolly received a 12-week ban after physical interference with linesman Ciaran Branagan during Dublin's win against Carlow in the quarter-final of the 2017 Leinster Senior Football Championship.[6][7]

In March 2018, Connolly left the Dublin senior football panel to spend the summer in Boston playing for Donegal Boston. He subsequently won the championship with the Boston club.[8]

In July 2019, Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin confirmed in an interview with Dubs TV that Diarmuid Connolly was back training with the Dublin panel for the 2019 championship season.[2]

Peil Star film

In 2016, Diarmuid Connolly appeared in a Street Gaelic Football film created by Peil Star with Dublin teammate Shane Carthy and New York footballer C. J. Molloy. In the video, Connolly kicks a Gaelic football across the River Liffey in Dublin. [9]

Personal life

His granny died in February 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Career statistics

As of rejoining Dublin GAA Senior Football panel 14 July 2019.
Team Season National League Leinster All-Ireland Total
Division Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score
Dublin 2007 Division 1A 6 1-06 3 0-00 2 0-04 11 1-10
2008 Division 2 3 1-06 2 1-05 1 0-00 6 2-11
2009 Division 1 5 0-10 3 0-01 1 0-00 9 0-11
2010 1 0-00 0 0-00 0 0-00 1 0-00
2011 8 4-11 3 1-03 3 0-07 14 5-21
2012 7 4-21 2 1-04 2 0-02 11 5-27
2013 8 1-20 3 1-04 3 0-05 14 2-29
2014 5 2-11 3 1-04 2 1-07 10 4-22
2015 5 1-05 3 3-06 4 1-04 12 5-15
2016 6 3-05 3 1-09 4 1-07 13 5-21
2017 3 0-02 1 0-01 2 0-01 6 0-04
2018 0 0-00 0 0-00 0 0-00 0 0-00
2019 0 0-00 0 0-00 0 0-00 0 0-00
Total 57 17-97 26 9-37 24 3-37 107 29-171

Honours

St Vincents

Dublin

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Keeping up with Diarmuid Connolly: The Dublin star talks family, hurling and MMA". The 42. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Jim Gavin confirms Diarmuid Connolly return to Dublin camp". Dublin GAA. 14 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Diarmuid Connolly hangs up his boots with Dublin". 30 September 2020 – via www.rte.ie. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Diarmuid Connolly announces inter-county retirement to bring brilliant Dublin career to a close". The 42. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  5. ^ Keys, Colm (20 July 2016). "I didn't really follow the footballers when I was growing up - Connolly". The 42. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Diarmuid Connolly LOSES CHC appeal against 12-week ban for linesman push". Irish Independent. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Life without Diarmuid - Dublin set to start without Connolly for first time after 28-game run". The 42. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Dublin leave door open for Diarmuid Connolly return ahead of five in-a-row bid". Irish Independent. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Diarmuid Connolly's wheelie bin trick shot and kick across the Liffey are damn impressive".
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