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12th Apr 2018

Diarmuid Connolly named to start for St. Vincent’s but doesn’t line out

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Ben Kiely

Another twist in the tale.

This last year has been a very eventful year for Diarmuid Connolly. The Dublin star’s recent absence has been the talk of the county and beyond.

Ever since he laid his hands on linesman Ciaran Branagan’s chest in Portlaoise, he hasn’t been able to reclaim his place on the Dublin football team. Reports began circulating that he was set to take a break from football in order to join up with Pat Gilroy and the Dublin hurlers. However, Jim Gavin has been insisting that he was merely being rested and that he was not cut from the football panel.

The uncertainty surrounding Connolly extended to the club scene. Connolly, who has been one of the key hurlers for St Vincent’s in recent times, was a notable absentee in their panel for their Dublin Senior A Round 1 clash against Raheny last weekend.

Despite being named at centre forward on his club’s starting XV for their Dublin Senior A opener against Skerries Harps in Parnell Park on Thursday, Connolly didn’t start the game as this seemingly never-ending sage took another twist.

The 30-year-old was key to St Vincents winning a third consecutive title last October, scoring the decisive goal in their 1-8 to 0-8 victory over Ballymun Kickhams.

Diarmuid Connolly

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