Football championship will be diminished by Diarmuid Connolly’s absence

Likes of Mayo, Kerry and Tyrone fully aware Dublin now without a proven serial winner

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is not available for selection for the upcoming 2018 GAA Championship. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is not available for selection for the upcoming 2018 GAA Championship. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the giddy minutes (city euphoria, Mayo returned to Virgil’s Mourning Fields), just after Dublin won their third All-Ireland in a row last September, the television cameras caught an on-field exchange in which Diarmuid Connolly happily reminded a team-mate that this was their fourth title now.

The St Vincent’s man was actually mistaken; it was five and his team-mate held up his hand to confirm that fact. Connolly shook his head, incandescent with delight and clearly mouthed “Five!” in amazement. His confusion in the moment was understandable.

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