There is a real buzz around Dublin hurling this winter as former football manager Pat Gilroy takes charge of the men from the capital as they look to show the form that won them a Leinster title in 2013.
While there is speculation about individuals who may return to the set-up, one of the biggest names to represent the Dubs in hurling has called it a day.
David ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan was for many years the go-to man when Dublin hurling were knocking on the door of the big boys. He played his part as the likes of Anthony Daly brought them to the next level but has opted not to commit to the side for 2018.
While Dublin gone from also-rans to looking to get to All-Ireland quarter and semi-finals each season, O’Callaghan was a big part of this development, both as a leader – and a man with an eye for the posts.
The new season will see a hectic schedule as the provincial championships will be played on a round-robin basis, meaning there will be four high-intensity matches over a five-week period.
Dotsy won’t be a part of this, but what he has given to hurling in the capital cannot be underestimated.
After a 15-year career, O’Callaghan said in a statement:
It’s been a great honour and dream come true for me to represent Dublin over the last 15 years.
I would simply like to thank and pay tribute to all my teachers, everyone in St Mark’s GAA Club, the Dublin supporters, Dublin Development Squad Mentors right up to The Senior Management, back room and medical teams for all their help and encouragement and to all the great players past and present I’ve been lucky to soldier alongside.
A special mention to my family for putting up with my mood swings before big games!
To all the staff in Parnell Park and the GPA I also thank you for all your assistance throughout.
Finally I would like to wish Pat Gilroy, his management team and all the players the best of luck for 2018 in what are exciting times for Dublin Hurling.
Up the Dubs!