The last time I saw Diarmuid Connolly was on a bitterly cold night in Castlebar, when he was playing for Dublin, in a Dublin jersey. That was a mere 3 1/2 months ago. He hasn’t retired. He is not out with a long term injury. He is still, in my head, a Dublin footballer. I can not just turn my brain off and stop thinking about him and of him, as a Dublin footballer, just because he is taking this summer off. Until the sad day comes and he announces his retirement for good, he is to me - Diarmuid Connolly, the Dublin footballer. Just as Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion were when they were away in 2014 and 2016.
If you are able to make that complete break in your head, fine, good for you. I can’t. I imagine I am like most Dublin supporters, who will take more than a passing interest in what he gets up to. I want what’s best for him in the long term and if a years break is what he needs to do after a rather mental 2018, then good luck to him. Will the media report on anything newsworthy that he does, or is rumoured to about to do. Yes, they will. Will I read it? Yes, I will. Will I be all that bothered about it? As long as it’s not overly intrusive or disrespectful, then no I won’t. I honestly don’t see the big deal if the media reports his possibly going to the States, not when lots of other high profile players summer time movements get reported on too.