Dotsy announces retirement from Dublin hurling team

Dotsy announces retirement from Dublin hurling team

By William O'Connor

ST MARK’S GAA star David 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan has announced his retirement from the Dublin Senior Hurling team.

After a number of years with Minor Dublin teams, Dotsy made his Senior inter-county debut in the Walsh Cup nearly 15 years ago, and even enjoyed a stint as a dual-star with the county, before focusing on hurling from 2008. He also won a number of Leinster Senior Football Championship medals.

Dublins David OCallaghan

O’Callaghan told The Echo: “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!"

O’Callaghan helped St Mark’s to the Division Five Hurling League title this year while the side lost out in the Junior A Championship decider.

Dotsy has had black injury problems of late and he is still hoping to play club football and hurling with St Mark’s in 2018.