It was announced just a short while ago this evening that Diarmuid O’Connor will captain the county team this year, with Paddy Durcan named as vice-captain.
Just as he did in following Cillian’s footsteps by winning the Young Footballer of the Year award two years running, now Diarmuid steps into the big brother’s shoes in the position of team captain, a position Cillian held for the previous three seasons.
Diarmuid made his senior debut for the county in the Connacht Championship preliminary round tie against New York at Gaelic Park in 2014. It’ll be back in the Big Apple this May that Diarmuid will now lead the team out for the first time in a Championship fixture.
The Ballintubber clubman always leads by example on the pitch, giving his all every time he lines out for the county. He’s been a leader ever since he broke into the senior team five years ago and he’s a great choice as captain for this year. Best of luck to him in the role, and to Paddy as well.