Local GAA legend David ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan has announced his retirement from the Dublin senior hurling team.
The St Marks clubman, who is one of the few players to win Leinster titles in both hurling and football for Dublin, made his senior inter-county hurling debut in the Walsh cup in 2003 years ago while also enjoying a stint with the Dublin football team, before committing solely to hurling in 2008.
His hurling career with Dublin saw him experience some amazing highs by winning the National Hurling League in 2011 and the Leinster championship in 2013.
With his club St Marks he won won the Senior Club Hurling ‘B’ Championship in 2006, scoring 0-5 in the final in what was a famous victory for the Springfield club.
In honour of his hurling club performances for St Marks that season he was named on the 2006 Dublin Bus/Evening Herald Blue Star hurling XV.
He overcame a bad back injury at the start of the year which threatened to finish his career and rejoined the Dublin hurling panel in April for what would be his last season in a Dubs jersey.
In a statement issued via dublingaa.ie, Dotsy said:
“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!”
Dublin GAA said they “would like to thank Dotsy for his service to his county, and wish him the very best for the future”.