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Con O'Callaghan completes one of the great individual 12 months in GAA history

The UCD student picked up his fourth All-Ireland medal in the last 12 months today.

CON O’CALLAGHAN MAKES it all look so easy.

The 21-year-old scored his second goal in two games to lead Dublin past Mayo today and collect another All-Ireland medal. It’s been quite the year for the UCD student.

O’Callaghan was a member of the Dublin squad that defeated Mayo in the All-Ireland final last October, while he picked up Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland hurling titles with Cuala by the following March.

Con O’Callaghan lifts The Sam Maguire Con O’Callaghan lifts The Sam Maguire in 2016 Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Colum Sheanon and Con O'Callaghan celebrate at the final whistle Con O'Callaghan played a key role in Cuala's All-Ireland club hurling success Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

By April, O’Callaghan was toasting another success, this time All-Ireland U21 football glory with the Sky Blues who defeated Galway in Tullamore.

Cillian O’Shea and Con O’Callaghan lift the trophy Con O’Callaghan and Cillian O’Shea lift the U21 trophy Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Despite playing no league football, he was pitched straight into Jim Gavin’s senior side for the start of the championship and kicked an incredible 12 points to claim man-of-the-match in the Leinster final victory over Kildare.

Con O'Callaghan and Niall Scully celebrate Con O'Callaghan and Niall Scully celebrate today's win over Mayo Source: James Crombie/INPHO

O’Callaghan scored key early goals against Tyrone and Mayo on the way to another All-Ireland. He has the Young Footballer of the Year award wrapped up since the early part of the summer, while his first All-Star will follow in November.

And he’s the second-favourite to win the Footballer of the Year, behind team-mate Stephen Cluxton.

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