For Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy, it was written in a scrapbook some 21 years ago when at national school he scribbled down his future dreams and they included playing for Donegal in Croke Park.
Recently, purely by accident, he came upon the scrapbook once more. “Mum was cleaning out the room and just came on old scrapbook of mine. It said Dermot Molloy, 10 years of age. My hopes was to play for Donegal and win an All-Ireland medal. I wouldn’t be one to be looking after things, but we just came upon it,” said Dermot, speaking in the Naomh Conaill gym at their press night ahead of the county final.
The sharpshooter is looking forward to another final after poor memories of club football in 2011.
“For now it’s just a matter for us of getting ready mentally and physically for the battle ahead. For us, we’re just delighted to get back there again.
“It was a bad year for us last year. We didn’t do ourselves justice at all. We won the county title in 2010 and had a good Ulster club campaign but then we didn’t perform at all last year. Glenswilly beat us up here on the pitch and it was a nightmare and a long year after that.
“I remember being in this gym the evening before the county final last year at half one in the morning with Cathal Ellis saying we’ll definitely this time next year, we’ll be back in the thick of it.
“It’s nice to be sitting here now, having a talk about it and being back in the final again,” said Dermot.
Molloy knows that it has been difficult for club players this summer. “We were kind of lucky enough to have the support of the club players. It’s very difficult for them being down training every night in May, June, July knowing that they are not going to play a championship game for another six weeks or so. But to be fair, any time we got the chance we were down kicking with them, training with them and just trying to fit in as much as we could,” said Dermot, who said that they worked hard at keeping a good bond.
He hinted that maybe they did not do that enough in 2011 and that may have been a factor in the defeat to Glenswilly.
“There are 30 men in this squad who are pushing each other every night. County men or not, we are just happy to work our own wee corner and keep it going for the team.
“Full credit to Glenswilly last year. For us it was more the disappointment of losing a first round, going out to defend our title. It was very, very disappointing and to be out so early in the year. I know we won the league, but at the end of the day since 2005, it’s all about winning championship, be it minor, under-21 or senior.
“I’ve got plenty of medals, but I want to add to what I have. I’m very, very lucky with what I have and I’m very grateful to the managers who have given me the opportunity at club and county level,” said Dermot.
Molloy has good memories already year, with the highlight getting on the field near the end of the All-Ireland final: “That made it for me, coming on. It was a long year and I was just delighted. I’m only 21 yet and I’m only learning. I have to take each year as it comes and I want to get better.”