Born in Dublin in 1971, author Philip O’Connor’s earliest sporting memories are of standing on Hill 16 in Croke Park with his father, grandfather and older brother as the outstanding Dublin Gaelic football team of the 1970s battled against their great rivals from Kerry.
Those visits to the temple of Irish sport and the titanic clashes between two great teams fostered in him a love of Gaelic games that survives to this day, despite many disappointments along the way.
Little did he know that over 30 years later he would team up with a Kerryman, Colin Courtney, to play alongside him and other Irish ex-patriates as they founded the Stockholm Gaels.
Having met the Swedish girl who would become his wife in Dublin in 1994, Philip moved to the Swedish capital in 1999 and they married in 2002.
The proud father of two daughters, Philip now runs his own communications business which he set up in 2010, mostly to allow him to indulge in his passion for sports journalism and photography.