Daire O’Connor’s open letter to fans after Irish League exit with Ayr transfer

Daire O’Connor has signed off on his time at Cliftonville with an open letter to the supporters.

Wednesday, 28th July 2021, 7:08 pm

The 24-year-old winger scored eight goals in 39 appearances for the Reds and has confirmed a move to Scottish Championside side Ayr United.

In a message published on the official Cliftonville website, the County Wicklow-born player offered special mention to Reds boss Paddy McLaughlin and chairman Gerard Lawlor.

“Unfortunately, my time at Cliftonville FC has come to an end,” wrote O’Connor. “It has been extremely enjoyable playing for a club of such stature, fan base and history.

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Daire O’Connor (left) celebrates scoring a goal last season for Cliftonville. Pic by Pacemaker.

“I would like to thank Paddy, Gerard and all the backroom staff for taking a gamble by bringing me to Cliftonville last October.

“I have loved my time at the club and particularly the latter end of the season when I was able to integrate with the fans for the first time.

“The club is one big family and I am delighted I was able to a part of it in my short time here.

“I’ve decided to pursue a new challenge, in a new League and embrace a new full-time environment.

“I’ll certainly remain a big Cliftonville fan and I look forward to visiting a packed out Solitude soon and witness what I should’ve seen every week last year!

“All the best for the coming season.”

O’Connor signed a one-year deal at Ayr and manager David Hopkin described the player as having “real potential for him to be a big fans’ favourite here” and the former Cork City man as “pacy and a really tricky player”.

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