"....the Irish National Quidditch Team! Presenting - Connolly! Ryan! Troy! Mullet! Moran! Quigley! Aaaaaand - Lynch!"
-- Ludo Bagman introducing the Irish team onto the pitch (GF8)
Connolly was a Beater for Ireland’s National Team at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.
Along with fellow Beater Quigley, Connolly was part of the Irish team in the 1994 Quidditch World Cup final, all riding Firebolts. He and Moran, one of the Chasers, and supported the injured Aidan Lynch when the Cup was presented to the winning Irish team members, following Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum's surprise capture of the Snitch (GF8).
Connolly is an Anglicised form of the Old Gaelic name O'Conghaile. The Gaelic prefix O means "male descendant of". The name Conghaile comes from con "a hound" and gal "valour". Therefore the name could be rendered as "descendants of the Hound of Valour" (Internet Surname Database).
Like the other members of the Irish National Team, Connolly is named for one of J.K. Rowling's friends:
"The Irish Quidditch team players are all named after people I have known." (JKR)