|Irish name||Micheal Ó Conaill|
|*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 23:02, 4 August 2014.|
Born in Limerick, O'Connell first excelled at hurling whilst at school at Midleton CBS Secondary School. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of eighteen when he first linked up with the Cork minor team, before later joining the under-21 side. He made his senior debut during the 1999 championship. O'Connell went on to play a key part for Cork, and won one All-Ireland medal and three Munster medals.
As a member of the Munster inter-provincial, O'Connell lined out with the team on a number of occasions, however, he never won a Railway Cup medal. At club level he enjoyed a lengthy career with Midleton.
Throughout his career O'Connell made 19 championship appearances. After initially leaving the Cork panel after the 2001 championship, O'Connell made a number of comebacks before eventually retiring prior to the start of the 2006 championship.
In retirement from playing O'Connell has become involved in coaching as a selector with various Midleton club teams.
- Midleton CBS
- Dr. Harty Cup (1): 1995
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (2): 1999, 2004 (sub)
- Munster Senior Hurling Championship (5): 1999, 2000, 2003
- All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship (2): 1997, 1998
- Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship (3): 1996, 1997, 1998
- All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship (1): 1995
- Munster Minor Hurling Championship (1): 1995
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- "O'Connell returns for Cork hurlers". RTÉ Sport. 16 February 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
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