Anthony Daly - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

ANTHONY DALY: More balanced Limerick get big guns firing

Even if Cork had Luke Meade and Darragh Fitzgibbon I still would have felt that Limerick were more balanced. And they were, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: Grounded Waterford get the job done with no frills

Waterford were just the better team. So were Tipperary on Saturday but there was still a sense that Clare left it after them. You cannot argue against 21 points from play to seven, but some of the missed chances for Clare were soul destroying, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: Clare must throw off the shackles against Tipperary

So finally, the big day has arrived. The Páirc is back open, with a shiny new stadium wrapped up in a big red bow, writes Anthony Daly

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ANTHONY DALY: Cork pack lethal counterpunch

Yesterday was tough, in more ways than one. I wasn’t in Thurles because I watched the game from the RTÉ studios in Montrose. It felt weird but, in another way, it was easier. 

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ANTHONY DALY: A pumped Clare’s best might just be good enough

Having Dónal Óg Cusack on board is a big advantage, especially with Clare’s need to shut down Anthony Nash’s puckouts, particularly to Conor Lehane, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: A steel fist in a maroon velvet glove

Anytime I get the lift down from the press box to level 2 in the Hogan Stand, I always look over at the hurling roll of honour as I make my way out through the corridor of the main exit.

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ANTHONY DALY: The Bob O’Keeffe Cup is not Galway’s Holy Grail but success is now demanded

Before the 2013 Leinster final, we were listening to a standard backing track in Dublin.

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ANTHONY DALY: Confident Cork have new mentality

As I parked my car in Dr Morris Park before yesterday’s game, the Moycarkey Pipe band were just tuning up before the U25 game. 

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ANTHONY DALY: Derek McGrath won’t want Waterford v Cork to become a shoot-out

Cork ran riot at times against Tipp but Waterford will question how much Tipp really tested them, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: Kilkenny fear factor melts away in a boiling cauldron

Over the last three weeks, everyone raved about the quality of the Cork-Tipperary match but Saturday night’s game appealed to me a lot more, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: Big pussycat may come back to bite Wexford

In various conversations with the three Kilkenny Sunday Game analysts — Henry Shefflin, Jackie Tyrell and Eddie Brennan — over the last couple of months, you could almost sense the manic, primal Kilkennyesque ferocity in them anytime Wexford and June 10 was mentioned, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: Limerick contaminated by 1B virus

Given my Clare loyalty and my Limerick connections to their underage Academy, I stole into Thurles yesterday like a thief in the night; head down, baseball cap pulled tightly down over my eyes, plain clothes, biro and notepad in my hand.

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ANTHONY DALY: Clare’s hunger and desire has to be stronger than everyone else

Clare have only won one game in Munster since 2008. It hasn’t been good enough, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: Dubs in a deep hole but Galway look made for HQ

When I was coming out of Tullamore yesterday, I ran into a few Dublin supporters. The disappointment and frustration was visible on their faces.

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ANTHONY DALY: Why did Cunningham take a wrecking ball to the Dubs?

On Wednesday night I took out a pen and paper and wrote down an alternative Dublin team to the one that is selected for tomorrow in Tullamore.

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ANTHONY DALY: Cork’s acorns grew into oak trees yesterday

Donie Walsh is a Cork man but he’s a Garda based in Limerick who hurls for the Clarecastle Junior B’s. He is a diehard Chelsea fan, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: Cork will have a good cut, but unlikely to spike Tipp ambitions

Cork will believe they can give Tipperary a fair rattle, writes Anthony Daly.

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Jamie Barron, Waterford; Stephen McDonnell, Cork; Padraic Maher, Tipperary; Pat O'Connor, Clare and James Ryan, Limerick.

ANTHONY DALY: May Day has passed and D-Day is looming

On my first year on the Clare panel in 1989, we had five-weeks with the clubs after the league finished, writes Anthony Daly.

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