Anthony Daly: Offaly were codding us, and themselves, as a culture of indifference set in

Anthony Daly: Offaly were codding us, and themselves, as a culture of indifference set in

Last autumn, I got a call from someone on the committee established to find the next Offaly hurling manager. The guy I spoke to was full of ambition and intent. ...

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Anthony Daly: Do Tipperary have the savagery to go for back-to-back titles?

Anthony Daly: Do Tipperary have the savagery to go for back-to-back titles?

When Clarecastle met Newmarket-on-Fergus in the 1992 championship, we went into the game as raging hot favourites, not just because we were reigning county champions, ...

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Anthony Daly: Charisma and character oozed from every pore of Waterford's golden generation

Anthony Daly: Charisma and character oozed from every pore of Waterford's golden generation

W HEN Johnny Ryan blew the half-time whistle in the 2014 Dublin-Waterford league relegation final, the four members of the Waterford management surrounded Johnny ...

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Anthony Daly: It'd be a sin for the GAA to spend the rest of the year cat-calling, squabbling, and in-fighting

Anthony Daly: It'd be a sin for the GAA to spend the rest of the year cat-calling, squabbling, and in-fighting

After Clare defeated Wexford in the 2005 All-Ireland quarter-final, I walked over to Fr Harry Bohan in the Croke Park dressingroom and made a proud pronouncement, ...

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Anthony Daly: So you want to know the secrets of coaching...

Anthony Daly: So you want to know the secrets of coaching...

Despite being gone from Dublin now for six years, the bonds I formed with the management and backroom staff are so strong that we still have our own Whatsapp group. ...

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Anthony Daly: It was a matter of ‘can we keep these boys down for another year?’ Eventually, we couldn’t

Anthony Daly: It was a matter of ‘can we keep these boys down for another year?’ Eventually, we couldn’t

The Doora-Barefield man instantly fanned the flame and got it flickering in our minds again.

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Anthony Daly: Kerry hurling should be helped build their own kingdom

Anthony Daly: Kerry hurling should be helped build their own kingdom

All these years on, those cheeky boyos below in Lixnaw in north Kerry still can’t resist having a go at me.

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Anthony Daly: 'Maybe we were just a bit madder and wilder back in our time'

Anthony Daly: 'Maybe we were just a bit madder and wilder back in our time'

In October 1996, Clare travelled to Belfast for the official opening of the Patrick Sarsfields club’s new pitch on Stewartstown Avenue, a two-day event, based ...

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Anthony Daly: We look at Cork differently now - they’re no longer the feared machine they once were

Anthony Daly: We look at Cork differently now - they’re no longer the feared machine they once were

“To mention putting hunger into Cork players shouldn’t be a problem. If they’re not hungry now, when are they going to be hungry? Or how are you ...

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Anthony Daly: How Limerick built a hurling legacy

Anthony Daly: How Limerick built a hurling legacy

One evening in 2017, all the Limerick hurling coaches and managers from U14 up to senior sat down for an internal conference in Castletroy.

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Anthony Daly: An insider’s guide to magic and mayhem of ‘The Sunday Game’

Anthony Daly: An insider’s guide to magic and mayhem of ‘The Sunday Game’

It was just my luck that my first appearance as a pundit on TV was more like being an analyst on BoxNation than on The Sunday Game.

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Anthony Daly: Sometimes we all go too far, but the game always returns us to what’s most important in life

Anthony Daly: Sometimes we all go too far, but the game always returns us to what’s most important in life

In 2002, my older brother Michael first admitted to the grip alcohol had on his life. The disease had been following him around like a black dog and Michael finally ...

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Anthony Daly: Like all great leaders, Cody is still searching for more

Anthony Daly: Like all great leaders, Cody is still searching for more

In October 1999, the All-Stars trip took us over to Boston, with the match between the 1998 and 1999 All-Stars taking place in Canton.

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Anthony Daly: In 1990 all I knew was abject misery and disappointment as a Clare hurler

Anthony Daly: In 1990 all I knew was abject misery and disappointment as a Clare hurler

In 1990 all I knew was abject misery and disappointment as a Clare hurler

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Anthony Daly: I always said that if I was a Dub, I’d have been a northsider

Anthony Daly: I always said that if I was a Dub, I’d have been a northsider

We were in the Amendoeira golf resort in Portugal one year with the Dublin hurlers when the fire alarm was set off one night, writes Anthony Daly.

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Anthony Daly: I think we will come out of this a lot better as a society

Anthony Daly: I think we will come out of this a lot better as a society

I took my last order of wall balls from India some time around 2016. Tommy Howard and I had a company ‘Daly Wall Ball’, where we used to ship the product ...

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Anthony Daly: John Kiely wants Limerick thinking more is never enough

Anthony Daly: John Kiely wants Limerick thinking more is never enough

When Henry Martin wrote his book ‘Unlimited Heartbreak’ around a decade ago, he effectively documented what it said on the tin for the Limerick hurling ...

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Anthony Daly: Refixtures tip the power balance in league gameshow

Anthony Daly: Refixtures tip the power balance in league gameshow

Before Dublin played Waterford in the last round of the 2012 league, we already knew our fate and that, whatever the result, we’d be facing into a relegation ...

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Anthony Daly: Cynicism not gone away but Harty Cup showcases joy in purest form

Anthony Daly: Cynicism not gone away but Harty Cup showcases joy in purest form

It doesn’t always happen but, invariably, the wheel will turn full circle. At the end of the Dr Harty Cup final yesterday, I spotted my clubmate and former ...

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Anthony Daly: Commitment, culture, and craic: The value of GAA training camps

Anthony Daly: Commitment, culture, and craic: The value of GAA training camps

Unlike other counties, we’ve never had a history of amalgamations in Clare. The last amalgamated team to contest a senior hurling final was St Brendan’s ...

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Anthony Daly: Are referees and the GAA trying to destroy our game or what?

Anthony Daly: Are referees and the GAA trying to destroy our game or what?

I’M not exactly revealing any home truths when I say that hurling people, especially myself, can be snobby, particularly when it comes to football. We don’t ...

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Anthony Daly: Limerick would relish sowing doubt in Cork minds

Anthony Daly: Limerick would relish sowing doubt in Cork minds

You get the feeling now that Limerick are heading to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday with blood on their minds, writes Anthony Daly.

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Anthony Daly: Squeezed in the middle by climate change and crazy calendar

Anthony Daly: Squeezed in the middle by climate change and crazy calendar

I was lucky enough to play in plenty of big games throughout my career but the most nervous I ever was before a match was the 1987 Harty Cup final against Midleton ...

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Anthony Daly: Inter-county management is a bit like social media now — the public will either press like or dislike

Anthony Daly: Inter-county management is a bit like social media now — the public will either press like or dislike

When Liam Cahill took over as Waterford manager last autumn, his first act was to take out his axe and get chopping. A host of names were dropped but when that list ...

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Anthony Daly: Potent, savage Limerick already look like the team to beat

Anthony Daly: Potent, savage Limerick already look like the team to beat

When I was walking out of Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening, I noticed some action on the 4G pitch. I knew it couldn’t be some club training ...

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Anthony Daly: Sideline subplot brings extra sizzle to Wexford Park

Anthony Daly: Sideline subplot brings extra sizzle to Wexford Park

WATCHING a club challenge game recently one of our forwards scored a brilliant goal but he was still admiring the strike when his man won the resultant puckout.

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Anthony Daly: Waterford looked united, purposeful, and composed

Anthony Daly: Waterford looked united, purposeful, and composed

I TOOK my place on the bank behind the near goal in Walsh Park yesterday and, a couple of minutes into the match, I was congratulating myself on the decision.

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Anthony Daly: Will some teams be holding something back? Of course they will, to a point

Anthony Daly: Will some teams be holding something back? Of course they will, to a point

When Dublin travelled to Cork for our last regular round league match in April 2011, we knew we had an outside chance of making a league final. We had to win, which ...

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Anthony Daly: One eternal truth: There’s no end to a Kilkenny man

Anthony Daly: One eternal truth: There’s no end to a Kilkenny man

WHEN Siobhan Madigan interviewed Colin Fennelly for RTÉ Radio 1 Sport just moments after yesterday’s All-Ireland club final, Fennelly spoke honestly ...

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Cockerels and pageantry, club weekend sprinkles stardust everywhere

Cockerels and pageantry, club weekend sprinkles stardust everywhere

Dan McCormack mentioned the photo in these pages earlier this week, the one taken at last weekend’s Offaly-Antrim Kehoe Cup final, of Michael Fennelly and ...

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Anthony Daly: Club magic the perfect antidote to wash away January blues

Anthony Daly: Club magic the perfect antidote to wash away January blues

When Brendan Maher nailed the late free which pushed Borris-Ileigh three points ahead yesterday, his hurley split from the bas upon the moment of impact, the loose ...

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Anthony Daly: A roaring twenties awaits — and hurling will be much better for it

Anthony Daly: A roaring twenties awaits — and hurling will be much better for it

This decade has been a fusion of revolution and domination.

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Anthony Daly: Brilliant Borris have swagger inspired by history and heritage

Anthony Daly: Brilliant Borris have swagger inspired by history and heritage

With 30 seconds remaining yesterday, as Borris-Ileigh were desperately trying to stay ahead, and Ballygunner were frantically trying to find a way to stay alive, ...

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Munster final has all the ingredients for battle royale

Munster final has all the ingredients for battle royale

The last time Borris-Ileigh played a Munster club final, back in 1986, the match nearly cost me a suspension from the Clare soccer league.

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Adaptable Gunners may need goal threat to go the distance

Adaptable Gunners may need goal threat to go the distance

When I looked at the match programme before yesterday’s Ballygunner-Patrickswell match, a number of aspects immediately struck me about the make-up of the ...

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Despite all the accolades, this medal may mean more to Brendan Maher

Despite all the accolades, this medal may mean more to Brendan Maher

There is something wonderful about a senior county final. Good weather day, bad weather day, any type of day. The whole occasion is so intimate.

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Hogans claim unique place in pantheon

Hogans claim unique place in pantheon

Halloween is here and so are the All Stars, but I don’t think there was anything that counts as a real scare in the 15 hurlers chosen.

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Lohan appointment will be fresh start for all concerned

Lohan appointment will be fresh start for all concerned

It looks like Brian Lohan will be ratified as Clare’s next senior manager, and it’s good to have the matter settled, if nothing else.

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For me the divisional concept lacks emotion and identity

For me the divisional concept lacks emotion and identity

When I travelled to last year’s Cork county final, I felt right at home when I saw the black and white flags and the huge swell of Midleton support.

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The process to appoint Clare manager has been a sham and an embarrassment

The process to appoint Clare manager has been a sham and an embarrassment

Before I led the Clarecastle team out at half-time of yesterday’s Clare county final, to collect our 25-year anniversary plaques, somebody handed me the 1994 ...

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The conveyor belt is motoring in Tipp but Cork’s fireproof confidence is gone

The conveyor belt is motoring in Tipp but Cork’s fireproof confidence is gone

When I was strolling out the Ennis Road in Limerick on Saturday evening, I met a few Tipperary fans already heading for home.

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Dunne and O’Shea have dovetailed beautifully with Sheedy

Dunne and O’Shea have dovetailed beautifully with Sheedy

As hurling people, we live for big days like excited kids on our birthday, but the All-Ireland final is usually our Christmas Day, the day when we are entitled to ...

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The only certainty about tomorrow is that we are set for a classic

The only certainty about tomorrow is that we are set for a classic

Sports psychology has always intrigued me.

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The last weekend in July has become our annual Woodstock, our own hurling festival weekend

The last weekend in July has become our annual Woodstock, our own hurling festival weekend

When the GAA redrew and reshaped the fixtures calendar last year, I was raging with the plan because I felt it would strangle hurling’s profile. The early ...

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Won’t Cody and Cats just relish taking on the big dogs

Won’t Cody and Cats just relish taking on the big dogs

The first time I saw Peter Casey during my time with the Limerick Academy, and as Limerick minor coach in 2015, I felt he’d be more suited to being a jockey ...

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Mind the gap - the dangerous leap from provincial champions to All-Ireland contenders

Mind the gap - the dangerous leap from provincial champions to All-Ireland contenders

One evening a few weeks back, Jackie Tyrrell and I were talking about the Dr Harty Cup when I mentioned to Jackie that my Harty medal from 1987 meant far more to ...

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It’s magical when young players play with freedom of expression

It’s magical when young players play with freedom of expression

Before this game last night, the Tipperary seniors did their last hard training session for the Wexford match before arriving into Semple Stadium in their training ...

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Too many from Cork didn’t want to know when the old beast roared

Too many from Cork didn’t want to know when the old beast roared

Just before half-time, I glanced down from the RTÉ box and observed Brian Cody spitting into his hands and rubbing them together.

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If Cork let it become a battle, Cats will come daubed in war paint

If Cork let it become a battle, Cats will come daubed in war paint

Dónal Óg Cusack had already begun changing the game with short puckouts in 2003 and 2004 but Damien Fitzhenry’s puckout masterclass against Kilkenny ...

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