ANTHONY DALY: Cork need to put steel fist into silk glove

When Cork finally hit a rhythm and a groove in the second quarter yesterday, everybody around me was probably thinking the same as the entire hurling community. ‘Yeah, Cork have finally got it together now. They’ve weathered the storm. They’ll drive on. They’ll win this handy.’ And the Cork players certainly seemed to think the same.

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ANTHONY DALY: This Cork side know all about hurt. Tomorrow is time for joy

The last quarter of the 2015 Munster minor semi-final was one of the sweetest 15 minutes that I ever put down as a coach, writes Anthony Daly 

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ANTHONY DALY: As Bull McCabe said to the Yank: When others left, we stayed

By last Sunday morning, my voice was creaking, writes Anthony Daly

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ANTHONY DALY: If Joe Canning’s free had gone over for a draw...

I’m so pleased for Limerick.

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ANTHONY DALY: I loved that rush but I’ve also seen final day break some fellas

When the mood takes me, I’ll often head back to the Atlantic Ocean in west Clare for a dip. Living so close to the sea gives me that luxury and I have any amount of options; the Pollock Holes in Kilkee, Cappa near Kilrush, White Strand in Doonbeg, Spanish Point in Miltown Malbay. Beautiful spots, every one of them.

When I was over Dublin, we would often go for recovery sessions in the Irish Sea, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: The hurling academy: A Limerick legend’s legacy

The Limerick academy I was involved with for three years was about fostering a culture of doing things the right way — and not necessarily all about winning. Some people in the county had issues with me over that but I never had anyone say a single negative thing to my face, writes Anthony Daly

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ANTHONY DALY: Battery running low but the Tribe march on

At the end of the match yesterday, I shook hands with Michael Lyster. It may be my last time doing a live TV game with Michael, who retires from RTÉ at the end of this year, and I wanted to acknowledge his help to me, and his absolute professionalism, over the years.

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ANTHONY DALY: From Clare's point of view, what has changed? Nothing.

Clare were poxed to get a draw with Galway in the 1999 All-Ireland quarter-final. 

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ANTHONY DALY: Limerick were brilliant but Cork will be asking hard questions

At the end of the match yesterday, I shook hands with Dave Punch, the former Limerick hurler, who works for RTÉ. He asked me if I saw the attendance. I did, I said — 71,000. Dave corrected me. ‘No, Dalo, 71,073.’ 

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ANTHONY DALY: Clare must box clever and hit moving targets

On the evening of the Clare-Wexford game two weeks ago, I left Cork and headed straight to Whitegate, the last outpost in east Clare, right on the Galway border.

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ANTHONY DALY: Brilliant, sublime, heroic: God’s game delivers again

These boys don’t think like past Limerick teams, writes Anthony Daly.

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ANTHONY DALY: A day that will require Davy Fitzgerald to suspend the waves of emotion

The first time I managed Dublin against my own county, in 2009, we had the chance to officially relegate Clare from Division 1.

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ANTHONY DALY: Donoghue’s message clicked: Nobody is untouchable

Over the last while, I’ve been listening to Alan O’Mara’s excellent podcast ‘Real Talks’.

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ANTHONY DALY: Galway must root out any idea that things will just happen

The Twitterati, and numerous other Twitter bandits, were laying it into Jackie Tyrrell and I hot and heavy last Sunday night. They weren’t happy with our comparative analysis between the Munster and Leinster finals. A few of them told us to go away and watch the World Cup, that we might know more about Colombia and Japan than Cork and Clare.

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ANTHONY DALY: Is it a west of Ireland thing, this lack of killer instinct?

Olive Esler, who handles the social media promotion for The Sunday Game was manic busy throughout yesterday afternoon.

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ANTHONY DALY: Why Clare ‘needs to hates’ those Cork boys a bit more

On the night Cork beat Clare in the 1999 Munster final, Johnny Callanan, the former Clarecastle and Clare hurler, and a great personal friend, told me a funny story. A few pints had helped to siphon some of the pain from the defeat but Cal wanted to try put more perspective on the day’s events.

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ANTHONY DALY: Derek’s winning approach was laced with class and dignity

As early as yesterday morning, some bookies had me priced at 5-1 to be installed as the next Waterford manager. Some free advice; keep yere money in yere pockets. The road from west Clare to Waterford is one significant reason I wouldn’t entertain the prospect. But the main one is pretty obvious — replacing Derek McGrath certainly won’t be an easy gig. For anyone.

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