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'I think funds could be raised because players have shown their interest'

The Clare man guided Munster to success last night.

Anthony Daly celebrates after the game Anthony Daly with Cian Dillon, Noel Connors and Shane Fives after last night's win. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

ANTHONY DALY HAS thrown his weight behind an idea to give the gate receipts to charity from the GAA Interprovincial football and hurling championships.

The Clare man last night managed Munster to defeat Leinster in the hurling decider in Thurles but interest has dwindled in the competition in recent years and only a paltry attendance of 592 fans turned up at Semple Stadium.

When there is late night shopping, I suppose it is hard,” admitted Daly, speaking to RTÉ Sport.

“A regular slot would be a great thing. I think John Mullane had a great idea during the week when he said that maybe a charity could come in behind it [the competition].

“I think funds could be raised because players have shown their interest.”

Daly praised the players commitment to the Munster cause and the standard of hurling on offer.

Munster celebrates after after the game Munster players celebrate after the game Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

“It was a great game of hurling under lights, an incredible set of players. It’s great to be winning at the end of the year.

“They [Leinster] came to win, you saw the way [TJ] Reid played out there, Pádraig Walsh, these fellas.

James Barry and Dan McCormack with TJ Reid James Barry and Dan McCormack challenge TJ Reid Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

“I saw an interview with Tommy Walsh saying how he always loved playing it and Pádraig was the very same out there. I suppose it means nothing to some people. It’s a unique kind of thing.

“I’m not saying we’re training four nights a week or anything, but we have trained one night a week for the past four weeks and there has been a great turnout and respect.

“This bunch of fellas will never be together again. Lads responded individually and collectively.”

Paraic Maher celebrates with Dan McCormack after the game Pauric Maher celebrates with Dan McCormack Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

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