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'Who wouldn't want Anthony Daly involved? Limerick are lucky to have him' - TJ Ryan

Daly is the new Director of Limerick’s underage hurling academy and minor coach.

Anthony Daly's involvement with Limerick hurling at underage level has been welcomed by senior manager TJ Ryan.
Anthony Daly's involvement with Limerick hurling at underage level has been welcomed by senior manager TJ Ryan.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

ALTHOUGH THEY WON’T be working in tandem, Limerick senior hurling manager TJ Ryan expects Anthony Daly to make a big contribution to the county.

Daly, who stepped down as Dublin boss in September after six seasons in charge, has taken over as Director of Limerick’s underage hurling academy. The former Clare captain will also coach the minor team on Shannonside.

While explaining that their roles are “completely separate”, Ryan welcomed Daly’s appointment at the launch of the 2015 Allianz Hurling League at Croke Park yesterday.

“I’ve no doubt he’ll be a good asset,” said Ryan, who’s beginning his second season at helm in Limerick. “He’s brilliant, he’s working away there with the underage squads and with the minors.

“Who wouldn’t want Anthony Daly involved? He’s a passionate man, a brilliant man to have involved and, as far as I’m concerned, Limerick are lucky to have him.”

Daly was appointed to his new role in December, which sees him succeed former Antrim manager and Cork coach Jerry Wallace.

TJ Ryan Limerick senior hurling manager TJ Ryan. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The three-time All-Star defender has nine seasons of senior inter-county management experience and won Allianz League and Leinster Championship titles during his tenure as Dublin manager.

When asked if he plans to tap into Daly’s knowledge for the season ahead, Ryan said: “I will never refuse any good advice.”

Ryan and Daly crossed paths on several occasions during their playing careers, including in the Munster finals of 1994 — when Limerick were victorious — and 1995, when Daly captained Clare to their first provincial title in 63 years.

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