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Anthony Daly Explains Why Gaelic Grounds Is Right Choice For Clare

Anthony Daly Explains Why Gaelic Grounds Is Right Choice For Clare
By PJ Browne Updated
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Anthony Daly says the Munster hurling final being held at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick is the right choice for Clare.

The Banner face the reigning All-Ireland champions at their home ground on June 11th. Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Semple Stadium were the other venues in consideration to hold the game.

"It was strongly rumoured that the Gaelic Grounds might be an option," the former Clare captain said on RTÉ Radio One's Morning Ireland show.

"Some people might have felt that we shouldn't have been going in to play them in their home patch but logistically it's a good venue for everybody.

"It's ten minutes from the likes of John Conlon, Diarmuid Ryan, the Shannon lads, the 'Bridge lads. It's a great venue, right on the doorstep - easier to get to for those lads than Cusack Park.

"Clare played them there five weeks ago. What's the big deal? We all saw last Sunday, it's a fantastic stadium. 50-50 on the tickets, bring it on. Let them at it. They produced an incredible Munster final last year.


"It would have been a big worry for Brian Lohan [if the game had been placed in Páirc Uí Chaoimh] and the team as well because the match is on at quarter to two, you'd have to get to Cork, what time do you leave?


"It would have been a bit of a mare. For everybody, this is easier.

"It's a field with goalposts! These two teams know each other well, they'll go at it, and we can't wait."

29 April 2023; Cathal Malone of Clare in action against Tom Morrissey, left, and Peter Casey of Limerick during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match between Limerick and Clare at TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Daly continue: "We were worried going into the big three games two week ago. The Cork match in the senior, the U20s put up a fantastic display against a great Cork team, and the minors beat Kilkenny in the semi-final.

"We're all looking forward to going to Thurles to see our minors on Sunday [in the [All-Ireland final]. There's a feel that we're in a very good place.


"We didn't win Munster since '98, which upsets a lot of us. We'll be all out to win Munster but at the same time, we're through to the All-Ireland quarter-final either way."

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