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Daly’s book recognised in awards shortlist

Posted by Keith Nulty in News | Oct 2014
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There have been plenty of GAA books released this year, but only two of them have made it onto the shortlist for the Irish Sports Book of the Year 2014.

Anthony Daly’s ‘Dalo: The Autobiography by Anthony Daly’, and Damien Lawlor’s ‘Field’s of Fire’ are the lucky contenders. They will vie it out with Roy Keane, Brian O’Driscoll, former masseuse to Lance Armstrong Emma O’Reilly, and former Irish soccer player Alan McLoughlin for the main prize. The winner will be announced at a gala event, on November 26th.

Former Clare hurler Daly pulls no punches in his offering, which went on sale this week. He criticises the Sunday Game analysts, who he believes are responsible for his Dublin hurlers being labelled as “manufactured”.

He also hits out at the Dublin county board for not expanding hurling into more areas in the capital, identifying Tallaght and Finglas as “hurling wastelands” that haven’t been tapped into. Perhaps one of the most interesting and informative parts of Daly’s book, is how he describes the addictive nature of management, even when it slaps you right in the face.


He highlights a qualifier loss to Antrim in 2010 with Dublin as being particularly tough to take. He booked himself into a hotel in Galway city after that game, because he couldn’t bear the thought of going back home to Clare.

However, he is also quick to highlight the buzz he gets from management, and why, after six years with Dublin and three with Clare before that, he will manage at inter-county level again at some point.


Damien Lawlor’s ‘Fields of Fire’ went on sale in May, and depicts the rise in standards in hurling in recent times. The Sunday Independent journalist charts the rise of the likes of Clare, Limerick, Dublin and Waterford to the top table.

He also takes an in-depth look at the great Kilkenny team of Brian Cody, who has steered his county to 10 All-Ireland titles since taking the reins in 1999. Lawlor asks if a chink has appeared in their armour, a statement which may have been answered with Kilkenny’s All-Ireland triumph last month.

Interviews from the likes of Brendan Cummins, Eddie Brennan, Davy Fitzgerald, John Mullane and DJ Carey are recorded in the book, to name a few.

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