Tuesday 6 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: The method in Daly's madness

Former Tipp captain and now Dublin selector Richie Stakelum tells Vincent Hogan why sharing in Anthony Daly’s passion for All-Ireland glory will inspire him to push his adopted county to rise above the world of mortals in Croke Park tomorrow

Published 13/08/2011 | 05:00

MAYBE revolution is, above all, a state of mind. When Richie Stakelum thinks about what it is that Anthony Daly has brought to their lives, he suspects it to be something as simple as the nobility of struggle. All the words in the world can fall from a man's mouth, but, without little acts of selflessness, they become nothing more than stones.

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He remembers one January day in '09 and, from early evening, snow leaking from a sky of velvet black. The M50 became a pocket of Antarctica. It took him three hours just to get home from Citywest and, pulling into the drive, he felt like Amundsen pitching tent in the South Pole.

Then the texts began to fly.

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