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I hadn't a clue it was recorded, says Davy

Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald has said he wasn't aware he was being recorded when he made comments last night about Clare's off-field activity.

Fitzgerald has revealed he had to drastically change Clare's approach when he first became manager in 2011.

His comments came during a speech he made at a physical health seminar at Limerick Institute of Technology yesterday.

Fitzgerald said: "From the mid-2000s, in Clare, my feeling was that Clare was a social team.

"I know some of them were even taking harder stuff than drink. I couldn't understand this. To me, I play to win, and if you are doing stuff like that, you're wasting your time."

He said that he and the team got to the bottom of the issue during a three-hour meeting after he became manager.

"I questioned them and I said 'do we really need alcohol and do you need to take substances that will make you feel better?'

"We decided we were going to come to training and enjoy ourselves and were going to communicate with each other. We want to enjoy what we do."

Fitzgerald also spoke about how he was bullied when he was a child and the importance sport can have on people's mental health.

GAA president Liam O'Neill has since said he has no reason to believe a drink or drug culture exists in the modern game.

STEPHEN O'KEEFFE returns to Waterford's starting 15 for Sunday's visit of Dublin hurlers to Walsh Park. The Fitzgibbon Cup winning goalkeeper was left out of the team that beat Galway after a late mistake against Tipp on the competition's opening night cost the Déise both points. The only other change from the Galway victory sees Shane McNulty come in for the injured Brian O'Sullivan..

WATERFORD (SH v Dublin): S O'Keeffe; T de Burca, S Fives, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, P Mahony; K Moran, S McNulty; S O'Sullivan, P Mahony, S Molumphy; R Donnelly, S Prendergast, R Barry.

WEXFORD (SH v Limerick): M Fanning; K Rossiter, M O'Hanlon, B Kenny; W Devereux, L Chin, E Martin; D O'Keeffe, H Kehoe; S Tompkins, P Morris, I Byrne; J Guiney, G Moore, L óg McGovern.

DONEGAL (SF v Meath): P Durcan; E McGee, E McGee, R McHugh; F McGlynn, L McLoone, A Thompson; R Kavanagh, M McElhinney; M McHugh, C Toye, O MacNiallais; C McFadden, M Murphy, D Molloy.


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