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The Six Days of Dalo: Day Three, 2011 All-Ireland SHC QF - Dublin 3-13 Limerick 0-18

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Ryan O'Dwyer celebrates after Dublin's win over Limerick in the 2011 All-Ireland hurling quarter-final. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Ryan O'Dwyer celebrates after Dublin's win over Limerick in the 2011 All-Ireland hurling quarter-final. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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Ryan O'Dwyer celebrates after Dublin's win over Limerick in the 2011 All-Ireland hurling quarter-final. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

WHERE to start the story of Semple Stadium, July 24, 2011?

This was a day of deliverance for Anthony Daly’s hurlers; a day weighted in historical significance; and the day a blood-soaked Ryan O’Dwyer sealed his position as Dublin’s favourite Tipp man.

Yet there’s only one place to start: two days before that All-Ireland quarter-final against Limerick, on the road to Blessington.