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Clare vs Waterford: The rivalry that grew in its bitterness

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Clare's Brian Lohan and Waterford's Michael White tussle before being sent off by referee Willie Barrett during the 1998 Munster SHC final replay Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Clare's Brian Lohan and Waterford's Michael White tussle before being sent off by referee Willie Barrett during the 1998 Munster SHC final replay Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Clare's Jamesie O'Connor. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Clare's Jamesie O'Connor. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Clare's Brian Lohan and Waterford's Michael White tussle before being sent off by referee Willie Barrett during the 1998 Munster SHC final replay Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Of all the things said to Anthony Daly in his years hurling, the one that echoed loudest came against a county with whom Clare had no natural hostility or beef. In 1992 he was marking Kieran Delahunty in a Munster first round game when the Waterford forward nailed a late equalising free. Returning to his position he is reputed to have told Daly to stick to the traditional music, implying that hurling wasn’t worth his time.

Coming from that source, the insult had a more serrated edge. The barefaced cheek, in other words, of a Waterford hurler being patronising towards Clare. In his autobiography, Daly revisited the match. “I sunk the hurley into his ribcage,” he revealed. “That jibe, though, remained in my head.”


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