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Galway manager Henry Shefflin and team captain Daithí Burke celebrate following their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final victory over Cork at the FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Galway manager Henry Shefflin and team captain Daithí Burke celebrate following their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final victory over Cork at the FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

The late Phelim Murphy. Photo: Aoife Rice/Sportsfile

The late Phelim Murphy. Photo: Aoife Rice/Sportsfile

Francis Forde. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Francis Forde. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Galway manager Henry Shefflin and team captain Daithí Burke celebrate following their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final victory over Cork at the FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

When Galway’s All-Ireland quarter-final ended in victory over Cork two weeks ago, Henry Shefflin headed towards Daithí Burke, the man he appointed team captain in February. The manager’s appreciation was clear. Galway had skated on thin ice but survived and when they needed leadership Burke never abdicated.

Afterwards Shefflin noted the Turloughmore man’s crunching hit on Séamus Harnedy that left the Cork man badly shaken. The shoulder looked a little offline, but there was no mistaking its ferocity and the resounding message it carried to all those in maroon. In every respect it was the perfect mode of expression for Galway’s captain, a man of few words.


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