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Daly votes for Dublin ahead of Fianna Fáil

Anthony Daly has reaffirmed his commitment to the role of Dublin hurling manager by rejecting Fianna Fáil's approach to stand for the party in the forthcoming General Election.

The Clare man was courted by the Soldiers of Destiny just hours after Tony Killeen, Minister for Justice and Clare TD, announced that he would not contest the election.

Daly revealed to the Sunday Independent that he was approached on Thursday but turned down the offer because he wanted to devote all his time to the Dublin hurlers. "I couldn't turn around and tell the lads in Dublin I would see them after the election in March, that wouldn't be fair," said Daly.

"Things are just starting to go well for us and I want to give it 100 per cent."

Daly is the latest in a long list of GAA stars who have been courted by political parties in the run-up to the election. Tony Browne, Davy Fitzgerald and Donal óg Cusack were among those rumoured to be potential candidates.

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Former Clare hurling boss Ger Loughnane believes the president of the GAA has no power and is only a figurehead. His comments appear in the 2010 Clare GAA yearbook where the All Star also revealed that he would love to replay the first 10 minutes of the 1998 munster hurling final replay against Waterford, just to experience the kill again.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the GAA All Stars, Syl O'Connor, the county PRO, conducted comprehensive interviews with the 21 players who won All Stars for the Banner County, 20 hurlers and Seamus Clancy, the only All Star footballer.

Davy Fitzgerald admitted he wants to see a structure put in place so that referees have to account for the decisions they make and speak to managers. Frank Lohan wants tax credits introduced for inter-county players and half of all Clare's All Stars would not get involved in the county board.

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Thankfully, reports that Giovanni Trapattoni was suffering from a serious medical condition proved unfounded, but From The Stands remains convinced that something strange happened last weekend.

Perhaps, like the Fantastic Four who gained superpowers after exposure to cosmic rays during a scientific mission to outer space, Trap has been exposed to some form of mysterious radiation which has endowed him with the ability to speak perfect English.

Anyone who has ever watched the Irish manager speak to the media before or after a match will have been delighted to see him quoted as saying: "I had a scheduled operation to clean the carotid artery on December 28 in Milan. I am recovering well and expect to return to work in the coming weeks. Contrary to media speculation, I can confirm that I have not suffered a stroke. I will be in Ireland on January 24 to announce my squad for the Carling Nations Cup match against Wales on February 8."

Excellent. Now at last he'll be able to explain what exactly is going on with his team.

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Here's a new-year thought, courtesy of Pat Ruddy at the European Club: A recent study found that the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. Which means that your typical golfer gets about 41 miles to the gallon.

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the GAA lost another of its brightest stars yesterday as former Clare hurling captain Brian O'Connell emigrated to Australia. The 26-year-old carpenter from the Wolfe Tones club in Shannon was forced to leave Ireland after building work in his local area dried up.

O'Connell served as captain of the Banner County for three years under the management of Mike McNamara and Ger O'Loughlin.

On his Facebook page yesterday, the midfielder thanked his family, friends, team-mates and club for their support during his hurling career and wished all involved in Clare hurling the best of luck for 2011.

Marie Crowe, Dermot Gilleece

and Fergus McDonnell


Sunday Indo Sport