IS the public perception of Davy Fitzgerald very different to who he really is? RTÉ Radio ONE’s Documentary on One had unique access to follow Clare’s 2016 hurling year and experience it through Davy’s eyes.
So much has been said and written about Davy Fitzgerald. All Ireland winning manager, player, All Star awards, he’s done it all. As a manager, he brought Waterford to an All Ireland final in 2008, their first appearance in the final since 1963.
After leaving Waterford he took on the Clare management job in 2011. Within two years, he brought the Liam MacCarthy cup back to the Banner for the fourth time, this time as a manager. The previous two times the trophy made its way to Clare were in the 1990s when, as the goalkeeper, he captured the imagination of the country.
The documentary is a project that began as the summer of 2015 drew to a close. Clare were knocked out of the championship by Cork, while Galway lost the All-Ireland final to Kilkenny. Two days after that game, Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh approached Davy Fitzgerald to become involved. He didn’t want to do anything that would jeopardise their game, or that would be to the detriment of his players. She spent the next few months trying to get Davy to agree. He relented, eventually.
Documentary on One , which will aired at 1pm on Saturday, records the Clare hurling year, beginning with the appointment of Dónal Óg Cusack to the coaching set up, to their first game in January against Cork, all to way to the high of winning the National Hurling League, to being knocked out of the championship in July by Galway and up to the days after Davy being admmitted to hospital.