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Enthusiastic young fans reach for David Fitzgerald, Clare manager, at the Clare U-21 and Senior All-Ireland Champion hurlers homecoming in Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly.

Davy’s dream fulfilled


IT’S a dream fulfilled for Davy Fitzgerald to bring an All-Ireland hurling title to Clare. “I am so happy to be one of a very small number of managers that has guided Clare to All-Ireland success,” he said at county board meeting this week.

“The one goal for me is to keep Clare GAA up on top as much as I can; that’s what I am going to strive to do and what I hope we will all do it  together”.

“People will say that Clare will win the next few All-Irelands. We cannot say that. Ye cannot build our players up for a fall like that. We will try and stay up there and be as competitive as we can and try and deliver another All-Ireland in the next three to four years. We will try and not leave it 16 years.

Having been formally reappointed as manager, he referred to the circumstances in which he might step down.

“We will try to stick together and in three or four years time, if I feel I am not getting there or feel I haven’t the potential to get there, I will know the story myself. I don’t need to be told because Clare GAA will be bigger than I will ever be”, Fitzgerald said.


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