Hailing from Clarecastle in County Clare, Anthony Daly has arguably been one of the most prominent GAA personalities over the past two decades. In the 1990’s as Captain of the Clare Senior Hurlers, he inspired and led his team to two All-Ireland Hurling and three Munster Titles. For the best part of the nineties, Clare dominated the hurling landscape with Daly’s inspirational leadership style a rallying call for management and team-mates alike. Daly picked up three All-Star awards in three different positions during this period and was known for his ruthless, uncompromising style of play. With his beloved club Clarecastle, Daly won five County and one Munster club title.
Having retired as one of the most successful Captains in Hurling, Daly turned to management of the Clare Senior Hurlers in late 2003, a position he held for three years. In 2005, Clare came within minutes of toppling Cork and reaching the All Ireland Final against Kilkenny. Having managed an ageing Clare side to another Semi-Final in 2006, Daly retired following the defeat to Kilkenny.
After a brief hiatus, Daly returned to club management in 2007 with Kerry club Kilmoyley, leading them to back to back county championships in 2008 and 2009. Daly also began his broadcasting career with RTE and The Sunday Game. Regarded as one of the most charismatic characters in the game, Daly’s opinionated, direct and humorous style was a huge hit with GAA fans but this stage of his career was cut-short when he returned to inter-county management with the Dublin Hurlers in November 2008.
After significant progress in 2009, Daly was dealt a hammer blow in 2010 when Antrim knocked Dublin out at the All Ireland Quarter Final stage. Daly re-grouped and an inspired Dublin squad captured the 2011 National League Title an over-whelming victory against Kilkenny.
Daly is now a regular Leadership and Motivational speaker with corporate clients including Diageo and Vodafone.