In Praise of Dr. Tommy Daly

by Ollie Byrnes

Clare County Express, November 2000

Some time ago Sissy Liddy of Tulla and Steele's Terrace, Ennis, called to me with an interesting photograph of Tommy Daly, the Tulla, Clare and Dublin goal-keeper of the 1917-'34 era. The celebrated custodian was pictured with a fine cup, which we later identified as the Fitzgibbon Cup. Though Tommy Daly died at the young age of 42, his hurling career was long and rewarding. He won numerous awards including four senior championships with Dublin and a Munster senior medal with Clare. One could go on and on, suffice it to say a beautiful framed photograph of him now resides in the new Clare museum 'Riches of Clare' in Ennis, courtesy of Sissy Liddy. This will ensure that the memory of this great Clareman will live on in people's minds. Incidentally, Tommy Daly is one of five Clare Goal-keepers to wear the Munster jersey in the Railway Cup - the others being Michael Hayes, (St. Joseph's), Paschal O'Brien, RIP (Éire Óg), Seamus Durack (Feakle and Éire Óg), David Fitzgerald (Sixmilebridge). Note: Pappy Callaghan, RIP (O'Callaghan's Mills) possibly selected at full back. Callaghan played in goal for Clare before moving out field.

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