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  • Fri 30 Jan 2015
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior B
    Presentation College Headford vs. Holy Rosary College Mountbellew Tuam Stadium
  • 8:00pmAll County
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    O'Mahonys vs. Ballinlough Navan O'Mahony's
  • 8:00pmU21 Football
    Championship
    St Broughan's vs. St Vincent's Walsh Island
  • Sat 31 Jan 2015
  • 11:00amMinor F.C. Roinn A
    Winner of S/Final vs. Mooncoin TBC
  • 12:00pmI.F.L.
    Rower Inistioge vs. Dicksboro The Rower
  • 2:00pmUnder-16 F.C.
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  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
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  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
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  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
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  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
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  • 2:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
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  • 3:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
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  • 6:30pm2015 Ulster Senior
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  • 7:00pmJ.F.L.
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  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 7:00pmAll County
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  • 7:00pmMunster Waterford
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  • 8:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 2 2015
    St. Dominics vs. Sylane Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • Sun 01 Feb 2015
  • 11:00am2015 Ulster Senior
    Football Club League
    Truagh vs. Naomh Conaill Truagh
  • 11:00amMinor F.C. Roinn C
    Tullaroan vs. Kilmoganny Tullaroan
  • 11:00amU21 C North
    Football Championship
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  • 11:15am2015 Ulster
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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    Dunshaughlin vs. Skryne Dunshaughlin
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
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  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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    Gortin St Patrick's vs. Urney St Colmcille's Gortin
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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    Droim Ratha an tSáirsealaigh vs. Derrylaughan Kevin Barry's GAC Drumragh
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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    An Ríocht vs. St Marys Slaughtmanus GAC Cookstown
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Owen Roe O`Neill's GAC, Leckpatrick vs. Kildress Wolfe Tones Pairc an Ghleanna
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    Enniskillen Gaels vs. Erne Gaels Belleek Brewster Park
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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    St. Gerard's vs. Derrygonnelly Harps
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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    Coa O`Dwyer's vs. Kinawley Brian Borus Coa
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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    Belnaleck Art McMurroughs vs. Irvinestown St Molaises Belnaleck
  • 12:00pmU21 Football
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    St Patrick's vs. Na Fianna Minor Club Edenderry Main Grounds
  • 12:00pmU21 Football
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    St Manchan's Gaels vs. Wheery Tubber
  • 1:00pmAll County
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    Curraha vs. Boardsmill Curraha
  • 1:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Drum vs. Belcoo O`Rahilly's Owenbeg
  • 2:00pmSenior Hurling
    Championship
    Athenry vs. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry Raheen
  • 2:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    Seneschalstown vs. Blackhall Gaels Seneschalstown
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    Conahy Shamrocks vs. Glenmore Jenkinstown
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    Mullinavat vs. Railyard GFC Mullinavat
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    Mooncoin vs. St. Patrick's Mooncoin
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    Kilmoganny vs. Clara Dunnamaggin
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    O`Loughlin Gaels vs. Muckalee St. John's Park
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Cork vs. Dublin Páirc Uí Rinn
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Kerry vs. Mayo Fitzgerald Stadium
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Galway vs. Meath Pearse Stadium
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Roscommon vs. Cavan Kiltoom
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Westmeath vs. Laois Cusack Park, Mullingar
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Kildare vs. Down Newbridge
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Clare vs. Wexford Miltown Malbay
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Limerick vs. Sligo Kilmallock
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Armagh vs. Tipperary Athletic Grounds
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    London vs. Offaly Ruislip
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    Leitrim vs. Longford Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    Antrim vs. Carlow Pairc Naomh Pól
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
    Cup SH 2015
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  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
    Cup SH 2015
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  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
    Cup SH 2015
    Wicklow vs. Maynooth University Greystones
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
    Cup SH 2015
    Fingal vs. Kildare IT Blanchardstown GAA Pitch
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Walsh
    Cup SH 2015
    Carlow vs. Galway Dr. Cullen Park
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Walsh
    Cup SH 2015
    Laois vs. Dublin Portlaoise
  • 2:00pmAIB GAA Football
    All Ireland Junior Club Championship 14/15
    Brosna vs. Rock St Patrick's Ballinasloe
  • 3:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    Kilmainham vs. St Brigid's Kilmainham
  • Mon 02 Feb 2015
  • 12:00pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior D
    Drumshambo VS vs. Jesus & Mary Secondary Enniscrone A: Connacht GAA Centre
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior A
    St. Attractas Community School Tubbercurry vs. St Geralds, Castlebar Swinford GAA Club
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior A
    St Colmans, Claremorris vs. StMuredeachs Kiltimagh GAA Club
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior B
    Ballyhaunis Community School vs. St. Clare`s Comprehensive Manorhamilton Tubbercurry GAA
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    Institute of Technology Sligo vs. DkIT IT Sligo Grounds
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    St Mary's University College vs. Ulster University Jordanstown St Genevieves High School Belfast
  • 7:00pmMinor F.C. Roinn A
    Dicksboro vs. O`Loughlin Gaels Palmerstown
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Ryan Cup 2015
    Athlone Institute of Technology vs. Queens University Belfast AIT GAA Pitch
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Trench Cup 2015
    Cavan Institute vs. Marino Institiute of Education 3G Pitch Kingspan Breffni PK
  • Tue 03 Feb 2015
  • 11:30amConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Senior B
    Presentation College Headford vs. Carrick-on-Shannon Community School Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 2 Championship 2015
    Mary Immaculate College Limerick vs. Limerick IT MICL Grounds
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    G.M.I.T. vs. Athlone Institute of Technology Carnmore Hurling Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Institute of Technology Sligo vs. Cork Institute of Technology TBC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 3 Championship 2015
    Maynooth University vs. Dublin City University Maynooth University North Campus
  • 2:45pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Institute of Technology Tralee vs. IT Carlow IT Tralee GAA Pitche
  • 3:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    University College Dublin vs. Athlone Institute of Technology Belfield
  • 6:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Maynooth University vs. University of Limerick Maynooth University North Campus
  • 7:00pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior A
    Summerhill College Sligo vs. Roscommon CBS Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais 2015
    St Patricks College Thurles vs. Galway T.I
  • 7:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Senior Hurling League Division 2 2014/15
    Ulster University Jordanstown vs. N.U.I. Galway TBC
  • 8:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
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    Ballinderry vs. Lavey Ballinderry
  • 8:00pmS.F.L.
    Thomastown vs. James Stephens Piltown
  • Wed 04 Feb 2015
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior D
    Colaiste Cholmcille, Indreabhain vs. St Cuans Loughgeorge Galway
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
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    St. Mary`s College Galway vs. St. Joseph`s College Galway Eire Og
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
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    Holy Rosary College Mountbellew vs. Ballinamore Secondary School Elphin GAA Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    Ulster University Jordanstown vs. Dublin City University Jordanstown
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Hurling Division 1 Championship 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. Mary Immaculate College Limerick Parnells GAA Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Hurling Division 1 Championship 2015
    Maynooth University vs. St Patricks-Mater Dei Maynooth University North Campus
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    The Law School vs. RCSI The Law School
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    National College of Ireland vs. G.M.I.T. Mayo Clontarf GAA
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Cadets vs. Ulster University Magee McDonagh Pitch
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    G.M.I.T. Letterfrack vs. N.W.R.C. Letterfrack
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Institute of Technology Tralee vs. Institute of Technology Tallaght IT Tralee GAA Pitche
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    Ulster University Jordanstown vs. University of Limerick TBC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Queens University Belfast vs. Dublin Institute of Technology The Dub
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    Dublin City University vs. University College Cork Dublin City University Sportsgrounds
  • 3:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    University College Dublin vs. N.U.I. Galway Belfield
  • 3:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    N.U.I. Galway vs. St Mary's University College Dangan
  • Thu 05 Feb 2015
  • 12:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Hurling Championship 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. Limerick IT Parnells GAA Club
  • 12:30pmMayo Post Primary
    Senior Hurling Competition
    St. Gerald`s College vs. St Colmans Claremorris Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League 1st Year A
    St. Jarlath`s College Tuam vs. St. Colman`s College Milltown GAA Club
  • 1:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    University of Limerick vs. G.M.I.T. UL Grounds
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    G.M.I.T. Letterfrack vs. St Mary's University College Letterfrack
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    Galway/Roscommon ETB vs. Marino Institiute of Education
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    Cork Colleges of Further Education vs. Institute of Technology Sligo Colaiste Stiofain Naofa
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais 2015
    Belfast Metropolitan College vs. Stranmillis UC GFC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 2 Championship 2015
    Waterford Institute of Technology vs. Institute of Technology Tralee Carriganore
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 2 Championship 2015
    Institute of Technology Tallaght vs. DkIT Thomas Davis All Weather Pitch
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Padraig Mac Diarmada 2015
    Letterkenny Institute of Technology vs. Instititute of Technology Blanchardstown Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    St Patricks-Mater Dei vs. Cork Institute of Technology St Pats
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    University College Dublin vs. Dublin City University Belfield
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. Limerick IT Parnells GAA Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 2 Championship 2015
    Instititute of Technology Blanchardstown vs. St Patrick's College IT Blanchardstown GAA Pitch
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    Maynooth University vs. University of Limerick Maynooth University North Campus
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    G.M.I.T. vs. St Mary's University College/Ulster University Jordanstown TBC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais 2015
    Winner of Round 1 vs. Mater Dei
  • 2:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. University College Dublin St. David's CBS
  • 2:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    Mary Immaculate College Limerick vs. Waterford Institute of Technology MICL Grounds
  • 2:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    N.U.I. Galway vs. University College Cork N.U.I. Galway
  • 2:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    Cork Institute of Technology/Dublin City University vs. University College Cork Dublin City University Sportsgrounds
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Ryan Cup 2015
    St Patricks College Thurles vs. Athlone Institute of Technology Templetuohy
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    Maynooth University vs. IT Carlow Maynooth University North Campus
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If you could choose one of the 2014 All-Stars to train with, who would it be?

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Profile: Davy Fitzgerald

Friday, September 06, 2013

By Arthur Sullivan

Their ascent to the top has been rapid, their development curve off the charts. The Fitzgerald blend, of personal charisma, coaching excellence and highly developed tactical awareness, has worked a dream.

"We're going to do it!" - What Ger Loughnane told RTÉ at half-time in the 1995 All-Ireland hurling final

The tapestry asks that comparisons are made between Clare's miracle summer of 1995 and this year's march to the All-Ireland hurling final. Whether warranted or not, the links are made, the connections explored.

Before this year's All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Clare and Limerick, Davy Fitzgerald gave an interview to RTÉ's Ger Canning that was eerily similar to Ger Loughnane's famous flourish at half-time in the 1995 All-Ireland final.

Davy had just coldly and clinically dealt with all the questions. "Don't care who we're playing...", "No excuses from us...", "Our only objective today is to beat Limerick." Then, Canning asked, possibly with a nod to 1995, "Are you going to win?"

Fitzgerald didn’t pause. He said "yes" with utter certainty and walked away, not averting his intense stare from Canning until out of shot. In that semi-comic, surreal moment, he paid a sort of homage to Loughnane, whether he meant to or not. For as much as Davy Fitzgerald has defined himself in his own right as a manager, his presence in Loughnane's greatest dressing room played a major role in making him who he is.

On the surface at least, Fitzgerald appears to be from the Loughnane school. "He has a full-on approach on the sideline. He's an intimidating figure on the sideline and that's the way he trains his teams - to intimidate other teams." So said former Waterford hurler Fergal Hartley - not of Fitzgerald but of Loughnane - but it's a sentiment that could equally be applied to Fitzgerald.

John Allen, his counterpart in the semi-final, is a quiet man on the sideline, much like Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy. Fitzgerald couldn’t be more different. To say his sideline presence is intense is an understatement. He never seems to take a breather, running and jumping up and down the line, shouting instructions at his players, getting revved up. The occasionally mad glint in his eyes is just like Loughnane’s, as is the indisputable, unquenchable passion for hurling.

But according to those who know him best, that intensity and on-the-surface explosiveness hides something very different. "After the fire, comes the ice,” wrote journalist Christy O’Connor of Fitzgerald in Last Man Standing, his book about hurling goalkeepers. O’Connor was once the sub-goalkeeper to Fitzgerald in Clare, and he points to the way Fitzgerald can blend an ice-cold streak with the hot, fiery side most readily associated with him.

In a recent column for GAA.ie, Dónal Óg Cusack gave some fascinating examples of this element of Fitzgerald’s make-up. He remembered standing watching the 1999 Munster semi-final between Clare and Tipperary. Fitzgerald had just made a brilliant save from Paul Shelley to keep Clare in the game when his side were awarded a penalty, with the chance to draw level as full-time loomed.

“Just before the penalty, one of the Tipp corner backs got injured,” wrote Cusack. “I don't remember if it was Liam Sheedy or Donnacha Fahy; I think it was Sheedy though. Davy went to take the penalty. Davy's preferred and natural strike of the ball in that position would have been from right to left. At that moment, every sports shrink and every coach would tell you to fall back on muscle memory and do what you are most comfortable with. But Davy struck the ball low the other direction at the injured Sheedy. Goal.

“Some people wouldn't give Davy the credit for that. I would but even if you don't, his performance topped by the moment of cold blood it took to score a penalty against Cummins was incredible. Maybe he's mad like they say but for me there's a method in there.”

Davy Fitzgerald

Profile

Age: 42
Position: Goalkeeper
All Stars: 3
All-Irelands: 2
Clare Career: 1990-2008

Davy Fitzgerald was born on August 2, 1971. He grew up in Sixmilebridge, and in the story common to thousands of young boys from hurling country, the sport quickly became his fervent passion.

However, in a recent interview with RTÉ, Fitzgerald revealed the severe bullying he was the victim of in his youth. “When I was a young fella I was bullied quite a bit and the easiest thing would have been to take it and lie down, but I didn’t," he said.

“It would have been unreal for a few years, even in secondary school in a big way. It probably made me stronger, it wouldn’t make probably everyone stronger but I was lucky enough I came out of it in the right way. It [the bullying] was tough, I have to say, but it hardened me up for what was to come and made me fight for things a bit more... I came out OK at the end of it,” he said.

The experience taught him how to survive in an often difficult world. He says he learned from it to never give up and to stay with what you believe in. He clearly believed in hurling, and in the end, it made him a star. In his native Sixmilebridge, he is a club legend. Long before he was winning All-Irelands on the national stage with Clare, he was winning titles with the club.

He won Clare Senior Hurling Championship medals in 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000 and 2002, and was a key man on the team that won the All-Ireland club title in 1996. He played 100 times in the championship for Sixmilebridge, a brilliant record spanning four decades, from 1989-2011.

But during the long years of his playing career with Clare and Sixmilebridge, Fitzgerald was always looking towards his future as a coach and a manager. It started with the club from a young age, and he coached teams at practically every age group. He led Sixmilebridge minor and U21 teams to county titles, and his abilities quickly drew attention and demand, first from wider Clare, and then from beyond the county bounds.

Fitzgerald’s first big success came with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and it’s where he remains today in a professional capacity, as the college’s Director/Ambassador of Hurling. He led the college to prestigious Fitzgibbon Cup titles in 2005 and 2007 – the first time in their history they had ever won the competition.

There was no doubt about it, he had utterly transformed their fortunes and that success cemented his reputation as an elite, 21st century coach. Cyril Farrell, well-known RTÉ pundit and a man who managed to Galway to three All-Ireland titles, was part of Fitzgerald’s coaching team in Limerick.

"I think it's only a matter of time before a smart county snaps him up and gives him a three-year term," he said five years ago. "He's very advanced in his methods. He has all the scientific stuff, but he's got the hurling background too.

"His coaching is fantastic, top-class. To me, Davy Fitz will improve any hurler he gets time to work with, whatever the standard. People have this idea of Davy from his playing days, this thing of he'd kill anyone to win. But he's a completely different character as manager.”

Fitzgerald’s prowess as a coach is legendary. Galway talisman Joe Canning knows Fitzgerald well, having won the Fitzgibbon Cup with him in 2007. "His training sessions are incredible," said the Portumna man. "You're never hanging around for the same drill. Everything moves at speed. He has to be one of the best managers around."

Another man who played under him at LIT, Limerick's Gavin O'Mahony, praised him to the skies in a recent piece in the Irish Examiner. “The hurling sessions Davy took were the best I have probably ever done. He had such enthusiasm," he said. "You'd arrive to training early in the morning or in the evening and within five or 10 minutes you were flying around the field and that's all credit to his motivation.

"It was always about speed. You'd be under more pressure going for the ball in training because he'd be running up beside you and roaring at you. He’d drive you that way whereas you could be doing drills in other sessions and you'd wonder if the coach was looking at you at all. He was always keeping an eye on you and always had a comment or zoned in on something you were doing."

Fitzgerald got his first inter-county job in 2008 as manager of the Waterford hurlers. His appointment was somewhat controversial, in that he came in midway through the season after a number of players had called for the resignation of previous incumbent Justin McCarthy. Fitzgerald led a talented Waterford group to the All-Ireland final that season, but unfortunately for them, they met the great Kilkenny four-in-a-row at the peak of their powers, as the 3-30 to 1-13 final scoreline attests to.

Fitzgerald stayed in Waterford for three more seasons, with the obvious high point being a Munster Championship title in 2010. The chance to manage Clare came at the end of the 2011 season, and Fitzgerald knew that although the county hadn’t competed at the top level for many years, an exceptionally talented group of hurlers were coming through. They had won the Munster Minor Championship in the previous two seasons, and there was plenty of potential to work with.

Nonetheless, it is remarkable that less than two years later, Clare are in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling final this Sunday. Their ascent to the top has been rapid, their development curve off the charts. The Fitzgerald blend – of personal charisma, coaching excellence and highly developed tactical awareness – has worked a dream.

Aside from his evidently vast knowledge of hurling, which manifests itself in his coaching sessions and tactical application, Fitzgerald’s personality appears to be made for management. In much the same way Loughnane did, Fitzgerald acts as a lightning rod for his players. He is almost always the story, the man who riles up the opposition supporters, players and management. Type in ‘Davy Fitzgerald’ to any image search, and the pictures tell quite a story. There are hundreds of images of Davy Fitzgerald in various dramatic poses on the sideline. Hands outstretched incredulously. Mouth wide open, screaming. Images of despair, of delirium.

His passion is undeniable so the sincerity of the images can’t be denied. But just like Jose Mourinho and Brian Clough did in soccer, Fitzgerald has carefully crafted an image of himself as a sort of madman which many people appear to take seriously. This persona is extremely useful to him as a manager – it takes the attention away from his players for one, but more importantly, it has caused people to underestimate him. Not that too many are underestimating him anymore, mind. “He loves the media building him up to be something he’s not,” said Canning recently. “I suppose he gets a bit of a buzz off it, in a way. He knows himself...he’s a very smart guy.”

There are lots of opinions out there about Fitzgerald, but the vast majority of those opinions aren’t based on personal experience. Those who know him in hurling, either through playing with or against him, or having been coached by him, usually have a very different take to the general perception. For them, nothing about his success is a surprise.

And if you thought hurling was Fitzgerald’s only sporting talent, think again. He plays golf off a handicap of one.




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