For the first time in over a decade, both Anthony Daly and Jamesie O’Connor will once again line out beside one another on the same team.
It will be in the comfort of a Setanta Sports studio as opposed to the dressing rooms in Cusack Park where the two Clare greats will tog out side by side. As players the last time, the duo were part of the same team was at the beginning of 2002 shortly before Daly hung up his boots. O’Connor called time on his inter-county career two years later when Dalo was manager of the Clare side.
Setanta Sports, today unveiled their coverage of games in the 2015 Allianz National Leagues. They will air seventeen exclusive games over the course of the competition. It was largely expected that Anthony Daly would be involved with the media in some capacity for this season, following his resignation as manager of the Dublin senior hurling team after six years in the helm.
He has recently been appointed Head Coach of the Limerick GAA Academy and coach to the Limerick minor hurlers. Daly has previously served as an analyst with The Sunday Game and was a co-commentator with both RTÉ Radio One and Clare FM during 2014.
Just last year, St Flannans schoolteacher O’Connor was announced as one of the expert analysts for Sky Sports. With Setanta not having the rights to air championship matches, O’Connor will more than likely continue in his role with Sky Sports during the 2015 championship.
The former All-Stars will give their opinions on former teammate and current Clare boss, Davy Fitzgerald on February 21st when the Banner take on Cork. This is the only fixture involving Clare that will be shown live on Setanta Sports during the Allianz League.
At their launch, Setanta Sports announced their full list of GAA analysts. Recently retired All-Ireland medallists, Declan O’Sullivan of Kerry and Donegal’s Rory Kavanagh, former Mayo manager James Horan and recently retired Armagh star Aaron Kernan join the Setanta team. Other experts covering Gaelic Football with the station include; Sky Sports football analyst Senan Connell, former Mayo and Armagh footballer Billy-Joe Padden, former Clare trainer and Mayo great Liam McHale and Cian Ward of Meath.
Fresh from inter-county retirement, Kilkenny All-Ireland winner Brian Hogan begins his career in the media and he joins the aforementioned Clare legends on the hurling panel. Setanta Sports begin their Gaelic Football coverage on January 31st while the first live hurling match is on February 14th.