ANTHONY Daly has lashed out at the nightclub which claimed that the Dublin hurling squad would be “guests of honour” on Sunday night after their Leinster SHC final with Kilkenny.
The city centre bar were forced to issue an apology after it sent out a press release inviting the public to “celebrate with the team” and even claimed to be the team’s sponsors but Daly (right) has lashed back, stating that the pub had “taken its pound of flesh” from his team’s growing popularity.
“I suppose it’s a small bit of a lesson for us,” Daly told the Herald. “I wouldn’t have had any involvement in it and it’s not something the players would be overly-concerned about either.
“We’ll all have a meal in Croke Park after the match and if they had organised somewhere to go for a drink afterwards, that’s fine. They haven’t had one since after the league final.
“But it’s probably typical for Dublin. We’re getting a small taste of what the footballers have had to put up with for the last 20 years.
“I was hurling with Clare for years and we often went for a drink and nobody ever tried to take advantage.
“It seems to be if you make any bit of progress, people want to knock you back. If anything, it will make us stronger.”
Daly also insisted that the furore would not prove a distraction ahead of Sunday’s match as the Dubs go in search of a Leinster crown to add to their Allianz League add Walsh Cup trophies.
“We’re rank outsiders and we’re well aware of that,” he acknowledged. “There is no fear whatsoever of us taking our eye off the ball or treating Kilkenny with anything other than the upmost respect.”
– EXCLUSIVE By Conor McKeon, Evening Herald