Memory of John Daly honoured by Limerick GAA

Memory of John Daly honoured by Limerick GAA

LIMERICK GAA have honoured members of the Daly family, who presented the Daly Cup to Limerick GAA in 1928 in memory of John Daly.

The function took place last Sunday in the Greenhills Hotel ahead of the Limerick SHC final.

The Daly Cup was presented to the County Board in 1928 by John Daly’s niece, Madge Daly. Madge’s brother Ned Daly was executed following the 1916 rising in Kilmainham Gaol along with Proclamation signatory Thomas Clarke, who was married to another sister, Kathleen Daly.

Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan said the function was timely.

“We felt it was fitting in the Centenary of the 1916 Rising to pay tribute to the Daly family given the status and recognition of the Daly Cup in Limerick hurling,” said O’Riordan.

Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann presented 88-year old Mairead de hOir, niece of Ned Daly, with a framed memento.

Mann said: “Given the centenary of 1916, we felt it was important in Limerick GAA to acknowledge and celebrate this historic gesture and I wish to thank Paul Foley and Siobhan Scanlon for their work in organising the event today”.

Mayor of Limerick Kieran O’Hanlon attended along with Deputies Niall Collins, Maurice Quinlivan, Senator Kieran O Donnell, Councillor Sean Lynch and Liam Lenihan, vice-chairman of the Munster GAA Council.

In addressing the reception on behalf of the Daly family, Michael O’Nolan said: “My father was a founder member of Tyrone GAA and the family continue to be active in GAA as I have a son who plays Gaelic Football with Zaragoza in Spain. We are very honoured as a family to be acknowledged here today in Limerick”.

Also in attendance were members of SHC finalists Patrickswell and Ballybrown, sponsors Credit Union and archivists Jacqui Hayes and Dr Matthew Potter.