Saturday 19 January 2019

Boden's Bill Daly inspired generations

BILL DALY was a Garda driver. He drove Minister, John Wilson. They both hailed from Cavan. They were the days when the Polo mints had the sweetest taste of all.

Bill was a football pioneer. You'd ring the house. Nuala would answer. "Oh, he's down training the kids," she'd chuckle.

Training the kids was a way of life for Bill. It led to Ballyboden St Enda's becoming a ladies footballing empire.

He taught the good habits early. There was Croke Park success for the local schools. And then there were years spent on building the Boden brickwork.

It led to Boden becoming the best team in the county and in the country. Nine successive Dublin Senior Football Championship titles. Quite remarkable.

When he hung up the bainisteoir's bib, he became a pillar of the Leinster Council.

When other managers took over in Páirc Uí Mhurchú, Bill would still arrive to cheer them on, content to be a face in the crowd.

He entered Dublin's Hall of Fame in that quiet, modest way of his. The man from Mullagh who turned Boden boys and girls into champions.

The church was packed for the funeral. The Firhouse Road will always remember the magical beat of Bill Daly.

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