Galway manager Micheal Donoghue has defended his Galway side’s decision to have a homecoming following their league final victory.
The Galway manager sees nothing wrong with the homecoming held at St Thomas’ GAA club following their victory over Tipperary in April. Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Donoghue refuted claims that it was unnecessary.
“When you read something in the paper… if you read it you think you’re misinformed, if you don’t read it you’re uninformed.
“So look, we came back to Gort, we went to St Thomas’ which was the club of our captain, we went back there for half an hour where there was a lot of young lads.
“If people want to criticise us for doing that, that’s fair enough. We’re in this game to try to promote it as much as we can and we were happy to do that with the St Thomas’ club.”
The Tribesmen face a stiff championship opener in the form of Dublin. This game takes place at the end of the month and Galway followers will be expectant of a victory. A loss here and pressure would rise on this particular incident for Donoghue.
The former Clarinbridge boss insists that preparations for this game began the following night and that his men would be ready for the challenge ahead.
“It was, as I said, a situation that we came back to meet after the game and it was for half an hour and look, our preparations started again the following night so it had no bearing on anything at all.”
Following Galway’s victory over Tipperary in the league final, many are expecting the westerners to mount a serious challenge at capturing Liam McCarthy. The maroon’s have not achieved this since Cyril Farrell lead them to glory in 1989.
With Joe Canning fully fit and the return of Johnny Glynn, Galway may just be better prepared to retrieve Liam McCarthy now more than ever. Only time will tell.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of the 16th Man, where we catch up with Galway star Davy Glennon to chat about their League triumph.