In just nine days, Galway take on Tipperary in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship semi-final. The Tribesmen shocked the Premier at this point last year, recording a famous victory at Croke Park.
However they went on to lose the final against Kilkenny, and the rest is history. Anthony Cunningham was replaced by Mícheál Donoghue, and the new manager has received a major boost today.
RTÉ are reporting that Iarla Tannion will be in the frame to make a comeback against Tipp, having struggled with injury up to this point in the year.
The 31 year-old is a quality operator, and acts as an engine in this Galway team.
Galway recovered well from their second half collapse against Kilkenny with an impressive victory over Clare a fortnight ago. They now have just over a week to prepare for the Premier.
The fact that the majority of Tipp’s team did not perform last year would suggest that the Premier will not be caught cold again next week.
However, many are arguing that this is a much stronger Galway side 12 months down the line.