Micheál Donoghue has been named as the new manager of the Galway senior hurlers tonight, after the county board ratified him ahead of Mattie Kenny and Justin Cambell.
Donoghue takes over the reins from Anthony Cunningham, who was ousted by the players last month. Cunningham was in charge for four years, two of which they reached the All-Ireland final before losing to Kilkenny.
However, he was unable to reach the promised land which has eluded the Tribesmen since 1988.
Donoghue, who led Clarinbridge to the All-Ireland club championship in 2011, will be aiming to guide the western county to take the final step and reach September glory.
However, this may be easier said than done, as the last time Galway reached an All-Ireland final in 2012, they failed to register a championship win over anybody but Laois for the following two seasons, such is the competitive environments of the Leinster and All-Ireland hurling championships.
However, Galway have been given a favourable path in the race for the Bob O’Keeffe Cup in 2016, having been drawn on the opposite side to Kilkenny, Wexford, and 2013 champions Dublin.
After an impressive 2015, the Galway hurling community will be hoping that they can build on that momentum and bridge a 28 year gap and capture the Liam McCarthy.
It was confirmed on the Galway GAA website this evening.