The Galway hurlers have been waiting in the wings for almost four weeks now. The Bob O’Keeffe Cup headed across the Shannon after their defeat of Wexford, as the rest of the country were left to scrap it out.
Mícheál Donoghue’s side remain favourites for the All-Ireland, but they now find themselves up against reigning champions Tipperary for the fourth summer in a row.
This is a rematch of the Tribesmen’s shock League final hammering of the Premier, and Michael Ryan’s charges will be gunning for revenge.
Today, Galway fans have been given another cause for optimism, as Johnny Glynn is in line to feature in the semi-final.
Glynn, based in New York, is recovering from a knee injury, and Donoghue told GAA.ie of his journey back into the fold.
“He’s back, he came back last week.
“In this regard he was just really unfortunate that when he came back in his first club game he hurt his knee.
“That left him out for a number of weeks. He’s worked really hard and he’s back with us for the last 10 days or so.
“It’s great to have him around, he’s a great character and a great influence on the group.
“The downside is he hasn’t played many games, but as every day passes he’s getting stronger and stronger. It’s a great option to have.”
Glynn came off the bench in that League final, and although the game was already won at that stage, he showed glimpses of just how valuable he can be.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man podcast, where we hear Davy Fitzgerald’s post-quarter-final press conference and chat to John Leahy about Tipperary’s victory.