Lacey determined to dominate Ulster
Others in the north-west of the county faced a similarly arduous journey, which McGuinness was keen to lighten.
The squad met in Letterkenny yesterday for a pool session and a look at a DVD of the match before returning to their clubs last night for further celebrations. But they will return to training tonight ahead of next week's All-Ireland quarter-final.
Defender Karl Lacey, one of the stars of the championship to date, wants the team to become the dominant side in Ulster over the next few years.
"Jim has the belief we can go the whole way and we have the players to do it. He has a five-year plan for us, this is only his first year," he insisted.
"Armagh stepped it up after making the breakthrough in 1999 and we want to dominate Ulster the way they did. We want to be back here next year and defend our title."
Lacey admitted that losing previous finals was a driving factor in the victory.
"I think they (Derry) only had Enda Muldoon who had played in an Ulster final," he said.
"We had that experience. There was a lot of stuff going on beforehand, a lot of waiting around, waiting on the president and stuff, and that didn't faze us at all, we were used to it. Maybe it upset Derry. Losing one or two finals definitely makes you drive harder."