Thursday 8 December 2016

Donoghue refusing to respond to Loughnane jibe

John Fallon

Published 20/07/2016 | 02:30

Micheál Donoghue feels Galway are in a good place heading into the clash with Davy Fitzgerald’s men. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Micheál Donoghue feels Galway are in a good place heading into the clash with Davy Fitzgerald’s men. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue is confident of picking from a full squad for Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Clare, with a few players who are nursing minor injuries looking likely to come through.

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Donoghue is refusing to be distracted by the incendiary comments of former Clare manager Ger Loughnane following Galway's loss to Kilkenny in the Leinster final.

"I'm just not going to get into it. There is always stuff happening outside but it really is a matter of controlling the controllables and concentrating on what we do ourselves rather than anything else," said Donoghue.

"We know we face a tough challenge, there's a lot hanging on it for both teams, but hopefully we will get the win. That's what's important."

Donoghue is boosted by the availability of defender Daithi Burke after it emerged that he had only suffered a dislocation and not a broken finger in the 1-26 to 0-22 defeat to the Cats.

"In the immediate aftermath of the Kilkenny game we thought it was broken but it was dislocated. He played for Turloughmore the following weekend and had no problems," said the manager.

"We've been lucky enough. The week after the Kilkenny match they played club games. We're not too bad, we have one or two niggles but we would be hopeful they will clear up before the weekend."

Donoghue, in his first season in charge, said that preparations had gone well since the Leinster final and he feels Galway are in a good place heading into the clash with Davy Fitzgerald's men.

It will be the 15th meeting between Galway and the Banner in the championship, with Clare winning nine, Galway four and one draw. Clare have won all three previous quarter-finals between them, after a replay in 1999 and then in 2002 and 2013.

"They have worked really hard in the past 10 days or so and we are all set to go, but we know what we are up against," said Donoghue.

4 April 2016; Speaking at the official opening of the GAA National Games Development Centre is Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail. National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
4 April 2016; Speaking at the official opening of the GAA National Games Development Centre is Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail. National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

"Clare are one of the top teams, we are under no illusions. They present a huge threat but, and I know it is the same-old same-old, we are just going to concentrate on getting our own performance right and hope that is enough.

"It's the same for all four teams in Thurles on Sunday, the stakes are huge but we are all looking forward to it."

Carbury hero hailed

GAA president Aogan O Fearghail will launch The Frank Burke Story in Carbury GFC tomorrow night (7.00), remembering one of the early GAA's outstanding dual players.

The Carbury native won three All-Ireland football and two hurling medals with Dublin and was Michael Hogan's direct opponent when the Tipperary man was fatally shot in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday.

Frank was in the GPO during the Easter Rising and was subsequently interned in Frongoch. He later succeeded Padraig Pearse as headmaster in St Enda's, Rathfarnham which he had attended himself.

The book has been written by local man Gerry Cummins and Frank's son Eanna De Burca and the night will involve a programme of games from 5.30.

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