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Galway's Guardiola, Pádraic Joyce - the audacious renaissance artist with a keen eye on Sam Maguire glory

Roy Curtis


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Galway manager Padraic Joyce. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Galway manager Padraic Joyce. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

SPORTSFILE

Galway manager Padraic Joyce. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

As his newly liberated choir compose soaring hymns to Gaelic football's beautiful potential, so the temptation grows to anoint him Galway's Guardiola.

Pádraic Joyce, of course, might convulse with laughter at the absurdity of the comparison.

Four games on mid-winter bogs in his freshman year as manager can hardly be measured against the Catalan's glorious decade as light of the sporting world.