Donoghue boost for Galway, but Reck blow for Wexford
Galway hurlers received a timely boost last night when All-Ireland-winning manager Micheál Donoghue was ratified for a further two years at the helm.
At a county board meeting, approval was given for the outgoing manager to remain on until 2020 at least. Donoghue was initially appointed on a three-year term which expired this summer.
But having led Galway to a first All-Ireland title in 29 years in 2017 and getting the team so close to retaining that title last August, it was only a matter of how long he wished to extend his time in charge once it was established that he was willing to continue.
Elsewhere, Wexford hurler Damien Reck looks set to miss the start of the National League after suffering a broken jaw in the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic.
The 19-year-old suffered the injury in the opening minute of their semi-final with All-Ireland champions Limerick in Boston on Sunday when he accidentally collided with an opponent's knee after being knocked to the ground.
Play was held up for several minutes as the Oylegate-Glenbrien clubman was stretchered off at Fenway Park and taken to hospital.
Reck, an accomplished defender and midfielder since bursting onto the scene last year as a Leaving Cert student, could be out for up to three months.
The DCU student was taken to hospital in Boston and underwent surgery and is not expected to come home until at least the weekend.
His father MJ - a former Wexford hurler who was on the 1996 squad which won the All-Ireland title - had travelled to Boston for the tournament and is remaining on there as his son recovers in hospital.
The Wexford squad arrived back in Ireland yesterday and arrangements are being put in place for Reck to travel home over the weekend.