Thursday 23 November 2017

Donoghue ratified as new Galway manager

Micheal Donoghue (SPORTSFILE)
Micheal Donoghue (SPORTSFILE)

Michael Verney

Micheál Donoghue was ratified as Galway senior hurling manager for the next three years at a county board meeting last night.

The Clarinbridge man succeeds Anthony Cunningham having seen off competition for the post from Cuala manager Mattie Kenny and Roscommon boss Justin Campbell.

The well-regarded Donoghue will have to hit the ground running, however, as the Tribesmen embark on a team holiday next week before his first competitive game in charge against DCU on January 10 in the Walsh Cup.

Donoghue was involved with Tipperary's backroom team for the past two years under Eamon O'Shea.

He guided Clarinbridge to the All-Ireland club title in 2011 and was part of this year's minor backroom team that won the county title.

As a player Donoghue won an U-21 All-Ireland with Galway and helped Clarinbridge to the All-Ireland club final in 2002.

His backroom team has not been finalised but former Galway hurler Francis Forde, a native of Turloughmore, is expected to be part of the set-up as the Tribesmen look to end their All-Ireland famine, which stretches back to 1988.

Forde managed Offaly side St Rynagh's to the last two county finals and was also involved with the Faithful hurlers as coach under Joe Dooley in 2011.

Elsewhere, speculation was mounting about Benny Coulter's inter-county U-turn when the Down All-Star tweeted: "No Down football for me next year just my club Mayobridge. Roll on 2016." Reports are unconfirmed as of yet.

Meanwhile, reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin will now travel to New Ross, rather than Enniscorthy, to play Wexford on January 3 as their bid for another trophy-laden season begins with the defence of the O'Byrne Cup.

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