Thursday 26 April 2018

LISTEN - 'He was one of my greatest influences' - Micheal Donoghue on heartwarming moment with his father Miko

Galway manager Michael Donoghue during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 2 match between Galway and Wexford at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Galway manager Michael Donoghue during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 2 match between Galway and Wexford at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
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Galway manager Michael Donoghue has credited his father Miko as one of his greatest influences following the Tribesmen's All-Ireland win over Waterford last month.

A three-point win over the Déise delivered Galway their first All-Ireland title since 1988, and in the aftermath of the famous win, Donoghue was photographed showing the Liam MacCarthy Cup to his father Miko and his mother Margaret in Ballinasloe.

Donoghue said that he would have preferred if the moment had taken place in a more private setting but that it was very important for him to meet his family after the game considering they weren't able to travel to Croke Park in Dublin on the day.

Speaking to Off The Ball's John Duggan on The Last Word on Today FM, Donoghue said: "Like any father, he was one of my greatest influences.

"He was very involved with us growing up in sport and at home and unfortunately he was diagnosed with dementia around the same time that I got the Galway job.

"He was an avid GAA supporter. He was heavily involved at club and at county level.

"Obviously the disappointment from my own perspective and the family's perspective is that he probably couldn't comprehend it in the way we would have liked and once we won it, it was very important to me how I was going to go about meeting him and the rest of the family, especially when they weren't with us there on Sunday to share it.

"The way it came about, look, from my own personal perspective, I probably would have preferred it just in a more private environment." 

Donoghue also said that he supported the new round-robin series of games set to be introduced to the Munster and Leinster championships for the next three seasons. The new format will see the 10 competing counties - five in each province - guaranteed a total of four games, two of which will be at home.

Donoghue said that Galway have been barracking for more home games for the last number of years and that the new format should favour his side.

"I think Galway were the big winners," he added.

"I think we've been touting for the last number of years looking for home games for Galway so we're eagerly anticipating the draw now to see who we get in Galway for those two games."

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