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Saints on glory march

New Galway hurling champions St Thomas' are now going to turn their attention towards having a bid at All-Ireland glory, according to county player Conor Cooney.

The 20-year-old, who scored 0-4 in their historic Galway final victory over Loughrea on Sunday, said that they would regroup after Christmas and try to extend their glory run.

The Galway champions have gone on to win the All-Ireland title in 10 of the past 21 years and Cooney sees no reason why they can't become the seventh club from the county to win the Tommy Moore Cup.

"Without doubt, we'll be looking to go all the way. We'll enjoy the county title, but we'll go back training and regroup and see how far we can go then," said Cooney, who was centre-forward in the side which ousted Loughrea by 3-11 to 2-11 on Sunday.

Cooney said the victory crowned a great year in which he picked up a Leinster SHC medal with club colleagues David Burke, James Regan and Darragh Burke, but he doesn't know which he treasures most.

"I don't know, they are both first-timers. It's hard to put one medal ahead of the other, but I am very proud to be part of both panels. They are both great teams with great men."

He also paid tribute to hat-trick hero Richie Murray and Galway manager Anthony Cunningham.