By Cian O'Connell

Mícheál Donoghue has stepped down as manager of the Galway senior hurling team.

Donoghue guided Galway to All Ireland glory in 2017, defeating Waterford in the decider at Croke Park.

Galway returned to the final in 2018, but lost narrowly to Limerick at GAA headquarters.

In 2019 an injury ravaged Galway were knocked out of the Leinster Championship on scoring difference following a loss to Dublin at Parnell Park.

The Clarinbridge clubman along with selectors Noel Larkin and Francis Forde all made a significant mark with Galway.

“I, together with the Galway Senior Hurling Management team, informed the Galway County Board that we are not taking up the fifth year of our term," Donoghue said in a statement to Galway Bay FM on Tuesday evening.

"We would like to thank Galway GAA for the opportunity they gave us to lead Galway Hurling - it was the opportunity of a lifetime and was both an honour and privilege to do.

 Mícheál Donoghue with the Liam MacCarthy Cup.Mícheál Donoghue with the Liam MacCarthy Cup.


"We started out in December 2015 with the simple goal to bring success back to Galway hurling and to build a culture of professionalism and consistency in performance. Since then we have had some amazing days most notably the 2017 All Ireland success. "After four seasons we feel the time is now right to hand on the opportunity to a new management team."

Donoghue praised the manner in which the Galway panel performed during his tenure.

"We would like to thank the players for their honesty, dedication and commitment to their sport and county," Donoghue added.

"We would like to acknowledge and thank our background team and support staff who worked with us for their expertise and service to the Galway senior hurling team.

"To our families and our employers - thank you for being so understanding and supportive of the time commitment a job like this takes. To our main sponsor Supermacs and the many other sponsors who give so willingly their support - thank you, it is greatly appreciated.

"Finally, we thank the Galway hurling clubs and the Galway hurling supporters - your passion, commitment and connection with this team have made doing this job a joy.

"For us all, Galway hurling will continue to play a huge part in our hearts and lives and we wish Galway GAA every success in the future."


Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Final


By Cian O'Connell at Croke Park

This was another minor decider in which Galway’s hard working values were evident as Brian Hanley’s charges carved out a hugely satisfying success.

Hanley, eager to maintain Galway’s splendid recent record at this level, had Galway primed for a battle with the maroon and white team sufficiently crafty to deal with Kilkenny’s spirited challenge.

Sean McDonagh ended the hour with a 2-8 haul and was instrumental throughout for Galway, who collected a third minor title on the spin.

The striped outfit were defiant, but Galway plundered two first half goals courtesy of Ruben Davitt and Sean McDonagh to hold a commanding 2-6 to 0-7 advantage.

Those majors were severe blows to Kilkenny’s hopes with Davitt mining an opportunistic goal in the eighth minute signalling Galway’s intentions.

In first half additional time McDonagh made the Kilkenny net dance from a penalty following a Peter McDonald foul on the imposing and impressive Greg Thomas.

Boosted by those two goals Galway led by five at the turnaround with Kilkenny relying on the crisp accuracy of Billy Drennan for scores.

After the restart Kilkenny craved an improvement, but Galway refused to read from that script with McDonagh remaining prominent.

Sean McDonagh scored 2-8 for Galway against Kilkenny at Croke Park.

Galway clipped another five points without response with Davitt and Thomas supplying cute efforts guiding the Tribesmen 2-11 to 0-6 clear.

Drennan terminated a 13 minute search for a second period score when Drennan nailed a free, but Galway were unperturbed.

Thomas’ inviting pass released McDonagh, who summoned an equally tidy goalscoring finish as Galway led 3-12 to 0-10 in the 47th minute.

Kilkenny just couldn’t adequately cope with Galway’s potent mixture of power and poise up front with the Tribesmen powering to a 13th All Ireland crown.

Scorers for Galway: Sean McDonagh 2-8 (1-0 pen, 6fs, 165), Ruben Davitt 1-2, Tiernan Killeen 0-2, Greg Thomas and Alex Connaire 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: Billy Drennan 0-6 (5fs), Colman O’Sullivan 0-2, Peter McDonald, Braedon Wheeler, Timmy Clifford, and Liam Moore 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Michael Egan; Christy Brennan, Eoin Lawless, Adam Nolan; Enda Collins, Ian McGlynn, John Cooney; Liam Leen, Alex Connaire; Colm Cunningham, Sean McDonagh, Tiernan Killeen; Ruben Davitt, Shane Morgan, Greg Thomas.

Subs: Gavin Lee for Cunningham (46), Sean O’Hanlon for Morgan (52), Eanna Davoren for Collins (55), Colm Molloy for Davitt (59), Niall Glynn for Thomas (60).

KILKENNY: Aidan Tallis; Billy Reid, William Halpin, Tristan Roche; Peter McDonald, Padraic Moylan, Zach Bay Hammond; Liam Moore, James Aylward; Pierce Blanchfield, Timmy Clifford, Colman O'Sullivan; Billy Drennan, Jack Doyle, Ian Byrne.

Subs: Denis Walsh for Blanchfield (38), Andy Hickey for Aylward (44), Braedon Wheeler for Byrne (52), Aran Murphy for Drennan (59).

REFEREE: Patrick Murphy (Carlow).


Details of Galway Minor Team to face Kilkenny in the All Ireland Minor Hurling Final announced


  1. Michael Egan (Cappataggle)
  2. Christy Brennan (Clarinbridge)
  3. Eoin Lawless (Athenry)
  4. Adam Nolan (Kilnadeema Leitrim)
  5. Enda Collins (Carnmore)
  6. Ian McGlynn Capt. (Kilconieron)
  7. John Cooney (Sarsfields)
  8. Liam Leen (Clarinbridge)
  9. Alex Connaire (Sarsfields)
  10. Colm Cunningham (Moycullen)
  11. Sean McDonagh (Mountbellew)
  12. Tiernan Killeen (Loughrea)
  13. Ruben Davitt (Oranmore)
  14. Shane Morgan (Loughrea)
  15. Greg Thomas (Ballygar)
  16. Eoin Killeen (Gort)
  17. Sean O’Hanlon (Turloughmore)
  18. Gavin Lee (Clarinbridge)
  19. Eanna Davern (Moycullen)
  20. Oisin Slevin (Ardrahan)
  21. Paddy Cummins (Gort)
  22. Colm Molloy (Kilnadeema Leitrim)
  23. Niall Glynn (Ahascragh Fohenagh)
  24. Luke Prendergast (Ballindereen)

 Other Panel Members:

  • Mark Hardiman (Athenry)
  • Ryan Howley (Craughwell)
  • Cillian Callaghan (Castlegar)
  • Jack Linnane (Gort)
  • Declan McLoughlin (Portumna)
  • Mathew Rosengrave (Michael Cusacks)
  • Ben O’Connor (Ardrahan)
  • Conor Slattery (Tommy Larkins)

Best Wishes to the all the Lads and the Management Team!

Brian Hanley: 'Galway - Kilkenny final is what you live for'

By Billy Coss, Tuam Herald

ALL-IRELAND minor hurling finals are nothing new to Galway.

With each passing year comes a talented crop eager to dream big and create their own piece of history on the hallowed turf at Croke Park and add to the county's modern-day success story.

That same hold true for new manager Brian Hanley. On Sunday afternoon, The Athenry clubman and his backroom of Fergal Healy, Declan O'Brien, Keith Daniels, Ciaran Callanan and Brendan Egan will hope to guide Galway to a historic third successive Irish Press Cup.

Their journey officially started on July 14 - in something of a summer classic against Kilkenny - and will end with what all of a maroon and white persuasion hope will be a win over the same opposition seven weeks later on the greatest stage of all.

Speaking ahead of the final, Hanley discussed Galway's first meeting with Kilkenny, their route to the final, and the culture and values instilled at minor level.


We were well ahead and then Kilkenny came back and were level with ten minutes to go and we just kicked on. That was our first game and to be fair, Kilkenny have really, really improved since that again. They defeated Limerick, a well-fancied team who have beaten us twice this year. They gave them a good beating in the semi-final and were very, very impressive and have really upped their game again. But this is their ninth game coming up, it's our fourth. If we'd another six games, our team could take a different shape. We met our subs on the Tuesday evening [after the semi-final]. Only for them I feel we wouldn't be in a final, and for them to push on because we haven't been able to get the development into them with three games in three weeks in a row. It's been very hard albeit we've used 23 players. But the system is what it is, we're happy and are just delighted to be in a final.


They're a traditional Kilkenny team. They're very, very strong. They completely outplayed us for 20-25 minutes in the second half. They dominated the game. We'd a good opening, they'd a poor opening, but they dominated at times and what they did to Limerick was frightening. It was probably as good a performance as I've seen from a minor team in years. They've a great management team. They're well set up and they're very grounded people so they're a real traditional Kilkenny team. It's probably the dream final for us. A Galway - Kilkenny final is what you live for.


Our culture and values system is coming from the academies and Damien Coleman [Regional Director, Connacht GAA]. What we're trying to introduce and what they have introduced over the years from U-14 to U-16 to U-17 is to get them to become better people as well as develop them as hurlers. It's all about their core values and what makes up that, and how we do that as coaches and how the players represent it. You see here our core values are on our wristband - respect, positivity, communication and teamwork. They're the stuff we're trying to preach and develop. It's for outside of hurling as much as it is for hurling. We're just providing an education within the academy system for both player and coach.

They have to be accountable for their own actions and that's what would be a very, very strong point that these young lads are accountable for their own actions. Even when Ian [McGlynn] got sent off the last day [against Wexford], there was no reaction from him, there was no reaction from management. Not one of us raised our voices. Even when Shane Morgan's incident happened, Ciaran Callanan was our maor foirne on the day and he went out and pushed out all of our players. None of our players reacted, none of our players got entangled in it and none of us abused the referee or the umpires and that's part of the respect value of our culture. And that's very, very important.

Brian Hanley

Minor Manager Brian Hanley pictured with Eoin Lawless (left) and Christy Brennan


Galway reaches second All-Ireland Minor Final in a row.

Galway 0-14 Kerry 0-13

GALWAY: Donie Halleran; Ruairi King, Jonathan McGrath, Liam Tevnan; Cian Hernon, Ethan Fiorentini, Kyle O'Neill; James McLaughlin, Daniel O'Flaherty, Evan Nolan, Warren Seoige, Dylan Brady; Nathan Grainger, Tomo Culhane, Daniel Cox. Subs: Conall Gallagher for O'Flaherty (39), Niall Cunningham for Grainger (48), James Webb for O'Neill (51), Darragh Kennedy for Brady (57).

Scorers: Tomo Culhane 0-6 (0-5f), Dylan Brady 0-2, Warren Seoige 0-2, Nathan Grainger 0-1, Daniel Cox 0-1, Cian Hernon 0-1, Darragh Kennedy 0-1.

KERRY: Devon Burns; Kieran O'Sullivan, Alan Dineen, Luke Chester; Eoghan O'Sullivan, Adam Curran, Sean O'Brien; Cathal O Beaglaoich, Ronan Collins; Gearoid Hassett, Colin Crowley, Darragh Lynch; Emmet O'Shea, Dylan Geaney, Jack O'Connor. Subs: Dylan O'Callaghan for Crowley (39), Jospeh Linehan for Lynch (45), Kevin Goulding for O'Shea (55), Tomas O Hainifein for Collins (58), Ryan O'Grady for Geaney (63).

Scorers: Dylan Geaney 0-3, Darragh Lynch 0-3, Emmet O'Shea 0-3, Jack O'Connor 0-2, Sean O'Brien 0-1, Colin Crowley 0-1.

Cian Hernon

Cian Hernon on the ball

Daniel Cox

Daniel Cox in action

Warrren Seoige

Warren Seoige in attacking move

Jonathan McGrath

Man of the Match Jonathan McGrath

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