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There have been many changes to the way of life in County Galway over the past three decades but one constant that has remained is the steadfast, loyal, support of Pat McDonagh and Supermac's to the promotion and development of Gaelic games in the county. The CEO of the family fast food restaurant sat down with the Galway Advertiser to chat about Supermac's long standing relationship with Galway GAA, the similarities between a successful sports team and a successful business, and of course, the big game.
The restructuring of the Minor Championship in 2018 meant that Galway would be given extra game time out on the field as they pursued a second minor title in as many seasons. This is how they made it to the this Sunday's decider.
It is unusual to see so many clubs represented on a county minor hurling panel as there are this year.
For many 17-year-olds around the country the summer before heading into the final year of school is spent chilling with friends and relaxing before the landslide of work that accompanies the Leaving Cert. However, that has not been the case for Galway minor hurling captain, Sean Neary, as he looks to emulate his predecessor's exploits, Darren Morrissey, in lifting the Irish Press Cup in Croke Park this Sunday.
When the shrill of the final whistle echoes around the cauldron that will be Croke Park on Sunday afternoon, will it be back-to-back All Ireland senior hurling titles for the first time in three decades for Galway, or will Limerick have bridged a 45-year gap since last annexing the Liam McCarthy Cup?
Jeffrey Lynskey has been a successful manager with the Galway minor hurlers over the past few seasons, guiding the county to titles in 2015 and 2017 and to another final this Sunday when his charges take on Kilkenny on Sunday in Croke Park (1pm).
First up and into the fray next Sunday on All Ireland hurling final day at Croke Park are the Galway minors who take on Kilkenny (1pm).
Pádraic Mannion won his first All-Star last year after a terrific season and, more importantly, he collected his first county senior All-Ireland medal in the victory over Waterford.
Whenever a team finally makes it to the top of the pile, the inevitable questions will be asked of players the following season of how much hunger do they have to win a second title? How will their winning experiences stand to them? Have they taken their game to the next level?
In what has been described by many observers as the greatest hurling championship in living memory, the Galway Advertiser takes a look back on how Micheál Donoghue secured their place in this Sunday's decider.