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Published: 10:55 | 21/8/19

Donoghue steps down from Galway post


Micheal Donoghue has decided to step down as Galway senior hurling manager after four seasons in charge.

Donoghue led the Tribesmen to the 2017 All-Ireland title, their first since 1998, and had been expected to continue in the role despite a poor campaign this year. 

Galway also claimed the Allianz Leagues hurling crown in 2017 and narrowly lost out in the All-Ireland final to Limerick the following year. 

"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.

"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.

"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.

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

"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."

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