It was a day 47 years in the making but Galway city club Liam Mellows finally got their hands on the county title for the sixth time after beating Gort in Sunday’s final.
Having won a second Tom Callanan Cup in three years in 1970, few would have thought that they would have to wait so long for another success.
But a clinical 3-12 to 1-15 win in the county final meant that it was celebration time – and boy, were those celebrations earned.
According to manager Louis Mulqueen, who coached Clare under Davy Fitzgerald, Mellows started preparation for the championship on December 1, 2016 – 367 days before the county final was eventually played.
He told Colm Keyes of the Irish Independent that they had 134 training sessions in the twelve month season.
“We took a six-week break in the middle.
“I was trying to get the balance right. I had learned a little bit. I took Clarinbridge one year there in 2006. The summer break in Galway affects you. Everyone goes off to America, they take jobs. We got two championships through it.
With such a commitment, you could not begrudge the city club the title and Mulqueen pointed to the leaders in the set-up that kept the show on the road all year.
“Getting a Galway county title medal is like hen’s teeth. The likes of Aonghus (Callanan) and David (Collins). It was their one shot, one chance and they had to take it. Fair play, both of them stood up as leaders on the pitch with everybody else out there.”
Liam Mellows no go into the All-Ireland series where they take on Cuala in the new year for the spot in the St Patrick’s Day All-Ireland club final.