Farragher blessed to play with unique generation

November 22, 2019

Corofin's Michael Farragher beats Shane Doolan of Dr Crokes to the ball. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

by Daragh Small

Corofin forward Michael Farragher says he‘s fortunate to play in a gifted generation at the north Galway club as they go in search of a fourth straight Connacht crown this weekend.

The reigning All-Ireland champions clash with first time finalists Pádraig Pearses from Roscommon at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Corofin claimed their seventh successive Galway county title when they beat Tuam Stars after a replay earlier this month.

They returned to St Jarlath’s Park for a narrow 1-10 to 0-11 victory over Mayo’s Ballintubber on 10 November.

And the 29-year-old former Galway attacker believes the club have never had it so good with dreams of a third All-Ireland in-a-row still very much alive.

“Seven-in-a-row in the county was unbelievable,” said Farragher. 

“We didn’t really get a chance to let it sink in. It is something that we will always cherish and probably only look back on it when we are finished playing. It is something special.

“We are blessed at the minute and long may it last.”

Corofin’s unbeaten run in Galway now stretches to 45 games while they have defeated St Brigid’s, Castlebar Mitchels and Ballintubber in the last three provincial deciders.

Corofin have featured in every Connacht final since 2014 and they won All-Irelands in 2015, ’18 and ’19.

Substitute Darragh Silke scored a crucial point to help secure victory against Ballintubber last time out.

And Farragher knows his manager Kevin O’Brien has an extremely strong bench to call on if needed.

“We came up against a savage Ballintubber team and we were delighted to get over the line,” said Farragher.

“We are blessed with the lads that are able to come off the bench. They are county standard. We are delighted with the panel we have and hopefully they can help us claim another Connacht title, please God.

“It is exciting to be involved, unreal. We are looking forward to the challenge in the final.”

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