Galway team captain David Burke said the disappointments they experienced in the past fueled them to win their first Liam MacCarthy Cup since 1988.
“We went a point down in the second-half and I looked at Joe and Johnny and I said lads this is not happening again.” Burke told RTE Sport.
He commended the team’s overall performance that resulted to their championship.
“It was a whole panel effort 16 to 31; they are the guys who made it happen. They are the guys who pushed us all the way since after the Leinster final.”
The team captain dedicated the victory to the legendary Tony Keady and Niall Donohoue who died in 2013.
He also dedicated the victory to the unsung heroes who don’t usually receive the credit.
“They have soldiered, they have put blood and sweat into it and there have been management teams that have put all that in too.”
But for now, Burke said they will just bask in the glory of winning.
“We will cherish this time, we are absolutely delighted and we will enjoy the moment.”