A new Messiah has arrived in Donegal as Jim McGuinness guided Donegal to their sixth Ulster senior championship crown.
They defeated Derry by 1-11 to 0-8 in Clones on Sunday to send the big Donegal support into raptures not seen since the glory days of 1992. Five times since the famous win of 19 years ago, Donegal returned for Ulster day but each time returned empty handed.
But on Sunday, the result was never really in doubt and Donegal can now take their place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals which are set for the August Bank Holiday weekend in Croke Park. The draw for those quarter-finals will be made after the round 4 games in the Qualifiers take place next weekend. Donegal will be in a pool with Kerry, Dublin and Mayo while the winners of the round 4 qualifiers will be in the other pool.
That pool will have Cork/Down, Derry/Kildare, Wexford/Limerick and Armagh/Tyrone/Roscommon.
Donegal, however, cannot be drawn against Derry again, if they were successful. The Donegal team returned to the Diamond on Donegal Town on Sunday night to great acclaim with thousands of supporters coming out to cheer on their heroes.
Last night they were in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, to look at a video of the Ulster final and the serious work of preparing for the All-Ireland quarter-final will begin tonight.
Speaking at the homecoming last night in Donegal Town, the manager, Jim McGuinness, said that they would do everything in their power to prepare well for the next game.