He may be in the business of fast food but Galway Senior Hurling sponsor Pat McDonagh has had to wait nearly a quarter of a century for Galway to bring home the bacon.
The GAA’s longest running sponsor is hopeful of finally reaching the summit in the replayed All-Ireland final in three weeks – almost a quarter of a century since first backing Galway.
Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s started sponsoring Galway hurling towards the end of the 1980s and his company logo has been on the front of their jersey for the past 22 years.
The Tribesmen reached the All-Ireland final in 1993, 2001 and 2005 but were defeated each time and, while Galway have won numerous minor and U-21 crowns since the sponsorship started, Mr McDonagh said it would be the ultimate dream to capture the senior title.
“It was a very proud moment to see them go out on All-Ireland day with the Supermac’s logo on the front and to win it would be magnificent. And I think they can, they have done really well this year and deserve their success.
“I think Galway will have got a lot of experience from Sunday’s game and that will stand to them.
“But we have been backing Galway hurling for a long time and have really enjoyed it and winning is really a bonus. I have been a hurling supporter all my life and it has been a really enjoyable sponsorship.
“We sponsor a lot of sports in different counties, but Galway hurling has always been the closest to my heart, so to win the All-Ireland after all this time would be just great,” said the Supermac’s boss who now has 105 outlets throughout the country.
But, Mr McDonagh revealed that, while hurling has always been his first love, the Supermac’s name came from the exploits of a soccer player.
Mr McDonagh went to boarding school at Carmelite College in Moate where he played football and at the time one of the most prolific scorers in the English league was Newcastle United striker Malcolm McDonald.
“I got a few goals in one game and one of the lads on the sideline hung the name on me. That’s where I got the ‘Supermac’ nickname,” he said.