This week in our series of 'Great GAA Speeches', Ray Silke joined John Murray on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport to recall Galway's 1998 All-Ireland SFC success. 

On St Patrick's Day in '98, Ray Silke climbed the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift the Andy Merrigan Cup after Corofin's maiden All-Ireland club success. 

Just over six month's later, he would climb the same steps as an exciting Galway side overcame the fancied Kildare to end a 32-year-wait for All-Ireland glory.

Speaking mainly as Gaeilge, Silke's speech referenced the county's long wait to win another title, the fans who travelled to Castlebar, Carrick-on-Shannon and the Hyde en route to Croke Park, what the win would mean for Galway people all over the world and the contribution of manager John O'Mahony. 

RTÉ commentator Ger Canning did ponder the question whether the Angelus might have to be delayed when recalling the somewhat loquacious speech Silke made after the club final?

And while Silke made sure to thank a lot come September, the Angelus did go out on time that Sunday evening.  

The Tribes skipper also explained that the squad were confident they were going to win on the back of solid work done in previous seasons, with John O'Mahony's arrival key in giving them that extra push.  

Listen to the full discussion here.

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