The Laois native has swapped his home county for Galway this season.

Shane Keegan: 'The number one target is to stay in the Premier Division'
Published: February 16, 2017

Galway United manager Shane Keegan has described the sense of excitement building in the region ahead of the new Premier Division campaign.


"There seems to be a great buzz about Galway United building and we would be hoping to get a really good crowd in for thefirst day of the season and hopefully also for the first couple of games,” Keegan told


"It will then be up to ourselves to play well, put in good performances. Hopefully by doing that they will keep on coming back.


"There seems to be great talk about the club around the area. We have an initiative at the club which has seen me get out to pretty much every junior club in the league, just to introduce myself and talk a little about Galway United.


"The aim is to integrate the club into the community a little bit more and that has been brilliant. We have been accepted into all of the clubs."


Keegan is about to embark on his first campaign in Galway, after moving from Wexford Youths, whom he guided to promotion to the Premier Division during his tenure.


Their first game of the 2017 season is on Friday week against Drogheda United, whos win in the promotion/relegation play-off sent Youths back to the second tier.


"The number one target is to still be in the division. With the three going down, if we can try to get as far away as possible from the danger zone and ensure safety over the first third or half of the season, then you can talk about maybe finish a little bit higher.


"We have played five pre season games so far, winning four of them, so we are quite happy on that front.


"The performances seem to be getting closer and closer to what we require with each game. The fitness levels have been particularly impressive, so we are happy with that side of things.


"Things are shaping up quite well ahead of the new season, so I am happy with where we are at now.”

Leave a Comment

John O'Shea

John is a Cork based reporter, mainly covering Cork City and Cobh Ramblers. John also reports regularly on Munster Senior League and Cork Youths League football for the Evening Echo. John has also freelanced for The Irish Examiner, Irish Independent and Mayo News.

More articles from John O'Shea

image description

League Report: St Patrick's Ath 0 - 3 Cork City

by John O'Shea on Sat, Apr 22 2017

Cork City continued their exceptional start to the season at Richmond Park on Friday night, maintaining their 100% record with ...... Read more

image description

WNL Report: Cork City Women 1 - 2 Peamount United

by John O'Shea on Sun, Apr 16 2017

Ciara McNamara's unfortunate own goal proved the difference between two evenly-matched teams in Bishopstown.... Read more

image description

Seani Maguire crowned SWAI player of the month for March

by John O'Shea on Wed, Apr 12 2017

The Kilkenny marksman has netted eight in eight as Cork's 100% record remains intact.... Read more

image description

League Report: Bray Wanderers 1 - 0 Galway United

by John O'Shea on Sat, Apr 08 2017

Gary McCabe's seventh goal of the season was enough for Bray despite Conor Kenna's second-half red card.... Read more

image description Photographer: Laszlo Geczo

Extraordinary press conference from WNT seeks basic dignity for players

by John O'Shea on Tue, Apr 04 2017

The Ireland Women's National Football Team are calling for more respect to be shown to them by the Football Association ...... Read more

image description

League Report: Cobh Ramblers 1 - 0 UCD

by John O'Shea on Sat, Apr 01 2017

Ben O'Riordan's first senior goal lifted Stephen Henderson's side above UCD into joint-first.... Read more