Derry have reached the All Ireland Minor Football Final in which they will meet a strongly-fancied Galway side on Sunday week.
And if the Oak Leaf side manage to come out on top, then former All Ireland winning midfield ace Brian McGilligan will be delighted.
Just last month McGilligan was manager of the Derry Under 21 Hurling side that tested Dublin to the full in a stirring All Ireland semi-final at Pairc Esler, Newry before going down.
Such was the ferocity of Derry's challenge in that game that Dubs' boss Sean Lane lavished praise on the Oak Leaf side's efforts.
And while McGilligan was pleased to see his side's efforts lauded, he nonetheless has strong feelings on the direction that hurling is taking in Derry.
McGilligan, no mean hurler in his time, believes indeed that hurling in Ulster will struggle to stay afloat unless urgent remedial action is implemented by county boards and the Ulster Council.
"Whenever I was playing, Derry had about ten boys who played both hurling and football, but the truth is there was no real interest or drive to even encourage you to play hurling.
" Hurling was only a joke and we were really channelling all our energies into football.
"Derry is a football county, end of story. The County Board can say at the end of the year that they have participated in all competitions and that they are doing their bit for the sport.
" But they don't really care how they got on. I would like some of these guys to tell me where in the GAA's Official Guide does it say that one game should be promoted more than another.
"The sad reality in Derry is that we've a group of guys who can play hurling and if they were getting the same amount of effort and commitment that the footballers are, who knows what they might achieve. At colleges level St. Patrick's Maghera are winning national titles, but that falls away when it comes to senior level." he said.