The St Mary's Limavady adventure continues and this Saturday (2pm) the bandwagon will roll into Ballyshannon for a clash with Connacht champions, St Joseph's of Charlestown.
The prize is an All-Ireland Final appearance and a chance to challenge for the Rice Cup.
It is going to be a busy day for Derry captain Chrissy McKaigue who manages the team along with his Slaughtneil club mate Kevin O'Neill. After the game he will be bound for Omagh where he will lead out Derry for this weekend's clash with Tyrone.
Since arriving in Limavady McKaigue has channelled his energy into the GAA scene and last month added the Ward Cup to last season's success in the Gerry Brown Cup.
McKaigue has got some information on the Charlestown team who are 'very high scoring' and 'attack minded' but at this stage of the championship the level of competition will be ramping up
The journey has been vitally important at boosting the profile of the school on the GAA stage. "It builds a confidence and promotes GAA within the area. It's great to see junior and intermediate clubs in Derry gain exposure at All Ireland level," McKaigue indicates.
It has been a long road but St Mary's are starting to peak at the right time as McKaigue explains.
"Nothing has changed since we started training back in September, although we are starting to play the way we've been aiming to all year recently which is very positive."
"The last few performances have seen us at our best but we all need the same again this Saturday," McKaigue concluded.