ALL-Ireland winning hurling captain Pat Donnellan popped the question to his girlfriend in a return visit to Croke Park.
The victorious All-Ireland winners -- just like their 1995 predecessors -- had the rare distinction of not having any engaged or married player on the starting 15.
But that will no longer be the case, after Donnellan revealed he scaled the heights at Croke Park for a second time this year, this time to ask Edel Leahy from Creeves, west Limerick, to marry him.
Crowning an unforgettable year for the 28-year-old O'Callaghan's Mills clubman, Donnellan revealed that he went back to Croker to get down on bended knee.
He said: "I booked a private tour of the Croke Park Skyline a week or so before Christmas and we went up there on what was probably the windiest day of the year, so bad we nearly got blown away up there.
"I got down on one knee up there and popped the question and thankfully it worked out well and she said yes."
A delighted Edel said she was taken by surprise. "I wasn't expecting him to propose at all, certainly when we were going into Croke Park that day. It's been an amazing year for us."
The couple said they would enjoy the break in Mexico and make plans for their wedding on their return. The only married member of the All-Ireland winning squad is Fergal Lynch who has since announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.
At the airport, hundreds of Clare fans turned up to wave the champions off.
Manager Davy Fitzgerald was first at the airport with the Liam MacCarthy in hand. Among those to pose for a photo with the Clare legend was music star Dolores O'Riordan, fresh from her performance on New Year's Eve at the opening of Limerick National City of Culture.
"It's fantastic to see so many fans turning up this morning at Shannon Airport but I'm not surprised," said Fitzgerald.