Friday 31 July 2015

Jubilant scenes in Clare as winning All Ireland team arrives home

Published 29/09/2013 | 19:04

29 September 2013; Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald addresses the crowd during the homecoming celebrations of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions. Tim Smythe Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
29 September 2013; Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald addresses the crowd during the homecoming celebrations of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions. Tim Smythe Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Shane O'Donnell lifts the Liam McCarthy at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fan Michiela O'Donovan from Scarriff celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
29/09/2013 Clare Senior Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald presents the Liam McCarthy Cup to the large crowd who gathered to welcome home the Senior and U21 All Ireland Winning teams to Sixmilebridge on Sunday Evening. Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Clare's Davy Fitzgerald holds onto the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Clare's Davy Fitzgerald holds onto the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Fans at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans 6 wwek old Liam and his father Diarmuid Keane celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Clare's mascot Ronan Keane with the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Fans celebrate at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Clare's Davy Fitzgerald holds onto the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Clare's Davy Fitzgerald holds onto the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Clare's Davy Fitzgerald holds onto the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Clare's Davy Fitzgerald holds onto the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Clare's captain Patrick Donnellon cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Clare's Conor Ryan and Cadhla Brock, Sean McDermott and Brod Brock McDermott age 3 month at Carrigoran holds onto the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Clare's Davy Fitzgerald holds onto the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Clare's Davy Fitzgerald holds onto the Liam McCarthy cup as Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Thousands of fans lined out to see Clare passing through Clare Castle on their homecoming tour after beating Cork in the All Ireland Final. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with 6 month old Emma Monahan and her mother Sinead, from Ballymote, Co. Sligo, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with 6 month old Emma Monahan and her mother Sinead, from Ballymote, Co. Sligo, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with two and a half year old Nicholas Partick Power and his mother Alice, from Gurteen, Co. Sligo, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Clare's Padraic Collins with ten year old Aisling Keogh, from Raharney, Co. Westmeath, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.
Aoife Bolton age 7, Kilrush County Clare with Dave McInearney, member of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions
Jodie Vard, age 13, Dalkey with Pat O'Connor, member of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys hospital in Crumlin
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with ten year old Aisling Keogh, from Raharney, Co. Westmeath, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Jodie Vard, age 13, Dalkey with Pat O'Connor and Podge Collins, members of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys in Crumlin
29 September 2013; Clare's Pat O'Connor with 3 month old Brian Tierney and his mother Sadie, from Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin

There were scenes of jubilation in Clare tonight as the winning hurling team made their way back to the banner county.

They beat Cork yesterday by 5-16 to 3-16 in Croke Park in the All Ireland hurling final.

Earlier today they visited Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin with the Liam McCarthy Cup where they met young patients and their families as they posed for photographs for over an hour.

They then travelled by train to Limerick for the start of their journey home.

Speaking on the train, Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald said: "I don't know if it's really sunk in, it's hard to believe we are All-Ireland Champions for 2013, we are number one. It's pretty unreal but it's down to the guys.

“I really can't the praises of these players enough, it's down to them. They are exceptional and you can have all the success you want as we've see in other counties but to see that break-through at senior level but it takes a special player," Fitzgerald said.

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