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Jubilant scenes in Clare as winning All Ireland team arrives home

Published 29/09/2013 | 19:04

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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
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
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
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.

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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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