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Monday 21 April 2014

Jubilant scenes in Clare as winning All Ireland team arrives home

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

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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