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Brian Cody already planting the seeds for more All-Ireland homecomings for Kilkenny

Conor Kane

Published 07/09/2015 | 21:05

7/9/2015: TJ Reid raises the Liam McCarthy Cup aloft for the Kilkenny fans during the homecoming at Nowlan park. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: TJ Reid raises the Liam McCarthy Cup aloft for the Kilkenny fans during the homecoming at Nowlan park. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Paul Berry was singing the Kilkenny hurling team to Nowlan Park during the homecoming on Kilkenny streets. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Brian Cody brings the Liam McCarthy Cup onstage during the homecoming for the Kilkenny team. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: The Kilkenny team bus passed throught the streets on the way to Nowlan Park past many excited shpporters. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Paul Berry was singing the Kilkenny hurling team to Nowlan Park during the homecoming on Kilkenny streets. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Kilkenny hurlers including Michael and Colin Fennelly, Cillian Buckley and Jackie Tyrrell celebrate on the bus as it leaves Kilkenny Castle Park on the way to Nowlan Park during the homecoming for the Kilkenny team. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Excited Kilkenny fans at Nowlan Park during the homecoming for the All Ireland Champions. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: TJ Reid and Joey Holden are holding the Liam McCarthy Cup as the bus makes the journey to Nowlan Park during the homecoming for the Kilkenny team. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: A huge crowd was lining the streets of Kilkenny city as the Kilkenny team bus made the journey to Nowlan Park during the homecoming. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Seven year old Daniel darwich from Dunamaggin in Co Kilkenny was still working on his skills while waiting for the Kilkenny team bus to arrive at Kilkenny Castle. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup aloft asTJ Reid and Rackard Cody join in the celebrations as the team bus leaves Kilkenny Castle Park on the way to Nowlan park during the homecoming for the Kilkenny team. Photo: Pat Moore.

Some 12,000 people flocked to Nowlan Park this evening to watch Kilkenny hurlers bring home the Liam McCarthy.

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Surveying the crowd of thousands last night in Nowlan Park at another victory celebration, Brian Cody was already planting the seeds for more All-Ireland homecomings in Kilkenny.

7/9/2015: Brian Cody brings the Liam McCarthy Cup onstage during the homecoming for the Kilkenny team. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Brian Cody brings the Liam McCarthy Cup onstage during the homecoming for the Kilkenny team. Photo: Pat Moore.

Once upon a time, he told the devoted, the players who earned a 36th title for the county on Sunday were standing in the crowd of supporters, cheering and watching as their heroes were winning in days gone by.

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7/9/2015: Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup aloft as the team bus leaves Kilkenny castle Park on the way to Nowlan park during the homecoming for the Kilkenny team. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup aloft as the team bus leaves Kilkenny castle Park on the way to Nowlan park during the homecoming for the Kilkenny team. Photo: Pat Moore.
7/9/2015: Kilkenny hurlers including Michael and Colin Fennelly, Cillian Buckley and Jackie Tyrrell celebrate on the bus as it leaves Kilkenny Castle Park on the way to Nowlan Park during the homecoming for the Kilkenny team. Photo: Pat Moore.

“That gave them the drive and ambition and dream to get up on that stage themselves, to get to play with Kilkenny and be a part of something like this. It’s certain there are young children and teenagers in the stand tonight, you people have that same dream and same ambition and same determination to some day be up wearing the black and amber and hopefully be part of a team that brings back the Liam McCarthy Cup.”

Sounding an ominous note for other hurling counties, he added: “The players behind me are leading the way now, it’s vitally important that what happens now continues to happen.”

After receiving the loudest cheer of the evening when he strode onto the stage, Cody pointed out that 31 counties were rooting for Galway in Sunday’s final, “and that’s understandable,” hailed their opponents “magnificent” first half, but then reminded everyone what makes this side great.

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“I think the display in the second half and the skill and strength of character they showed can be compared to any display by any team in any code, anywhere.”

The Kilkenny manager’s speech was the last of a homecoming event which got under way when the team bus arrived at Kilkenny Castle at 5.45pm, allowing the players to board an open-top bus for the familiar journey through the streets towards Nowlan Park.

Out from the eating houses and drinking establishments, shops and homes came the fans as the bus chugged along, cheering and forming a growing crowd behind the team and management, like the children of Hamlyn following the Pied Piper.

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