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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Irish Lions arrive home to heroes' welcome

Kevin Keane

Ireland’s rugby stars have arrived home from their successful British and Irish Lions tour of Australia

Brian O’Driscoll, Johnny Sexton, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney and a number of backroom staff flew in to Dublin airport from London, where the full Lions team went their separate ways after an overnight flight from Sydney.

They were greeted by family and friends and dozens of supporters who had watched the Irish players contribute to two game to one victory over Australia in the three test series.

Former Lions captain, O’Driscoll, who was controversially dropped for the first time in his career ahead of the final successful test against Australia, was one of the first to emerge in the arrivals hall and proceeded to quickly make his way out of the airport.

He remarked that he was looking forward to "switching off completely" on a four week holiday before resuming pre-season training with his Leinster club mates. O'Driscoll said the celebrations after the Lion's test victory were 'a good laugh' and went on for a few days.

Sexton, who starred in all three tests for the Lions, was greeted at the airport by fiancee Laura Priestly.

The couple are due to get married on Friday but a relaxed Sexton said everything was in place for the wedding.

"It's been a long trip so it's good to get home and see the family," Sexton said.

Johnny Sexton with little Tadgh Pitts (9months old) from Dublin
Johnny Sexton with little Tadgh Pitts (9months old) from Dublin
Brian O'Driscoll at Dublin Airport after returning from the Lions tour
Jonathan Sexton and Sean O'Brien pose for a photograph at Dublin Airport
Simon Zebo signs a fans rugby ball
Jonathan Sexton with his fiancee Laura Priestley
Rob Kearney at Dublin Airport

He signed autographs and posed with fans before departing the airport.

 

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