Painting the town purple and gold after camogie win
WEXFORD will host a massive homecoming hooley tonight after its senior camogie team beat Cork to win their third consecutive Bill Carroll cup in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final yesterday.
But the party was already well under way last night as elated Wexford fans streamed out of Croke Park to celebrate the victorious end to an electrifying and at times nailbiting clash with the Rebelettes.
"You'll never beat Wexford!" a little boy sang at the top of his lungs as a sea of ecstatic purple and gold-clad men, women, girls and boys left the stadium.
Among the proud Wexford fans, former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle was close to tears following Wexford's 3 -- 13 victory over Cork's 3 -- 6.
Sporting a purple Stetson, which she referred to as "my lucky hat", the Wexford native beamed with pride.
"It was just wonderful. I'm so delighted for them. I thought I might give away my lucky hat after today, but I don't think so, I'll save it for next year," she told the Irish Independent.
"I just think they are fabulous girls and there was a great crowd and great supporters. I'm quite choked about it."
"Surreal" was how Wexford team captain Ursula Jacob described her team's stunning hat-trick.
"I don't think it's sinking in just yet but probably afterwards, when we reflect on it.
"We can't believe we've won the three in a row. It's such an historic thing to do," she told RTE news.
President Michael D Higgins was also among close to 16,000 fans who flocked to the stadium.
After paying their respects in a minute's silence to Ulster rugby star Nevin Spence (22), who tragically died with his 30-year-old brother Graham and father Noel (52) in a farming accident at the weekend, the stadium took on a carnival-like atmosphere.
Proud Cork supporter Jonty O'Leary (66) had high hopes for the Rebelettes along with his 14 grandchildren who accompanied him to the match.
"They might be down for a while, but they'll come back. Sure, we beat the Black and Tans, why can't we beat them here?" he said.
But minutes before the match ended, with Cork trailing woefully behind, mother and daughter Patricia Gannon (53) and Louise Gannon (26) from Courtmacsherry gracefully threw in the towel.
"It was a brilliant match but Wexford were very strong in the last 10 to 15 minutes," Patricia said.