Thursday 19 April 2018

Waterford joy as minor heroes welcomed home

Ciaran Murphy

WATERFORD was awash with white and blue last night as the minor All-Ireland winning team made their way up the Quay on an open-top bus onto The Mall in the city.

Thousands turned out to welcome home the county's young hurling heroes, who beat Galway by eight points at Croke Park on Sunday.

It was a moment the county was sure to savour, as the last time they won a minor hurling title was 65 years ago.

The team arrived at The Mall after 6.30pm and were greeted by huge crowds of supporters. Players, including Austin Gleeson, Stephen Bennett, Michael Kearney and, of course, Patrick Curran, were welcomed into the arms of thousands of fans.

Earlier the team had paid the traditional visit to young patients at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.

Mayor of Waterford City John Cummins said: "The team deserve this. Sixty-five years is a long time to wait for a minor hurling title."

Irish Independent

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