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Cricket heroes a big hit at Krystle homecoming bash

IRELAND'S cricket team received a heroes' welcome at celebrity hotspot Krystle last night after jetting home from the Cricket World Cup in India.

The Herald caught up with the team's best known players, including captain William Porterfield, talented brothers Kevin and Niall O'Brien, Trent Johnston and John Mooney as they partied in the venue's Penthouse suite.

Joining in the festivities were many of the cricket WAGs, as well as a number of proud parents, children and other friends and relatives.

Leading the pack of glamorous WAGs was John Mooney's fiancee Helena Grant, who couldn't stay out partying too late, given that her daughter Alisha (8), who was also in attendance, had to be in school this morning.

The flame-haired beauty returned from India on Sunday night and admitted she was still suffering from jetlag as she joined her hubby-to-be, who scored the winning runs against England, at the invite-only bash.

"We're like one big family," Helena told the Herald. "I think it's brilliant that the lads have been getting so much attention, anything that helps raise the profile of the sport in Ireland is great."

Meanwhile, Trent Johnston's wife Vanessa explained how she and the other ladies behind the sportsmen don't fulfil the WAG stereotype.

"Everyone wanted to know were we shopping over there but there's no story to tell," she explained.

"A lot of the girls are actually quite sporty and are quite earnest about watching the guys."

Krystle co-owner Rangan Arulchelvan pulled out all the stops to ensure the team had a night to remember, with the VIP club decorated with Irish flags and banners.

According to Rangan: "I'm a cricket lover myself. I'm from Sri Lanka so there's cricket in my blood all the way."

The celebrations are set to continue throughout the week for the cricket team, with a number of Dublin-based players set to be interviewed on The Late Late Show this coming Friday.