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Tipp stars celebrate with fans at palace

IT got a little hectic in Dublin's iconic Palace bar when the All Ireland winning Tipperary team swung by with the Liam MacCarthy cup.

The Palace on Fleet Street, owned by the Aherne family, has a long-standing tradition supporting the premier County, and last Sunday was no exception when Tipp won the All Ireland.

Manager Liam Sheedy, captain Eoin Kelly and a string of other players and coaches popped into the city-centre haunt.

The winners celebrated with fans and owners Willie Aherne and his dad Liam before their triumphant return to Tipp.

Willie explained they have long supported Tipperary since his grandfather took over the bar in 1946.

"It's a tradition to have Tipperary in when they win. "My grandfather had the winners in during the 50s and 60s, and in 1991 my father filled the place and the same in 2001," he said.

"The place was packed, there was such a great buzz around the place. Dozens of people came in to see them."

Willie is delighted that the pub has been able to stay true to its Tipperary heritage in the heart of the capital.

"It made the hairs on your back stand up, it was a great bit of history happening," he said of the winners' visit.