Captain David Burke pays tribute to Galway's nine unsung heroes after 'unbelievable' party in Citywest
- Galway win All-Ireland hurling final after 29-year famine
- Emotions 'high' as team celebrate
- West readying itself for 'heavy celebrations'
- Team visit Crumlin Children's Hospital this morning before hitting the road home
Galway skipper David Burke has illustrated his leadership qualities and class on and off the field after Galway's 29-year All-Ireland famine ended yesterday.
He was named man of the match for yesterday's clash after bagging four points from play in a tireless performance and was hailed for his eight-minute speech as he lifted Liam MacCarthy in the Hogan Stand.
Speaking outside the Citywest hotel this morning, the star midfielder remembered nine men who were pivotal in their success, the nine players who failed to make the bench for yesterday's game.
GAA regulations mean that Michéal Donoghue could only name 26 players for his matchday squad but the other players who have trained with the squad were given number 27 jersey's in tribute to their dedication.
Burke believes Galway's wait for Liam MacCarthy would have entered a fourth decade had it not been for these men.
"One of the lads sent me a picture of me lifting the cup on the big screen and it's hard to believe.
"The emotion is relief more than anything for myself and just delighted to be a part of something special.
"They've put in the same effort all year. They'll have the same medal as everyone else from one to 35 and it was them really who won us the trophy and no one will realise it really because different players are out of the limelight," he said.
"It was them who made us work so hard at training.
"Everyone says that when you win but when you do win you realise how important it is to get the at intensity and competition for places and I think that's really what helped us get over the line
"You always remain positive and believe that it was going to be our day no matter what was thrown at us
"That's the challenge we wanted to stand up to and they're the days we want to be remembered for. You've proved to yourself you can do it.
"The emotion here at Citywest last night was unreal and I just can't wait to get it (Liam MacCarthy) back home to Galway."
Galway manager Donoghue expects a week of 'heavy celebrations' as his side head west of the Shannon later today.
"The scenes when we came back last night were just unbelievable. Today, the attention turns to bringing it home and that's what it's all about," he said
"It was a euphoric occasion and there will be heavy celebrations this week. It will be an exciting day."
The atmosphere was ecstactic as fans, young and old waiting to greet the team at outside the Citywest hotel.
Even overseas tourists seem to know there was something special going on.
Fans flocked to take photos, with the players happily obliging before their team bus was given a garda escort to Crumlin Children's Hospital where they will greet the patients with Liam MacCarthy in tow.
One woman could be heard saying to her infant sons, 'cherish this moment boys, it's been a long time coming. as they held the cup aloft.