Saturday 16 December 2017

Details for Galway's joyous All-Ireland homecoming revealed

Joe Canning of Galway celebrates with supporters following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Joe Canning of Galway celebrates with supporters following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Prepare to light the bonfires.

The Galway minor and senior hurlers will make their way back across the Shannon this afternoon after their double success at GAA headquarters.

Jack Canning, Joe's Nephew, inspired Galway to an 11th ever All-Ireland minor crown with two second half goals before David Burke and his charges bridged the gap to the team of 1988 by winning hurling's September showpiece.

The Irish Press Cup and the Liam MacCarthy trophy and the heroes who delivered them will be paraded for fans at the Fairgreen in Ballinasloe at 3pm today.

There will be live music from Seán Slattery & The Connections and parking restrictions will be in place.

Supporters will be able to access the Fairgreen on foot via Society Street and Harris Road.

The team convoy will continue their journey to Pearse Stadium in Salthill where they’re due to arrive around 6.30p.m.

The Déise Homecoming Ceremony will be held on The Quays in Waterford City and access to the viewing area will be open to the public from 4.30pm onwards while the Waterford team are expected to go over the bridge from 6pm.  The Quay and all quay car parks will be closed to traffic from 2pm onwards and diversion routes will be clearly marked.

A very big crowd is a expected to show their appreciation for Derek McGrath's vanquished side.

Galway captain David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy cup after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Galway captain David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy cup after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Waterford manager Derek McGrath dejected after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Galway manager Micheál Donoghue after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
David Burke of Galway lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Galway captain David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup surrounded by delighted supporters. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway's Gearóid McInerney, left, and Jason Flynn celebrate
A Waterford supporter shows her anguish. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin Moran scores Waterford’s first goal. Photo: Sportsfile
Kieran Bennett can only look on as David Burke tries to gather the ball despite losing his hurley. Photo: Sportsfile
Conor Cooney gets away Darragh Fives to set up a Galway. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway manager Micheál Donoghue celebrates with Jason Flynn. Photo: Sportsfile
Nial Burke (left) and Conor Whelan get the better of Noel Connors. Photo: Sportsfile
Joe Canning (right) and captain David Burke alongside Margaret Keady, wife of the late, great Tony. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway’s Aidan Harte blocks the path of Waterford’s Tommy Ryan. Photo: Sportsfile
Austin Gleeson shows the pain of defeat. Photo: Sportsfile
Austin Gleeson (right) in an aerial duel with Galway’s Aidan Harte (left) and team-mates Kevin Moran and Pauric Mahony. Photo: Sportsfile
Tom Brennan, from Clarinbridge, and his fellow Galway supporters celebrate with the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Joe Canning of Galway celebrates with his mother Josephine. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Tadhg de Búrca of Waterford is consoled by Cathal Mannion of Galway. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Galway captain David Burke raises the Liam MacCarthy Cup to huge cheers as the Tribesmen ended a 29-year wait for hurling glory at Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin Moran of Waterford on his way to scoring his side’s first goal. Photo: Sportsfile
Thousands attend a big screen viewing of the final in Eyre Square, Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes

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