Thousands defy rain to welcome home winners

Thousands defy rain to welcome home winners
Sam Matthews @SamAMatthewsKP

The wind and the rain did not deter a thousands of people from thronging the streets to welcome home Kilkenny's camogie heroines on Monday evening.

The intermediate and senior ladies teams travelled by open-top bus, which came from the Mac Donagh Junction train station through the streets lined with cheering supporters. The players and backroom teams arrived at Kilkenny Courthouse shortly after 7pm, at a reception hosted by Kilkenny County Council.

They were greeted by the Mayor of Kilkenny Patrick O' Neill and Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Matt Doran, and were introduced to the crowd which had gathered on High Street.

It was Kilkenny's first success at senior level in camogie in more than two decades, and there was no holding back on celebrations. The party started just before 6pm with live music and replays of both matches up on the big screens, crowds filling the streets.

Black and amber was everywhere, and the excitement built to a crescendo as both captains then emerged to rapturous applause, holding the O’ Duffy and McGrath cups aloft.

When Aine and Michelle addressed the assembled masses, they acknowledgd the competitive efforts of their opponents, and spoke of the hard work put in over the season.

The Rose of Mooncoin rang out over the city as all celebrated another fantastic occasion of sporting success for Kilkenny.