Thousands expected for homecoming as Kilkenny bring Liam McCarthy home

KILKENNY senior hurlers will return to the Marble City this evening with the Liam McCarthy Cup having defeated Tipperary in a thrilling decider at Croke Park on a 2-17 to 1-16 scoreline.

KILKENNY senior hurlers will return to the Marble City this evening with the Liam McCarthy Cup having defeated Tipperary in a thrilling decider at Croke Park on a 2-17 to 1-16 scoreline.

Thousands are expected to throng the streets of Kilkenny to honour their all-conquering heroes - bringing back the trophy for the 33rd time to Kilkenny.

The special team train is to arrive at MacDonagh station at 5.45pm, and the team is to travel on open top bus to the Market Yard for the traditional civic reception.

For Henry Shefflin, Eddie Brennan, Noel Hickey and Michael Kavanagh it is an extra special occasion as they each have won eight All-Ireland medals. Indeed for team manager Brian Cody he continues to be the most successful manager in hurling’s history with eight All-Ireland titles won in 11 years. A first half goal from Michael Fennelly gave Kilkenny the boost they needed following a positive start, and Richie Hogan’s finish - the culmination of a sweeping move, helped seal the win for Kilkenny.

The team anad management were lauded in City West at the after match banquet last night (Sunday). JJ Delaney was named as RTE’s Man of the Match.

In this week’s Kilkenny People, John Knox, Trevor Spillane and Barrie Henriques report from Croke Park with all the action and exclusive interviews from inside the winning dressing room.

Former star Martin Comerford gives his thoughts on the game and leading columnist Enda McEvoy recalls Kilkenny’s greatest ever triumph.

Full picture coverage of the game - the actin, the fans, the celebrations in this week’s Kilkenny People plus extensive coverage of the home coming this evening.