KILKENNY team manager Brian Cody paid tribute to Kilkenny’s supporters at the historic homecoming in Nowlan Park.
Staged at the county grounds for the first time ever, the team manager said that despite being outnumbered in Croke Park, Kilkenny supporters roared on the crowd and were a fantastic lift to the team as the county claimed its 34th All-Ireland title.
He also said that the GAA’s decision to accomodate families by introducing tickets for children for the replay was the right choice and a great help to supporters.
Indeed, the homecoming was very much a family affair as young and old enjoyed the sounds of local bands The Kilkenny’s and The Mighty Cats before the arrival of the team.
Hosted by the local Borough Council, the homecoming attracted 20,000 to local GAA headquarters.
The team bus arrived in the city around 5.30pm at the Castle Gates. Then an Open top bus took the players, management and their families through the streets of Kilkenny, over John’s Bridge and on to Nowlan Park.
Other speakers at the event were team captain Eoin Larkin, County Board Chairman Paul Kinsella and County Board Secretary Ned Quinn, while tributes were paid by Mayor of Kilkenny Sean O’Hargain and Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Maree Fitzpatrick.
See this week’s Kilkenny People for further coverage.