It’s becoming as well-worn as the original statement, but for Limerick, 45 years of pain have come to an end.
In defeating defending champions Galway in the All Ireland final yesterday, Limerick claimed the Liam MacCarthy Cup at Croke Park.
The thoroughly deserved celebrations presumably went long into the night, but they are far from over. After the yearly visits to children’s hospitals in the capital, John Kiely and his side set off for home.
The train of champions made its way to Limerick, with anticipation building ahead of the reception they would receive.
Limerick players in jubilant mood as they head home with Liam MacCarthy Cup pic.twitter.com/c6fQGMJosd
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) August 20, 2018
Once they got off at Colbert Station, they were warmly greeted, and once on the open-top bus, the crowds made their support clear.
— Limerick.ie (@Limerick_ie) August 20, 2018
WATCH: Cheering crowds welcome Limerick's All-Ireland winning senior hurling side home on the city's O'Connell Street on route to the Gaelic Grounds for formal homecoming #LIMVGAL @Limerick_Leader #limerickgaa pic.twitter.com/nT5kNiFjTs
— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) August 20, 2018
The champions are home pic.twitter.com/Zh4mbwAtrx
— Limerick GAA (@LimerickCLG) August 20, 2018
— Fintan Walsh (@FintanYTWalsh) August 20, 2018
Crowds, which in all are said to total over 120,000 people, regaled the team with ‘Limerick You’re a Lady’ as the bus made its way through the city.
— Limerick Council (@LimerickCouncil) August 20, 2018
The team are en route to the Gaelic Grounds, where the homecoming ceremony will take place.