On Sunday, Galway claimed their first All-Ireland hurling title since 1988 after beating Waterford in a thrilling encounter at Croke Park.
Although it was the Galway players and management that attained the win, everyone from the City of the Tribes was out in support of the team.
The annual homecoming provides a terrific insight into what it means to the locals who support their team through thick and thin, but considering the wait since Galway last won an All-Ireland, it meant that this victory was extra special to many.
In Ballinasloe, the Galway manager Micheál Donoghue was speaking to RTÉ News and he summed the GAA up in a short, but beautiful few words:
“It’s what everything’s about, isn’t it?
“Look, it’s an unbelievable feeling just bringing it back to Galway.
“Family is everything and on these days you just want to experience them with your family. When they are not with you in Croke Park yesterday it’s just brilliant to bring it back to Ballinasloe and now Galway later on.”
The pictures and videos of a joyous Donoghue along with his family and the Liam MacCarthy Cup are memories to savour, and they can be viewed at the 1.16 mark of this video below:
The homecoming at Pearse Stadium is due at 7.15 pm and certainly the celebrations will last long into the night.
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena