Limerick Hurlers Homecoming 2022 – Limerick Manager John Kiely lifts the Liam McCarthy aloft to joy of the thousands of fans at the TUS Gaelic grounds as The Limerick hurlers were greeted to a huge reception at Colbert station to meet them off the train and follow them on an open top bus through the city and on stage at the TUS Gaelic Grounds. Picture: Brian Arthur.
PHOTOS Limerick made history on Sunday, July 17 by securing three All Ireland Championship titles in a row
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue
The TUS Gaelic Grounds were swarmed in green yesterday, Monday, July 18, as thousands of Limerick supporters gathered to celebrate the Limerick hurlers homecoming 2022.
There was an incredible atmosphere as the team arrived at Colbert Station in the early afternoon, with hundreds lining the streets to greet the Limerick heroes.
Fans were ecstatic as the hurlers emerged from the station holding the Liam MacCarthy Cup, sparking excitement for the homecoming party set to take place that evening.
The Limerick team boarded an open-topped bus from the station, travelling down Mallow Street, Henry Street, and the Ennis Road surrounded by fans watching from the footpaths, before eventually arriving at the TUS Gaelic Grounds.
The huge turn out at the Limerick hurlers homecoming 2022 was greeted with a stellar line-up of entertainment from local stars such as Denise Chaila MuRli and God Knows, Emma Langford and Waterford’s Moncrieff.
Under the sweltering heat in Croke Park on Sunday, July 17, Limerick made history by securing three All Ireland Championship titles in a row after an impressive start over their opponents Kilkenny.
Within four minutes of the throw-in, Gearóid Hegarty seized on a long ball and shot it at a challenging angle into the far corner of the Cat’s net, putting Limerick in a comfortable position early on.
Kilkenny were determined to fight back, and a goal from Adrian Mullane led to the teams equalising in the final quarter of the game. However, it wasn’t enough for the black-and-amber’s as Limerick managed to seal the deal with a score of 1-31 to 2-26 when the final whistle blew.
The MC for the Limerick hurlers homecoming 2022 was Liam Ahern, who kept the crowd going until the team arrived on stage just after 7pm.
Internationally renowned singer Denise Chaila – who received a signed jersey from the Limerick panel prior to her support slot for Ed Sheeran – entertained a crowd of thousands at the stadium ahead of their arrival on stage. And she was joined by Emma Langford and Moncrieff who sang the anthem ‘Dreams’ by The Cranberries.
Given the lack of a homecoming for 2020 and 2021’s Limerick victories, Limerick people enjoyed this weekend’s celebrations.
Limerick manager John Kiely said on stage, “I want to say thank everybody for coming out, on behalf of all of us involved, we really appreciate all your support right the way throughout the town. The lads work very hard and we are very fortunate to have fantastic supporters.
“Everybody who came to the matches was supportive of the group, they had patience and stayed with us and that was repaid yesterday.”
Limerick captain Declan Hannon addressed the crowd, saying, “The last few years we’ve missed homecomings, we’ve missed the green and white of Limerick. It’s fantastic and Limerick supporters are amazing. We’re having the time of our lives and I hope all our supporters are as well!”
Congratulations to the Limerick team on their historic win, from everyone at I Love Limerick!
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