The Day They Came Home With The Cup – A Galway Bay FM Special Feature

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Galway team celebrates after the game with the O’Duffy Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Sunday the 8th of September 2019 will be a day that will live long in the memories of those fortunate to be there.

The Galway Intermediate Team Before Sundays All-Ireland Final with Westmeath

Galway’s Intermediate and Senior camogie teams featured on All-Ireland Final day with conflicting results. Unfortunately, the Intermediates were beaten by Westmeath but the Seniors produced an stunning hour and a bit of camogie to win the Liberity Insuracne All-Ireland Senior title beating Kilkenny by 3-14 to 0-17 at Croke Park.

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin . The Galway team Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Let’s relive those magical moments again when Galway found the net three times. Match commentator Tommy Devane

And the moment that the O’Duffy Cup would be destined to be in Galway hands for only the third time, described by match commentator Tommy Devane

Galway Captain Sarah Dervan with the O’Duffy Cup following the presentation by President of the Camogie Association Kathleen Woods. Photo: Inpho

And so, the celebrations began and thoughts turned to the return home. Plans were put in place and speaking on the Keith Finnegan show, Tommy Devane was joined by Imelda Hobbins and Ann Kearney in the Bonnington Hotel.

The Cup Outside The Bonnington Hotel, Dublin

So, the preparations began and it was on to Crumlin Childrens Hospital for the traditional visit with the cup by the All-Ireland Champions. Tommy then gave John Mulligan an update on what was happening…

The Galway Team At Crumlin CH With Members Of An Garda Siochana – Spot The Galway Guards!

1pm came and there was a slight delay in leaving Dublin as Tommy explained to John…

Soon it was time to leave Dublin and head to Kinnegad…

The next stop on the journey was the Plaza in Kinnegad where Pat and Una McDonagh of Supermacs, sponsors of the teams, were there to greet them…Tommy first updated from the toll en route

And then from the Plaza itself as the team arrived in Kinnegad. Tommy Devane reported as they were about to leave and head to Athlone…

The All Ireland Camogie Champions Galway stopped off at the The Kinnegad Plaza, owned by sponsors Pat and Una McDonagh, on their way back to Galway this afternoon and were presented with some Papa John’s Pizza by the Supermac’s area manager, Alex Mozumder. Photo: Ger Duffy

Then came the moment that all Galway Camogie Fans have been waiting for since 2013. The crossing of the Shannon at the Old Bridge. Tommy Devane describes the moment…

The Moment The Galway Team Crossed The Shannon

Tommy was also joined by Dessie O’Brien as they enjoyed the moment in Athlone and Dessie had an update on the arrival in Mullagh.

And the people of Galway were told to get ready as they recieved another update as to when the team were leaving Athlone and where they were headed next…

Next was supposed to be Cappataggle Cross but the incredible crowd at Aughrim meant an unscheduled stop for the team. But it was certainly worth it…

The Scenes At Aughrim As The Galway Team Arrived

The celebrations were now certainly in full swing and the cavalcade neared Cappataggle, home club of Vice Captain Catriona Cormican, It was so good we had to go there twice! This report is as they were approaching Cappataggle Cross…

And then, when they arrived in Cappataggle where Tommy was joined by Catriona Cormican and by the chairman of Cappataggle Camogie Club Des Kilcreest.

The Celebrations Begin in Cappataggle

There were two stops left on their journey home and an incredible crowd had gathered in Mullagh to welcome home their captain Sarah Dervan.

Sean Walsh, Ollie Turner and Tommy Devane describe an amazing evening for Galway Camogie with John Mulligan back in studio.

The Crowd In Mullagh As The Teams Arrived At The Pitch

There was still one more stop and another outstanding crowd gathered in the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa as the journey home came to a close.

The Reception Received By The Team As They Arrived In Loughrea.

Galway Bay FM Sport would like to thank everyone associated with yesterdays coverage and to the teams and management themselves on their hospitality throughout the build-up and yesterdays homecoming.

Photos courtesy of Marie Devane, Tommy Devane, Dessie O’Brien and Inpho.

Radio Coverage: Tommy Devane, Sean Walsh, Imelda Hobbins, Sharon Glynn, Ollie Turner, John Mulligan and Donal O’Sullivan with thanks to Keith Finnegan, Ronan Lardiner, Alan Murphy and Donal Mahon for letting us interrupt their shows.

Galway vs Kilkenny Galway team celebrates after the game with the O’Duffy Cup. Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane