Tipperary Hurlers Homecoming
As every true Irish man and woman in the world today is aware, Kilkenny Senior Hurlers were out-gunned in Croke Park, Dublin, yesterday afternoon, and despite Kilkenny’s Kevin Kelly netting an early goal in the second half, Tipperary stepped up displaying a hurling master-class to ensure that the Liam MacCarthy Cup would head back for the 27th time to the Premier County tonight.
So also news has similarly spread regarding our Minor Hurlers, latter having won their 20th All-Ireland title, with a seven-point win over Limerick.
Up to 30,000 Tipperary supporters, young and old, from all over Tipperary and further afield are expected to converge on Thurles town tonight (5th September 2016), to welcome home and congratulate both the successful Tipperary Minor and Senior All Ireland hurling team winners.
‘Semple’s Field’ (Semple Stadium, Thurles) will be fully open, allowing access from both ends from 5.00pm, and both victorious teams are expected to arrive in their respective buses at that venue between 7.00pm and 7.30pm.
Following the customary well deserved congratulatory speeches, it is hoped that as many people as possible will get a chance to meet and greet the individual players.
Back across the border, supporters of Tipperary’s old rivals Kilkenny will gather also this evening at Nowlan Park, where fans will get their chance to welcome home their ‘Black and Amber’ heroes.
Both teams however will be keeping in mind that preparations for the 2017 hurling challenge will get under-way today, but for the moment Tipperary Minor and Senior hurlers are the undisputed 2016 All Ireland Champions.