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Thousands Expected To Welcome Dublin’s Football Heroes At Tonight’s Homecoming

Thousands of eager fans are expecting to flock to the city centre this evening to celebrate Dublin’s All-Ireland win against Kerry. A special homecoming event is taking place on O’Connoll Street at 7.15pm tonight to pay tribute to the team behind the county’s 25th All-Ireland victory, with several streets being closed to accommodate the event.…

Thousands of eager fans are expecting to flock to the city centre this evening to celebrate Dublin’s All-Ireland win against Kerry.

A special homecoming event is taking place on O’Connoll Street at 7.15pm tonight to pay tribute to the team behind the county’s 25th All-Ireland victory, with several streets being closed to accommodate the event.

A stage will be set up south of the Spire and those looking to party with the team will be able to gain access from Lower O’Connoll Street (at O’Connell Bridge), from Middle Abbey Street and from Lower Abbey Street. All other routes will be closed off from 6pm and motorists have been warned that traffic restrictions will be in place. homecoming2109.aspx Previous homecomings in 2011 and 2013 attracted upwards of 35,000 people and sports fans are being encouraged to turn out in force to meet their All-Ireland heroes. “From about six o’clock, we’re hoping that people will start coming into town, the homecoming event will be in O’Connell Street down at the Spire and the entrances are via O’Connell Street from O’Connell Bridge, Middle Abbey Street and Lower Abbey Street,” said Dublin Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh. “We’re asking people to come early and come prepared for the weather and hopefully it is a family friendly, alcohol free event. I really hope everybody will enjoy themselves but I also encourage all Dubs to come and show their support and appreciation to the Dublin team for the great win yesterday.”

There’ll be no rest for the Dublin team, whose celebrations were still going strong this morning as they paid a visit to the Boar’s Head on Capel Street… with one very special addition to the team, Mr Sam Maguire.

The party was put on hold this afternoon though, as the team had a very special duty to carry out.

The team visited both Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Crumlin Children’s Hospital to visit some of their younger fans and introduce them to their latest piece of silverware.

The team, led by captain Stephen Cluxton, overcame inclement weather conditions to steal a 0-12 to 0-9 victory over Kerry at Croke Park yesterday.

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