Home are the heroes!

There were scenes of wild celebration in the hurling strongholds of Co. Roscommon on Saturday evening last as the all-conquering Roscommon senior hurling team returned home in triumph, having captured the Nicky Rackard Cup in style earlier in the day at Croke Park, beating Armagh by two points. First stop was Knockcroghery where the team enjoyed a meal in the Widow Pats and from there it was on to Athleague where the bonfires blazed to welcome local hero and team captain Mervyn Connaughton and his team mates. The celebrations continued at Waldron’s Pub, another well known hurling haunt, before the team boarded the bus to Oran where Kenny’s of Rockfield was the next stop and the welcome there for the players was massive. Then it was back to Roscommon town where there was a big crowd waiting in The Square for the champions. The official party were welcomed on to the stage there by Shannonside FM commentator Willie Hegarty who introduced the players and management to the crowd. Team manager David McConn and team captain Mervyn Connaughton spoke and thanked the supporters for their efforts and told of the mighty effort put in by everyone concerned to revive the fortunes of Roscommon hurling particularly the players. On Sunday the celebrations continued in the south of the county when the players and management visited the Padraig Pearse’s clubhouse and the village of Four Roads. Bonfires blazed and stories were exchanged as the Roscommon hurling fraternity celebrated one of the greatest days – and years – in their history.