All-Ireland champions Beaufort and Kilcummin have returned home to a hero’s welcome.
Players and management of both clubs came back to the County yesterday following their respective Junior and Intermediate victories in Croke Park on Saturday.
A crowd of roughly 500 people turned out last night to welcome Kilcummin home. The team received a Garda escort into the village about 7.30 after having been greeted by bonfires on route, most notably at Lawlors Cross on the Tralee Road where the team bus stopped to greet supporters along the way.
The team then disembarked their bus when they reached the centre of the village and were led by lone piper Declan Buckley from Gneeveguilla of the Cullen Pipe Band on foot towards the GAA club’s grounds where they greeted the crowd that had gathered from a lorry truck where there were a number of speeches MC’d by Club PRO Michael O’Riordan.
Team captain Brendan Kealy praised the work that was done off the pitch as much as on it in Kilcummin’s success as East Kerry Board Chairman Jonny Brosnan and Kilcummin resident and County Board Treasurer Tom Keane also spoke in congratulating them on their win.
Club Chairman Eugene McSweeney spoke of how the team had been described as warriors by their physio John Herlihy in the build-up, praised Club Secretary Ciara O’Leary for her tireless work and hoped that it could be the start of something special for the club.
Team manager Willie Maher was last to speak thanking his selectors and the players for their dedication throughout a long campaign as he said the celebrations were richly deserved after the effort put in by all concerned.