As it happened: Check out the sights and sounds of Limerick's historic homecoming

Latest: The All-Ireland hurling champions are at the Gaelic Grounds rounding off a night of celebration in the city.

Limerick's victorious hurling team is receiving a hero's homecoming in front of a crowd in excess of 40,000.

Thousands more turned out as the team made their way through the Treaty City on an open-top bus.

All-Ireland winning captain Declan Hannon arrives home with the Liam McCarthy Cup. Photo: Don Moloney
All-Ireland winning captain Declan Hannon arrives home with the Liam McCarthy Cup. Photo: Don Moloney

Gardaí estimate that between 80,000 and 90,000 people turned out on the streets to celebrate the Limerick senior hurling champions.

The 2018 Limerick squad are the first side to bring the Liam McCarthy Cup back to the Treaty County in 45 years.

Update 7.25pm: The thousands gathered at Limerick's Gaelic Grounds have been singing some of the county's best-loved songs while waiting for the All-Ireland winners to arrive for their homecoming celebration.

The Limerick Hurling team make their way over Sarsfield Bridge and the river Shannon en route to the homecoming celebrations at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Eamon Ward
The Limerick Hurling team make their way over Sarsfield Bridge and the river Shannon en route to the homecoming celebrations at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Eamon Ward

There were emotional scenes as the late Dolores O'Riordan was remembered, with the crowd singing both 'Linger' and 'Zombie'.

They also enjoyed a rousing rendition of 'Sean South'

The team is due on stage shortly.

Update 6.10pm: Crowds serenaded the Limerick team with a rendition of 'Limerick You're A Lady' at this evening's homecoming.

Meanwhile, crowds enjoy music as they wait for the team to make their way to the Gaelic Grounds.

In excess of 40,000 are expected to welcome Liam McCarthy back to the Treaty County for the first time since 1973.

The team is en-route in an open-top bus which will travel through the city.

Update 5.50pm: The victorious Limerick team has arrived at Colbert Station with the Liam McCarthy Cup.

On their journey home, they told RTÉ they were "delighted" by their All-Ireland Hurling Final win yesterday.

Update 5.20pm: The gates have opened at the Gaelic Grounds ahead of a homecoming that has been 45-years in the making.

The newly-crowned All Ireland hurling champions Limerick are set to show off the Liam McCarthy cup in front of a crowd that's expected to exceed 40-thousand.

Their one-point win over Galway yesterday secured a first All Ireland title since 1973.

The victorious team are expected back in the city's Colbert Station at 5.40pm.

Follow us here for updates and imagery throughout the evening.

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