Tens of thousands to welcome home Cork's winning footballers

Tens of thousands to welcome home Cork's winning footballers

Tens of thousands of fans are set to turn out in Cork city this evening for the return of their victorious football team.

Conor Counihan's squad came from behind to snatch a one-point (0-16 to 0-15) win from Down in Croke Park yesterday.

It is the Rebels' first All Ireland final win since 1990, and they are set to celebrate in style tonight.

Cork City Lord Mayor Councillor Mick O'Connell said the city was expecting a massive turnout for "this marvellous family occasion".

A purpose-built stage will be erected and the proceedings will be relayed to giant screens on Parnell Place and the South Mall in the city centre.

A line-up of entertainment is in place in advance of the arrival of both teams. From 6.30pm onwards, there will be a festival atmosphere as rapper GMC and Red FM DJs prepare the crowd. Michelle Fitzgerald will then sing until the anticipated arrival of the teams at 7.30pm.

Cork’s own Billa O’ Connell will act as Master of Ceremonies and the evening will end with a rousing rendition of “The Banks“ from Seán Ó Sé.

Traffic restrictions will be in place from mid afternoon onwards.

More in this Section

Albon posts fastest time before crashing during opening practice in BrazilAlbon posts fastest time before crashing during opening practice in Brazil

Gatland once suspected Wales player of drug useGatland once suspected Wales player of drug use

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke banned from driving for speedingCrystal Palace striker Christian Benteke banned from driving for speeding

Williams ruled out of clash against DenmarkWilliams ruled out of clash against Denmark


Lifestyle

The founders of Rixo are on a mission to make the brand more affordable and more wearable, writes Vickie Maye.The dynamic duo behind Rixo aiming to make the brand more affordable and wearable

Want to get away to the sun this Christmas? Ciara McDonnell has all the last-minute deals.Last-minute sunshine getaways for Christmas

A new initiative honours teachers who have inspired their pupils, says Rowena Walsh.Why inspirational teachers stay with you for life

IT’S that time of year again as artists, canvases in tow, start to crisscross county borders across Munster and beyond.Art events to put Christmas gift-hunting in the frame

More From The Irish Examiner