The Leinster rugby team received a warm welcome on Saturday night at Dublin Airport as they returned with the European Cup. Airport passengers heading for various destinations joined with hardened Leinster supporters in cheering the team.
One Irishman hoped to convince his wife to stick around for the celebrations as she was due to arrive from Costa Rica. There was much talk regarding the outhalf Johnny Sexton and how he had come through for the team. Peter Griffin just back from Edinburgh spoke of his emotion and declared the triumph as the “the most incredible thing I have ever seen” even better than All Ireland finals and Grand Slams.
The team arrived into the Airport at 11.30am. The captain of the team Leo Cullen emerged holding the trophy aloft. He spoke of his delight to be home saying that all the hard work had been worth it.
Fans at Kiely’s Pub in Donnybrook were hopeful the team would get a chance to drop by with the trophy. Memories of the Irish football team’s return in 1990 were mentioned by some fans.
Bernard Jackman eventually arrived at Kiely’s cup in tow as champagne corks popped.