Wexford engulfed in sea of purple and gold
It seemed the whole of Wexford turned into a seething mass of purple and gold on Sunday as we prepared for what was to be a historic day for GAA in the county.
Fifteen years on from our last Leinster title and the excitement was palpable as everyone believed that our boys had a very real chance of taking the Bob O'Keeffe trophy back to the model county.
Those lucky enough to be heading to Dublin for the game gathered at O'Hanrahan station filled with excitement and ready to take on Croke Park. This excitement ratcheted up a notch as the team themselves arrived on the platform. All smiles, there was no doubt, however, that they were focused on the task at hand.
On home soil there were plenty of discussions about TJ Reid and the Croke Park effect and things were at a fever pitch when the sliotar was thrown in. A frantic game followed with few fingernails left in tact. When Mark Fanning coolly slotted his penalty past Eoin Murphy, the whole county erupted, just as they did at the final whistle as O'Hanlon and Chin finally lifted the cup, ending a long wait.
For the players, it was back on the train to Arklow, before hopping on a bus to make their way through the model county. The whole way along, fans lined the road and gave the players a rapturous reception as they passed through Gorey, Camolin, Enniscorthy and Oylegate. As they arrived in Wexford, it was time to celebrate and kisses and hugs were flying as they filed into The Crown Bar. Manager Davy Fitzgerald was absolutely mobbed by an appreciative Wexford crowd and thanked everyone for their support as he posed for photos and chatted with the fans. Typically modest, man of the match Rory O'Connor must've shook every hand in the pub as he stood to the side taking it all in. And there was plenty to take in! There were to be further celebrations at Wexford Park yesterday (Monday) evening as Wexford's trio of Leinster winners (Seniors, Minors and Lady Footballers) were honoured after what was an unforgettable weekend for Wexford GAA.