The people of Waterford are being urged to come out and give the Senior Hurlers’ a homecoming to remember later.
The Deise men may not be bringing the Liam MacCarthy with them, but they’ve brought a lift and a pride to the county throughout a tremendous campaign.
Derek McGrath, the players and management team will arrive on an open top bus over the bridge into Waterford City at around 6 o’clock.
They will travel down the quay, to a special viewing area being erected by the crane close to the GPO, for a civic ceremony hosted by Mayor of Waterford Pat Nugent.
Access to the viewing area will be open to the public from 4.30pm onwards.
The Quays will be closed from 2pm this afternoon. People are asked to move any cars from quay car parks before that point.
All other car parks in the city will be free from 4pm.
Metropolitan City Mayor Sean Reinhardt expects a big crowd to turn out to welcome the team and staff.
“The people of Waterford won’t let this team down because this team didn’t do anything to let Waterford down. It’s very important that we all get out, each and everyone of us, as many as we can to get into Waterford city and welcome them home. We need to give something to them because they have given us so much also,” the Mayor told WLR FM.
The players reached only the county’s second All-Ireland final since 1963 but were unable to overcome the Tribesmen, who ran out 0-26 to 2-17 victors.