September 24, 2012
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A huge crowd is expected at the Diamond in Donegal Town tonight for what promises to be one of the greatest nights in Donegal’s history.

Fans from across the county and many home from the four corners of the globe will welcome home Jim McGuinness and his victorious team.

The team are expected at the Diamond around 8pm but many say this could be much later.

A great line-up of entertainment is planned including Daniel O’Donnell, Margo, Rory Gallagher of ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches fame and much more.

Members of the winning team will also be interviewed as part of the celebrations.

The team are gathering in Dublin after last night’s glamorous banquet function at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.

The team will leave later today and come back home to Donegal via Pettigo.

Gardai have revealed that the Diamond area and surrounding streets will be closed to traffic from around 4pm onwards to prepare for the huge crowds expected on the streets.

The homecoming to the Diamond is being organised by the local Four Masters club who are co-ordinating parking.

People are being advised that they will have to park outside the town and there will be shuttle buses into the town.




    1. I agree. Would have loved to take my boys ( who are both big into their football and hurling.) down to welcome the team home, but they have to be up tomorrow morning at 7 to catch the school bus so its a no no. Still I hope everybody in Donegal Town has a great night and look forward to seeing Sam when he comes to Letterkenny.

  1. Yeah, that’s what I thought too! I’d considered taking the wee girl but it’s a long run to Donegal town for her. I was hoping that the Letterkenny camp would win the toss this time – it’s a fairer journey for most people in Donegal.

  2. Well Done lads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Inishowen giving out as usual

  3. Any idea on parking arragements/traffic control for getting in and out to the event.
    I dont want to have to make the children walk for hours in the rain.

  4. I have lived in California for more than 30 years after emmigrating from Bundoran, via England. There is a pub in Laguna Niguel called Patsy’s Irish Pub where proudly displayed on the wall is a picture of the Donegal team with Brian Mc Eniff, my childhood best friend, raising aloft the trophy!
    Nobody there, encluding the owner, knows why that picture is displayed but it brings back many fond memories every time I raise my pint in silent toast!
    Congratulations to the new band of heroes who currently achieved their tremendous victory! Let them know that their journey to success is not confined to the mother country!

  5. The team has just arrived in the Kilmore, Cavan. They will then proceed to Newtownbutler in Fermanagh and then travel through Fermanagh to Donegal. Anyone know where they will travel to in Fermanagh after leaving Newtownbutler?

  6. Congratulations to the whole of County Donegal on the All-Ireland. Through the kindness of Stephen Friel, I had the honor of meeting and visiting with James McGuinness, and found him to be the quintessence of a gentleman as well as a football genius! Irish Americans are proud as well, and wish you over there all the best. Years ago, I was friends with Teddy Webb (of Mayo), and since then, with Manager Friel’s help, have tried to follow a bit of the real football as they play it in Donegal – and as you have proven — no county does it better! Congrats to all, Best, Sagart Padraig Mannion (Theology Division Chair, Walsh University, North Canton, OH.).

  7. Listened to the game here in Brazil-I was travelling back here in ´92 when Donegal won for the first time.Let´s shout for Antrim,Leitrim and other counties that they get a crack at Sam someday!!

  8. Hope this is an omen of great things for Donegal,so proud to be a donegal man tonight,Enda was a bit miffed looking when they won,who cares They deserved to win and commiserations to Mayo who did very well,just wasent to be,but they will get there chance again im sure,Donegal waited 20 years,but was worth the wait,amazing.

  9. Great night for Donegal,but also a little sad when you think a young player from Ardara lost his life in Australia a few months ago, also called maguire say a little prayer for him and his family on this great night for sam, Thomas would have been cheering them on.

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