THEY may have been 48 hours later than planned.
But the people of Glenswilly GAA club came out in their droves when the Sam Maguire cup finally arrived late last night.
Team captain Michael Murphy joined Neil Gallagher and Gary McFadden in returning to their home club.
And what a reception they got with more than 2,000 people turning up at the club to welcome home their heroes.
Michael Murphy thanked his parents Mick and Mary, his team-mates and the people of Glenswilly for helping fulfill the dream of a lifetime.
Neil Gallagher and Gary McFadden also made emotional tributes to their fellow county players, club players, families and people of Glenswilly.
Manager Jim McGuinness told the players that after four days that “the bus trip is over.”
He paid a special tribute to the Glenswilly trio for being honest and hard-working and then paid tribute to all his players.
He said two years ago the Donegal team had a reputation, rightly or wrongly, for other things.
But he said he had never met a more honest and hard-working bunch of players than the current squad.
He also paid tribute to the Glenswilly club and said he hoped that it brought a new cycle of county players through its ranks in years to come.
It’s the end of Sam’s World Tour of Donegal…for now at least.
Next stop. The RTE studios in Dublin for the Late Late Show as Jim and the boys step once again into enemy territory for a few hours.
Just make sure Sam’s back first thing Saturday morning for the St Eunan’s World Record Attempt.
Rory Kavanagh, Kevin Rafferty and Frank Mc Glynn will be in O’Donnell Park as thousands of children and adults from all over the county attempt to set a new World Record for the most people taking part in a GAA training session at the same time.
More details on a new story in the morning.
PS Brick’s heading for the Pulse, or so he says!