Carlow confirmed their place in the 2019 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship this afternoon as they overcame Westmeath in the the inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup final.
The curtain-raiser for today's Leinster final between Kilkenny and Galway, Carlow won in the end with a 2-26 to 1-24 scoreline.
In a stellar year for Carlow GAA, in which the footballers gained promotion from Division 4 of the National Football League, the hurlers have now made their mark on the hurling championship.
Exciting fans (both Carlow, or otherwise) throughout the course of this championship year, people were quick to celebrate the latest success in their landmark year.
Glory, glory days🏆
What a team & what a performance on the biggest day.
Rising up the Hogan steps and rising up to @gaaleinster Championship Hurling we go in 2019 📶!!!!!!!
A County so proud of these lads. ❤️💛💚
#CarlowRising 🇬🇳 @itcarlow 🇬🇳 pic.twitter.com/xrWCpExynU
— Carlow GAA (@Carlow_GAA) July 1, 2018
Couldn’t be more prouder of @Carlow_GAA hurlers on such a fantastic win!!!! Unfortunately it wasn’t our day but glad to see some silverware back in Carlow tonight 🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳
— Róisín Byrne (@RoisinByrne4) July 1, 2018
— Naomh Bríd Hurling (@NaomhbridHC) July 1, 2018
Unreal year for Carlow hurlers so far. Sounded like a very strong performance. And I'll be back for Saturday's game 🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳👍👍👍👍
— Dave O'Neill Music (@daveoneillmusic) July 1, 2018
Huge win for Carlow hurlers but strange to hear a captain’s winning speech acknowledging Joe McDonagh as a ‘Gael’ without a single focal Gaeilge... #CLG GaillimhAbú
— CianoGalwayGAA (@CianoGaa) July 1, 2018
Congratulations to @Carlow_GAA who are the inaugural winners of the Joe McDonagh Cup here in Croker! Wonderful occasion.
— Laura T (@nursieLT) July 1, 2018
Well done lads! Brilliant performance 🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳 #CarlowRising
— Jason Canavan (@FigoCanavan91) July 1, 2018
Carlow's immediate prize is a game next weekend against Limerick; the third-placed team in the Munster provincial championship.
Taking place in Netwach Dr. Cullen Park, the full details are set to be confirmed in the morning.