Judging by the excitement of many Galway fans as the Liam MacCarthy cup crossed the Shannon earlier today, we suspected that the eventual arrival in Galway itself would kick off something spectacular.
Arrving in Ballinasloe initially, the response was understandably something to behold.
Love this Ballinasloe woman giving it welly to Black Betty :))) #galway #hurlers #homecoming pic.twitter.com/7WLrxAkbEe
— nicola anderson (@tokonic) September 4, 2017
@rtenews I took some drone footage of galway in ballinasloe today if ye're interested pic.twitter.com/L8T43vNfXG
— Mr_jackelly (@mrjackelly) September 4, 2017
From Ballinasloe to Pearse Stadium, the awaiting crowds there were equally excited to celebrate Galway's first hurling triumph since 1988.
Pearse stadium right now. Galway aren't back.....yet. pic.twitter.com/igon7uDwYq
— Paul Collins (@paulcollinstipp) September 4, 2017
The Galway hurlers arrive in Pearse Stadium #gaillimhabu pic.twitter.com/fBKJr9xkLP
— Enda Cunningham (@endacunningham) September 4, 2017
The homecoming! #Galway pic.twitter.com/mcRsuC1YHU
— An Pucan (@anpucangalway) September 4, 2017
I'm not good at judging crowds but there must be at least a million people here in Pearse Stadium #GaillimhAbú #Homecoming pic.twitter.com/en1smhnJie
— Damien Comer (@DamoComer) September 4, 2017
No doubt this will only mark the very beginning of what will surely be a memorable few days of celebration in the West.