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Mayo return home to Castlebar as Minor success is heralded by James Horan

Updated: Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 10:35 | Comments

Mayo had mixed fortunes in Croke Park yesterday
Mayo had mixed fortunes in Croke Park yesterday

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Mayo's victorious All Ireland Minor footballers and their defeated senior counterparts have arrived back in Castlebar.

The teams travelled to McHale Park upon their arrival in the town and are now being presented to supporters who have gathered to welcome them home.

Mayo captain Andy Moran thanked fans and said the team would be around for the next five to seven years.

Moran said he felt the county was closer than it had ever been to winning an All-Ireland and the players would endeavour to return with the title in a year's time.

Manager James Horan said the future was very bright for Mayo football and he said the county could be very proud of the Minor success yesterday.

He added it was important that people realised the work players had put in over the last few months to represent their county as best they possibly could.

He also praised the enormous support structure that assisted that effort.

Minister of State with responsibility for Sport, Michael Ring, appealed to the squad to "go at it for another year" and bring the title back to the county in 2014.

The Chairman of Mayo County Council, John O'Malley, concluded his remarks to the crowd by telling them that "America got Bin Laden, Mayo will get Sam Maguire".

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