All-Ireland champions Donegal are on the way home with the Sam Maguire Cup with captain Michael Murphy looking forward to the reception the team will receive this evening.

Jim McGuinness’ team were four point winners against Mayo in yesterday’s final in Croke Park.

It has been 20 years since Donegal brought the trophy back to the county. 

The full-time whistle was greeted with scenes of joy by Donegal supporters and thousands are expected to attend the homecoming at 8pm in Donegal Town.

Prior to their departure from the capital, members of the Donegal panel brought the cup to the National Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

Murphy said: "To cross the border into Donegal town will be lovely. A homecoming in front of our own people is going to be very, very nice."

Martin McElhinney added: "It is surreal to be honest. Waking up All-Ireland champions is something you dream of from a very early age when you start playing football.

"Being All-Ireland champions now after all the hard work we put in is just brilliant."