Up to 90,000 people turned out in Limerick on Monday evening for the homecoming celebrations of the county's senior hurling team after their first All-Ireland win in 45 years.

The team received a massive reception with tens of thousands lining the streets and at the Gaelic Grounds where the official homecoming ceremony took place.

The players, family and backroom staff arrived at Colbert Station earlier this evening where a huge crowd waited to greet them.

They then made their way by open-top bus to the Gaelic Grounds, where thousands more gathered to celebrate the long-awaited success.

The players brought great joy to the county yesterday as they defeated defending champions Galway 3-16 to 2-18 at Croke Park to win the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time since 1973.

Before the players arrived at the Gaelic Grounds, entertainment was provided by award-winning Irish group Beoga, The Blizzards and DJ Mark McCabe, of Maniac 2000 fame.

The squad had spent the morning in Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children's Hospital, where they visited sick children, showing off the trophy and posing for photographs.

Elsewhere, almost 5,000 people turned out at Pearse Stadium in Galway to welcome home the defeated All-Ireland finalists, as well as the county's minor hurling team that won their All-Ireland final against Kilkenny.

Galway senior hurling captain David Burke told the crowd that despite their defeat at the hands of Limerick, the team would be back stronger than ever in 2019.

He said it had been a brilliant year for the fans and he thanked them for travelling in their thousands to Thurles, Tullamore, Wexford, Croke Park and elsewhere.

He said the victory for the minor teams in 2017 and 2018 proved that the future was bright for Galway hurling.

Earlier, more than 2,000 fans turned out in Ballinasloe to welcome the team at a civic reception organised by Galway County Council.

Reporting by Damien Tiernan, Sharon Tobin and Ciaran Mullooly