By Teresa Mannion

Thousands of Galway camogie fans are expected to turn out to welcome home their newly crowned All Ireland champions later this evening.

Cathal Murray's charges beat Kilkenny 3-14 to 0-17 in Croke Park yesterday to win camogie's grandest prize for the third time.

They carried the O'Duffy Cup across the River Shannon at Athlone shortly before 5pm this evening.

The Galway team carry the O'Duffy Cup across the Shannon and into Connacht

Large crowds and bonfires are expected to greet the team when they travel to Mullagh in east Galway, the home club of Galway Captain, Sarah Dervan. They will later attend a celebratory reception in Loughrea tonight.

Earlier today, the team visited Our Lady's Hospital for sick children in Crumlin.

Supporters of the Galway camogie team gather to meet the players in Athlone

The women of the west and their massive support base will likely be awake into the small hours and beyond as they celebrate the return of the O'Duffy Cup and take it back to their local clubs in the coming days.