TYRONE received a hero’s welcome at a rather informal homecoming at Healy Park this evening, 24 hours after All-Ireland final disappointment at the hands of Dublin.
With Ronan O’Neill and Declan McClure dancing a merry jig on stage – not to mention the antics of a certain Ronan McNamee – it appeared that the Tyrone players weren’t unduly crestfallen by defeat to Dublin.
And positivity was the name of the game in the various speeches, with Mickey Harte, Mattie Donnelly and Tyrone chairman Mickey Kerr all insisting that Tyrone have what it takes to bring home the Sam Maguire in the none-too-distant future.
Harte said: “There are a lot of special young men here who want to have that trophy in the future. There’s’s no guarantee on anything in life but if I’d put my money on anyone to do this in the near future, I’d put it on us.
“I’ve been fortunate to enjoy banquets where the cup was there and people were happy, but despite the defeat people were very upbeat, positive and good to be around.
“They have given us all the support in the world and that means an awful lot. Tthank you for being here tonight becuase that means you’re endorsing what we’re about.”