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Heroes' welcome for St Michael's Enniskillen after first Hogan Cup win

St Michael's captain Brandon Horan and his dad Kevin celebrate with the Hogan Cup at the team's homecoming in Enniskillen. Picture by Ronan McGrade

A HEROES' welcome greeted the students of St Michael's College in Enniskillen as they returned home after lifting the Hogan Cup for the first time in their history.

The team, made up entirely of players from Co Fermanagh, clinched their first All-Ireland Schools title in a narrow victory over Kildare side Naas CBS at Croke Park on Saturday.

After twice tasting disappointment in 2002 and 2012, the Fermanagh school lifted the coveted trophy for the first time with a 1-12 to 1-11 win.

Within hours, hundreds of people descended on the streets of Enniskillen to welcome the victorious St Michael's players back home.

The streets of the town were thronged with supporters as the team bus made its way into the town. There were loud cheers and applause as the team stepped off the bus fresh from their first Hogan Cup victory.

St Michael's College manager Dominic Corrigan steps off the bus with the Hogan Cup as the team arrived back in Enniskillen. Picture by Ronan McGrade

St Michael's team manager Dominic Corrigan was swamped by supporters as he held the trophy aloft, beaming with pride.

The former Fermanagh manager said it was a proud moment to bring an All-Ireland title back to the county.

"It is a fantastic victory for everybody involved and it is going to be a massive, massive tonic for Fermanagh football going forward," he said.

St Michael's captain Brandon Horan and his dad Kevin celebrate with the Hogan Cup at the team's homecoming in Enniskillen. Picture by Ronan McGrade

He added the win had come after "long hours, serious time and work put into it over the years and the fact we get our hands on it today and the players asked me to go up and receive the cup, which is a nice touch from them".

"I was happy to do it. It was very special," he said.

St Michael's College manager Dominic Corrigan steps off the bus with the Hogan Cup as the team arrive back in Enniskillen. Picture by Ronan McGrade

The streets in Enniskillen were thronged with people to welcome the St Michael's team home on Saturday evening. Picture by Ronan McGrade

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