A Heroes Welcome Home

There was a warm welcome home for Ireland’sParalympics team at Dublin Airport yesterday as they brought back a haul of seven medals from the World Para Athletics Championships.

Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop repeated their double gold medal haul from the same venue of the Olympic Stadium from five years ago and the level of consistency and achievement they have achieved over their careers makes them among Ireland’s most successful sporting competitors of all time.

Noelle Lenihan, Orla Barry and Niamh McCarthy, who gives an especially warm interview in the RTÉ News video below added three silver medals to the Irish total and that left Ireland 14th on the overall medal table but a highly creditable fifth among European teams.

Only Britain and Germany won more Gold medals than the Irish team.

“This team have been progressing amazingly well since London 2012. We were successful in Doha 2015 and Rio 2016 but to come away from this World Championships with 7 medals from 10 athletes is truly World Class,” said Paralympics Ireland team Manager James Nolan.

“The athletes surpassed all targets set. Taking into account, population, team size and medals won we are one of the strongest Nations in the World of Paralympic Athletics.”

“With the European Championships next year in Berlin, if this team can reproduce the level of performance seen here in London this week, they will be a dominant force in 2018.”

Ireland will host the 2017 European Para Swimming Championships adding to our place at the very highest level of Para sport.

Irish team supporter Allianz was a main partner of the London Games.

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