IT may not have been that elusive gold, but boxer Jason Quigley saw the silver lining after his incredible performance at the Amateur Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan.
Quigley and Joe Ward were given a heroes' welcome by family and friends at Dublin Airport as they returned home with the spoils of their respective victories at the AIBA World dangling round their necks.
Jason Quigley's silver medal came after an unbeaten streak in which the middleweight, from Ballybofey, Co Donegal, racked up 32 straight victories.
He then ultimately lost the gold medal to Kazakhstan fighter Zhanibek Alimkhanuly on Saturday.
And while the 22-year-old has spoken of his disappointment in not coming home with gold, he said he was delighted to have made history as the first Irish boxer to win a silver medal at the European championships.
"It was hard to take at the time, getting a silver medal," he said as his mother, Muriel, (40), and sisters, Molly (5) and Jade (14), smothered him in hugs and kisses at the arrivals hall at Terminal One yesterday.
"But whenever you come back to your family and supporters like this, it makes it all worthwhile," he said of supporters from his home club Finn Valley, who welcome him home along with his father, Conor, his coach.
Meanwhile, lightweight boxer Joe Ward said he was also happy to be sporting a bronze medal for Ireland after he was defeated by Cuban world champion Julio Peraza in the semi-finals on Friday.
The lightweight from Moate, Co Westmeath, said the significance of winning a medal for Ireland didn't really hit him until he saw all of the wellwishers greet him at the airport yesterday.
"This is phenomenal and it's a great achievement for myself, 19 years old, to come back with a bronze medal from the world championships. I'm really happy with myself," he told the Irish Independent.