Wednesday 7 December 2016

Paralympians arrive home with medals haul

Published 22/09/2016 | 02:30

Ellen Keane, from Clontarf, is kissed by her mum Laura and dad Eddie. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ellen Keane, from Clontarf, is kissed by her mum Laura and dad Eddie. Photo: Damien Eagers

Ireland's Paralympian heroes received a jubilant welcome when they returned home with their haul of 11 medals.

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In a repeat of "wonderful Wednesday" when they won two gold medals, one silver and a bronze in a single day last week, they were given a hero's welcome at Dublin airport yesterday.

Family, friends, children and other loved ones cried tears of joy as athletes emerged at the arrivals hall with their medals proudly dangling from their necks.

Among them was sprinter Jason Smyth (29), from Derry, who retained his title as the "fastest Paralympian on the planet" after scooping yet another gold medal in the T13 100m sprint - his fith gold in total.

He described his career as "an incredible journey".

Jason Smyth, with his daughter, Evie (10 months) and wife Elise. Photo: Damien Eagers
Jason Smyth, with his daughter, Evie (10 months) and wife Elise. Photo: Damien Eagers

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