Ireland's Olympic sailing heroine Annalise Murphy declared her delight at the "huge honour" of being selected as the Grand Marshal of Dublin's St Patrick's Day parade next week.
"It's such a huge honour. I'm really looking forward to it. I've spent so many Patrick's Days away competing or training, so it's going to be brilliant to be at home in Dublin," the silver medal winner said.
The 26-year-old from Rathfarnham, who ruled the waves in Rio last summer, said: "The parade is always a great day and I'm really looking forward to being part of it."
Susan Kirby, chief executive of the Saint Patrick's Festival, said Annalise was a wonderful ambassador for Ireland.
The festival will run from March 16 to 19.
A pensioner who has dressed up as Dracula for the past 48 years in the St Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin has spoken of his heartbreak at not being allowed to walk in this year's parade.