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Friends and family greet gold medal-winners Alina Síle (Hotel Management) and Ros Wynne (Aircraft Maintenance) on their return to Dublin Airport from the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Brazil. Photo: Julian Behal, Maxwells

Friends and family greet gold medal-winners Alina Síle (Hotel Management) and Ros Wynne (Aircraft Maintenance) on their return to Dublin Airport from the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Brazil. Photo: Julian Behal, Maxwells

Friends and family greet gold medal-winners Alina Síle (Hotel Management) and Ros Wynne (Aircraft Maintenance) on their return to Dublin Airport from the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Brazil. Photo: Julian Behal, Maxwells

There were joyous scenes in Dublin Airport as Ireland's WorldSkills Gold medal winners returned home.

There was huge success for the Irish at the 43rd annual instalment of the competition in Brazil this year, with an overall 11th place finish for the country.

The 14 young apprentices, trainees and students who flew the flag for Ireland took home two gold medals, and eight Medallions of Excellence.

Gold medal winners beat off competitors from 60 different countries to take home the top prize.

Alina Síle picked up the top gong for Hotel Management, while Ros Wynne scored gold in Aircraft Maintenance.

It is the fourth consecutive year that Ireland has landed a gold medal in Aircraft Maintenance.

The Medallions of Excellence were awarded for Beauty Therapy, Electrical Installation, Joinery and Cabinet Making, and Automobile Technology.

Students from Meath, Wexford, Dublin, Cork, Cavan, Galway, Monaghan, Leitrim, Mayo and Latvia also picked up awards in the fields of Plumbing, Plastering and Dry Wall, Construction and Metal Work.

The young people, all under 25 years old, had proven expertise in their chosen field before they left Ireland.

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