GALLERY: Ireland's Olympic heroes return home

Michael Conlan, Thomas Barr and Paddy Barnes all landed in Ireland this afternoon

BY Newstalk 19:30 Wednesday 24 August 2016, 19:30 24 Aug 2016

Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Ireland's Olympic athletes have returned home to cheering crowds at Dublin Airport.  

After silver medallist Annalise Murphy arrived back yesterday, more Olympians touched down this evening.

Michael Conlan, Thomas Barr and Paddy Barnes were among the competitors welcomed home by proud supporters.

Speaking to reporters after landing in Dublin, Conlon said he hoped no youth athlete or boxer would ever have to go through what he had to. 

The Belfast native, who controversially lost to Russian boxer Vladimir Nikitin, made headlines in Rio after branding IABA judges "cheats" – a claim dismissed by the organisation.

"I dedicated 18 years of my life to boxing and for my dream to be ripped away from me was horrible," Conlon said.

"If I can help boxing in the future I’ll be very, very happy."

Barr's mother, meanwhile, said the family was still trying to come back down to earth after her son clinched fourth place in the 400m hurdles final. 

400m hurdle finalist Thomas Barr is greeted by family and friends

Boxer Paddy Barnes with his daughter Eireann 

Boxer Michael Conlan arrives home to Dublin airport earlier this evening...

...And makes time to take selfie with fans while holding daughter, Luisne

  Boxer Steven Donnelly 

Hockey players Conor and David Harte

 

Family and friends of Thomas Barr wait for his arrival...

... And rush to meet him when he lands

 

Images courtesy of ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

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