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08th Sep 2021

Irish Paralympic athletes return home from Tokyo

Katy Thornton

The country could not be more proud of their achievements.

The 2020 Paralympic games proved to be hugely successful for Team Ireland. The last of the athletes returned home last night, beaming from their success and also anxious to see their friends and families.

Ireland finished 32nd out of the 78 countries that participated in the Paralympic Games this year.

The Highlights

With 7 medals won, Ireland has a lot of be proud of. Gold medalists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal had the huge honour of carrying the Irish flag for the Paralympic Games closing ceremony. They won two gold medals and a silver during their time in Tokyo. You can read more about their win here.

Derry born Jason Smyth took gold for the 100m T13 sprint, while Dublin athlete Ellen Keane took another gold for the 100m breaststroke SB8. Nicola Turner won silver in the 50m butterfly S6 and Gary O’Reilly took bronze in the H5 Time Trial. Both athletes are from Laois.

Several of the Irish athletes returned home late last night on the 7th September to Dublin airport, where they were met by applause and praise. You can watch what they had to say upon returning to Ireland below.

All our athletes deserve a huge congratulations for their efforts.

We look forward to seeing our athletes again when Paris hosts the Paralympic games in 2024. Until then, we hope Team Ireland enjoys their time back on Irish soil and catching up with loved ones.

Header image via Instagram/paralympics_ireland

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