Team Ireland returned home on Sunday morning from the 2014 Special Olympics European Games in Antwerp Belgium.
Dundalk man Oliver Hanratty brought home the silver and bronze medal he won in the bocce.
Oliver took up bocce about ten years ago and really enjoys the sport.
Paul Carroll from Dunleer competed in table tennis and also did us proud.
Louth Labour Party senator Mary Moran was among the crowd at Dublin Airport to welcome our heroes home.
“I was at the airport yesterday morning to welcome home our Special Olympians from the European Special Olympics that were held this week in Antwerp the reception for the athletes was amazing.
“We are all so proud of them.”
Matt English, Special Olympics, CEO was also proud of their achievement.
“Team Ireland did themselves and the country proud at the European Games in Belgium,” he said.
“Across the board, there were fantastic performances and the fact that the Fair Play Award was given the Irish men’s seven-a-side football team really shows what a tremendous job the coaches and management team did with all the athletes. Ireland should be very proud to have such inspiring athletes representing us at the highest level.”
In all Team Ireland took home 12 gold, 21 silver, 24 bronze, 18-4th place ribbons, 11-5th place ribbons and 2-6th place ribbons.
Ribbons are awarded to athletes finishing 4th place through to 6th.
Aquatics: 1 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze (1 for relay), 2 - 4th place, 1 - 5th place and 2 6th place.
Athletics: 4 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze (relay), 6 4th place and 1 5th
Badminton: 2 silver, 5 bronze and 1 5th place
Bocce: 3 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze, 3-4th place (1 female team event) and 6-5th place.
Football: Gold and the team also received the Fair Play Award
Gymnastics: 2 gold, 3 silver, 9 bronze, 7-4th place, and 2-5th place.
Table-Tennis: 1 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze.
Ireland competed in seven sports during these games, and won medals in all, making it one of the most successful Irish showings at the European Games to date.
This was an outstanding by our Louth athletes. Well done.