Irish Team prepare to come home from Para Athletics World Championships
The Irish team arrive at Dublin Airport today at 3.40pm
The Irish Team will return from the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships today. The team will be travelling on flight EI0165 from London Heathrow arriving into Dublin Terminal Two at 15.40. It has been a memorable championships for the ten-strong Irish Team who arrive home today with seven medals.
Overall it's been a fantastic championships, with Michael McKillop (gold in T37 800m and T37 1500m), Jason Smyth (gold in T13 100m and 200m), Orla Barry (silver in F57 discus) and Niamh McCarthy (silver in F41 discus) and Noelle Lenihan (silver in F38 discus) all delivering the goods.
"This team have been progressing amazingly well since London 2012," said Ireland Team Manager James Nolan.
"We were successful in Doha 2015 and Rio 2016 but to come away from this World Championships with seven medals from 10 athletes is truly world class.
"On top of the medals won by Jason Smyth, Michael McKillop, Noelle Lenihan, Orla Barry and Niamh McCarthy, it was great to see Greta Streimikyte progress to within one second of bronze, Orla Comerford finish sixth in the 100m final, Paul Keogan reach the final in both the 200m and 400m and Patrick Monahan driving forward the resurgence of world level wheelchair racing in Ireland when competing over 800m and 1500m.
"With the European Championships next year in Berlin, if this team can reproduce the level of performance seen here in London this week, they will be a dominant force in 2018.
Thanks to Sport Ireland, IIS, SINI, our sponsors, athletes home coaches and Paralympics Ireland office staff for all the support before & at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships."
Team Ireland arriving into Dublin:
- Michael McKillop
- Noelle Lenihan
- Niamh McCarthy
- Patrick Monahan
- Paul Keogan
- Deirdre Mongan
- Greta Streimikyte
Members of the team including medallists Michael McKillop, Noelle Lenihan and Niamh McCarthy will be available for interview on arrival
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