The Irish European Youth Olympic Team arrived home on Saturday morning to a great welcome for family and friends.
(The seven medallists pictured L to R: Brian O’Sullivan (Swimming) and from Athletics: Megan Kiely, Ruairi Finnegan, Siofra Buttner, Ben Kiely, Sarah Lavin and Karl Griffin)
Irish Team Chef de Mission Tom Rafter said ” its been a wonderful experience for all sports , particularly for track athletes and swimming as they won medals in A and B finals”.
He added “There have been many outstanding peformances in heats , semis, A and B finals across all sports, and the National Federations will be pleased with the level of performance and their athletes ability to compete in a European context. I’d like to take this opportunity to thanks all the athletes, the management, coaching and medical team for all their hard work. Its been a great team effort and many friendships been made with athletes across sports in Europe in the village”
Chef de Mission Tom Rafter (far left) and members of the Irish Youth Olympic Team at Dublin Airport
Ireland’s Brian O’Sullivan, from Castleisland, Co Kerry, who won a Bronze medal for swimming, with his mother Anita,
on his arrival at Dublin Airport as the Irish team return from the European Youth Olympics in Turkey.
Ireland’s Ruairi Finnigan, St. Eunan’s, Co. Donegal, who won a Gold medal in the 1500 metres, with his coach Teresa McDaid
Ireland gymnsatics players and coaches, left to right, India McPeak, Mary Murray, judge, Adam Dalton, Tim O’Donovan, coach, and Sarah Stranbridge
Megan and Ben Kiely 400m hurdler medalists and family
Sarah Lavin, Emerald AC, Co. Limerick, who won a Bronze medal in the 100 metres hurdles, is welcomed home by her mother Emily
Ireland’s Síofra Cléirigh Buttner, Colaiste Iosagain, Dublin, who won a Silver medal in the 1500 metres, with her mother Fiona Ní Chléirigh and her father Merv Buttner
Ireland’s Ruairi Finnigan, St. Eunan’s, Co. Donegal, who won a Gold medal in the 1500 metres, and Karl Griffin, Tri Chonaill AC, Co. Donegal, who won Bronze in the 800 metres, right.
Twins Megan and Ben Keily, Ferrybank AC, Waterford, who won a Bronze and a Gold medal in the 400 metres hurdles, with their twin cousins Shannon and Rebecca Keily