Irish fans were out in force to welcome members of Team Ireland home from Rio last night.
Members of the boxing team were among those arriving into Dublin airport and there were very special signs of support waiting for Michael Conlan.
The Belfast boxer was devastated to lose his bantamweight quarterfinal due to a highly-controversial judging decision, but family and friends were steadfast in their support.
Michael Conlan's nephews waiting at Dublin airport. He's due to arrive here with the Irish Olympic team shortly. pic.twitter.com/SAWtrkV36F— Sinéad Hussey (@SineadHus) August 24, 2016
Two young supporters held up signs that read “Michael Conlan: The real winner” and “Michael Conlan: The real winner.”
He appreciated the support received from everyone at the airport.
Wow, overwhelmed with the support that turned out at Dublin Airport to welcome us home! Thank you to everyone who turned out today! #Legends— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) August 24, 2016
As well as Conlan and his fellow boxers, many of Ireland’s other stars arrived back as part of the 40-strong group, including race walker Rob Heffernan and hurdler Thomas Barr.
The Irish Olympic team was given a hero's welcome in Dublin Airport after competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Riohttps://t.co/hGaZKZjYXc— RTÉ News (@rtenews) August 24, 2016
They may not all have medals but they’re still heroes in their fans’ eyes - young and old.