Mansion House to hold Olympic celebration on Wednesday

Team Ireland's 66 Olympians arrive home at lunchtime today with their five Olympic medals.

Team Ireland's 66 Olympians arrive home at lunchtime today with their five Olympic medals.

Ahead of their arrival, the Olympic Council of Ireland last night announced a late breakthrough in a dispute that was holding up a homecoming ceremony for the athletes.

The stars of the show, Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon, and Cian O'Connor, between them carry home one gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

It is our most impressive haul in almost 60 years.

Festivities get underway in counties for Katie Taylor and Adam Nolan in Bray and John Joe Nevin and Josephy Murphy in Mullingar.

The athletes will arrive at Dublin Airport around lunchtime today, but members of the public are being asked not to travel to the airport, following the announcement of a hastily organised homecoming ceremony on Wednesday.

The event will take place at the Mansion House on Dawson St in Dublin city centre at lunchtime on Wednesday.

It marks a breakthrough in a row over funding between Dublin City Council and the OCI.

City Council officials and Dublin's Lord Mayor had come in for criticism over their failure to hold a homecoming, but the local authority had maintained that they were holding off, in accordance with the athletes' wishes.

The Olympic Council of Ireland has said the athletes will spend time with their families and recuperate, before joining the midweek celebration.

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