The O’Donovan brothers have given the country pride and plenty of laughs over the last few weeks, but their local national school might just bring us to tears.
Gary and Paul came home to a rapturous welcome in Skibbereen, where they showed off their Olympic silver medals to what looked like the entire population of Cork.
There were many brilliant moments during the homecoming but it will be hard to top seeing local schoolchildren singing a song written especially for the rowing brothers.
Entitled ‘Our Olympic Heroes’, the song was written by teacher Niamh McCarthy and the children were introduced by principal Catriona O'Driscoll.
The soloist is 10-year-old Dominic Casey, son of the O’Donovan’s coach, also Dominic.
The brothers are past pupils of Lisheen National School and it is hard to imagine a more touching tribute than the effort the schoolchildren made to learn and perform the song for their Olympians.
It’s also pretty catchy - don’t blame us if you find yourself humming “And they went to Rio and they kept their dreams afloat!”