Inspiring scenes as Kellie Harrington arrives home to Dublin
Town was buzzing waiting for Kellie's return.
Ireland's latest gold medalist Kellie Harrington has arrived home in Dublin after a hugely successful Summer Olympics.
Dublin Airport had staff members lined up to welcome and escort Team Ireland shortly after they touched down.
Additionally, the North inner city, and Kellie's neighbourhood Portland Row, has been decked out to welcome the champion boxer home.
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Tricoulours are hanging from homes, balloons have been blown up, and the large banners erected to wish the Dubliner luck still stand proudly, and await Kellie's return.
Speaking to the media on arrival, the 31 year-old boxer made it clear that her future is indeed looking very bright.
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She said: "I don't know what's next. I'll just take it day by day. I'll speak to Bernard and speak to my club coach. I'm not done yet.
"I know I'm going grey but I'm not done yet. I'm thinking Paris, I'm thinking pro. I'll see what offers come my way."
— Ro Molloy (Bridal/Fashion designer) Pillows/Masks (@MaskeradeByRo) August 10, 2021
Kellie also made it clear that she was looking forward to heading home for tea and biscuits.
Dublin's Lord Mayor Alison Gilliand welcomed the boxer home, and said that the city is "bursting with pride".
She said: "Kellie and all our local Olympians have allowed us to journey with them over the last few weeks. We recognise the enormity of their achievements as we have lived through them the highs and lows of elite Olympic competition.
"We recognise the importance of local sporting clubs, coaches and volunteers in providing the essential building blocks of world class athleticism."
— Yolanda Zaw (@YolandaZaw) August 10, 2021
She added: "Had it not been for Covid, Dublin would have thrown open its streets to all who wanted to show their pride and passion for our amazing Olympians. Perhaps, in the future, when Covid is well and truly passed, we can come together and celebrate with joy their amazing achievements."
Images by Seb Daly from Sportsfile.