Team Ireland return from the London Paralympics 2012 to Dublin Airport this evening.
From top: Michael Mckillop & Jason Smyth; Catherine O’Neill; Mark Rohan & Shane Barker; Darragh McDonald and his mother Caroline; Catherine Walsh, Catherine O’Neill and Fran Meehan, and Mark Rohan’s friends and family.
(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
Eimear C writes:
I notice you didn’t report on Michael McKillop winning his second gold of the Paralympics on Monday. He was presented his medal by his Mam so it was a pretty emotional moment.
These superb athletes definitely deserve an open-top bus fanfare for their homecoming (we’re at 9 medals already and only half-way through the games). But, alas, the media really don’t seem to be making enough of their achievements.
Meanwhile, today’s Irish Interest:
Ireland (London Paralympics 2012)
Pic via Paralympics.ie
8.45pm: Stephen Hawking sits at the bottom of a huge metal tower with a moon on the top, which descends to create a massive big bang. Hundreds of people in macs and carrying white unbrellas move around the stadium, which erupts into fireworks. It looks like a lot of antibodies swirling around a giant cell … or is that just me? And then Rihanna’s Umbrella booms out. This is brilliant already…”
Paralympics Opening Ceremony Blog (Guardian)
They brought it over from the Fair City set.
John Kenny Darren Frehill (left) with, from left, Ireland’s Jason Smyth, Michael Mckillop and Mark Rohan at the Paralympic Village in London this afternoon.
Via John Kenny