There were jubilant scenes in Skibbereen yesterday as Olympic heroes Fintan McCarthy and Emily Hegarty took part in an impromptu drive through the town to celebrate their spectacular victories.
I'd say Fintan McCarthy hasn't stopped smiling since last Thursday! Little wonder when he now has an Olympic gold medal for company! Sitting beside him is Olympic bronze medalist Emily Hegarty.— Kieran McCarthy (@KieranMcC_SS) August 1, 2021
Drive easy, Mary, that's a precious load!
📽️ Anne Minihane pic.twitter.com/iqpYw2A5m9
McCarthy, along with Paul O’Donovan, won gold in the lightweight men’s double at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last Thursday while Hegarty landed a bronze medal win for Ireland in the women's four along with her teammates Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe and Fiona Murtagh.
The victorious Irish rowers flew back into Dublin Airport yesterday before heading home to West Cork.
A video posted on Twitter by sports editor ofKieran McCarthy showcased the heartwarming scenes in the town as the sports stars returned home.
Welcome home to @skibbrowing our Olympic heroes Fintan McCarthy, Paul O’Donovan, Emily Hegarty, Aoife Casey, Lydia Heaphy and Gary O’Donovan.— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) August 2, 2021
A special night after a magical few days at #Tokyo2020 – you’ve no doubt inspired generations of 🇮🇪 Olympians to come. pic.twitter.com/CZ0FxGpLc9
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has also welcomed home Skibbereen's Olympic heroes.
Taking to Twitter this evening, Mr Martin said they have "inspired generations of Irish Olympians to come".