Medal success for Ireland's Paralympians

Monday 03 September 2012 10.46
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Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan celebrate their success
Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan celebrate their success
Walsh and Meehan in action at the Velodrome today
Walsh and Meehan in action at the Velodrome today
Helen Kearney (centre) has won a silver and bronze medal
Helen Kearney (centre) has won a silver and bronze medal
She shows off her silver medal to the media (Pic: Micheal Mac Suibhne)
She shows off her silver medal to the media (Pic: Micheal Mac Suibhne)

There has been more medal success for Team Ireland at the Paralympics Games in London today.

Wicklow’s Helen Kearney won a sliver medal in the Dressage section of the Equestrian event.

Kearney's score helped Ireland to win the bronze medal in the team event.

Cyclists Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan also picked up a silver medal in the paracycling individual pursuit B final at the Velodrome.

Earlier, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins congratulated the three athletes who won gold medals for Ireland in the Paralympic Games yesterday.

Mr Kenny said that all the athletes competing in the games were inspirational and have done their country, family and Team Ireland proud.

Athletes Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop, and swimmer Darragh McDonald won gold medals in the 800m T37 final, the 100 metres T13 and the 400 metres freestyle S6 respectively.

It brought Ireland's gold medal haul to four, after swimmer Bethany Firth won gold on Friday night.

President Higgins also extended his congratulations to the athletes.

"These performances are indicative of the overall determination and preparation of our team," he said.

"I wish all our paralympian athletes every success over the coming days."

Keywords: paralympics
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