A big welcome for the Irish Special Olympics team home from the World Games in Connecticut.

Dublin Airport was buzzing with excitement early this morning, when the seventy four Irish athletes who competed in the Special Olympics in New Haven, Connecticut, arrived home to cheers and applause from their families and friends. The nine days of competitions saw them bring home a grand total of seventy four medals (24 gold, 28 silver and 22 bronze).

It was the most successful world Games for Special Olympics Ireland to date.

The gymnastics team covered themselves in glory with 30 medals being won, including one by Marie O'Mahony from Coolock in Dublin who received a special welcome home.

This year's success at the World Games was a result of a lot of hard work which has been put in over the years. The athletes will not rest on their laurels for too long,

We'll have a couple of weeks' rest and then back into the winter programme again.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 July 1995. The reporter is Colm Murray.