Team Ireland arrive at Dublin Airport having competed in the Paralympic Games in Sydney.

Nine medals including five golds have means the best ever result for the Irish Paralympic team.

An official welcome in addition to hundreds of supporters, family and friends awaited the team as they walked through the doors in Dublin Airport.  

Swimmer Mairead Berry who won one gold and two silver medals described the Paralympic Games experience as  

Great craic, just brilliant, the team got on so well and we all worked hard together.

Minister for Sport Jim McDaid who was there to congratulate the team praises their commitment and positivity, 

You had in the entire team a true sense of national pride, and I think that was the real winner on the day.

Jim McBride the Chef de Mission is the first person from Northern Ireland to have managed a Republic of Ireland Paralympic team,  

Absolutely delighted and elated for the team, and I'm so proud that I was part of it.

John Treacy the Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council tells RTÉ News that this team's remarkable haul of nine medals is a result of their hard work and preparation, 

A very well-prepared team, a well-planned approach to these Paralympic Games, and we see the benefits today.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 November 2000. The reporter is Robbie Irwin.