Details of a special event at Mansion House to celebrate the homecoming of Team Ireland from the Olympics have been announced by the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Team Ireland is bringing home five medals, one gold, one silver and three bronze.

Bray boxer Katie Taylor won gold. On Saturday night John Joe Nevin, from Mullingar, secured a silver medal.

Boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan and showjumper Cian O'Connor all won bronze.

A statement by the OCI last night said an agreement has been finalised with Dublin City Council and Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring to hold the celebration in Dublin on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the team arrives home at lunchtime today and the athletes will take a short break to see family and recuperate before joining the celebrations at the Mansion House on Wednesday lunchtime.

Members of the public are requested not to come to Dublin Airport today but to wait until the Wednesday event.

There had been some confusion earlier about plans to welcome home the team after Chef de Mission Sonia O'Sullivan said holding an official homecoming would be inappropriate without the co-operation of all of the Olympians.

She said that when she spoke to some of the athletes last week they said that most of them wanted to get home to their families.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny praised Team Ireland's performance of winning five medals - its most successful Olympics since Melbourne in 1956.

Also on RTÉ Radio 1, the Mr Ring said the athletes should have been consulted first and their wishes not to take part in a homecoming should be respected.

Separate homecoming events are being organised today in counties Wicklow and Westmeath and in Belfast city for the four medal-winning Irish boxers.

In Bray, a public reception will be held for gold medal winner Taylor and for Adam Nolan, who will be paraded on an open-top bus to the seafront.

Nevin, who won silver, will also be welcomed back to Mullingar.

In Belfast, Barnes and Conlan, who both won bronze medals, are due to attend a reception at the Titanic centre.

Closing ceremony concludes

The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Games took place at the Olympic Stadium last night.

Up to 4,000 performers took part in the spectacular celebration of British music.

After 16 days of competition, London formally handed over to Rio de Janeiro, which will host the Olympics in 2016.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain had delivered and there was now a "huge opportunity" to build on the legacy of the Games.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said there would be long-term benefits for Britain and he believed most would agree the country had done a good job.