A Government reception for members of Ireland's Olympic Team has taken place at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny greeted the athletes as they arrived.

Mr Kenny said the team had been "champions for the nation" and had given people many precious moments over the past fortnight.

The Olympics also showed how much the relationship between Britain and Ireland had changed, he said.

He pointed out that the atmosphere in the ExCeL Arena, where British fans cheered Katie Taylor and Irish fans cheered British boxer Nicola Adams, would not have happened a decade ago.

Earlier, a crowd gathered in Dublin city centre to welcome home members of Team Ireland.

Bad weather was blamed for a lower turnout than expected. Event organisers had hoped for 20,000 people to attend, but gardaí estimated that 5,000 people turned out.

There were 31 athletes at the ceremony outside the Mansion House, about half of the Irish Olympic squad, including the five medal winners.

Gold medallist Katie Taylor told the crowd she hoped her victory would inspire more girls to go on to Olympic success.

A stage was specially erected for the occasion across Dawson Street.

The athletes visited European Union House earlier today.