A statue honouring Olympic gold medalist Ronnie Delany has been unveiled in his hometown of Arklow in Co Wicklow.

Mr Delany won gold in the 1,500m at the Melbourne Games in 1956, when he was 21.

He was born in Arklow in 1935, where he had a housing estate named after him in 2019.

Sculptor Paul Ferriter was commissioned to bring Mr Delany's famous win to life.

President Michael D Higgins sent a special message for the occasion describing Mr Delany as a "true sporting legend and a wonderful ambassador for Ireland."

Leas Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Tommy Annesley said Mr Delany had achieved more than most, culminating in winning the ultimate honour, an Olympic Gold Medal.

Chairman of Sport Ireland Kieran Mulvey said Mr Delany was the iconic figure in Irish Athletic sporting history in Ireland.

"His sporting achievements are legendary and he has served as an inspiration to successive Irish athletes who have gone on to win international success in Olympic and World championships," he stated.

"At the raw young age of 21 years this gangly youthful figure confounded the greats of the athletic world by winning the Gold Medal in the 1500 metres Final at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956.

"He achieved it in a then Olympic record time of 3.41.2, and he was then only the seventh man to beat the four-minute barrier in this prestige race," he added

Mr Delany said he was honoured and privileged to have the statue erected for him.