A Kildare man has beaten Covid-19 after being on life support in ICU for 57 days.

Oliver Doyle, 73, from Kildare town, was greeted by his overjoyed family as he left Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin and later was given a hero's welcome when he returned home.

It is the second time that Mr Doyle has successfully come out of a coma in ICU at Tallaght Hospital.

Two years ago he was treated for Multiple Myeloma, a cancer that affects the blood, and spent ten days in a coma.

During his recovery he had to learn to walk, eat and talk again.

He has also battled prostate cancer.

Mr Doyle, who is a keen Kildare GAA supporter, hopes his story will inspire others.

"To see where I came back from, prostate, myeloma and that disease, there's nothing impossible when you fight. I think if Kildare sees my fight maybe they will win something before I go. I hope that comes true," he said.

Mr Doyle's daughter Orla is due to get married in October.

"That was his one goal and I know he'll get me down that aisle. He's an unbelievable man," she said.

The Doyle family are very grateful for the care Mr Doyle received at both the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore and Tallaght University Hospital.

Mr Doyle's wife Ann, son Richie, daughters Olivia and Orla and grandchildren Paddy and Robyn are delighted to have Mr Doyle home in time for Father's Day.

"Home on time for Father's Day. I'm telling you, he is our present this year. We are delighted," said Orla Doyle.