Ireland's European Indoor Athletic Championships bronze medalist Mark English made a triumphant return to home soil this afternoon, but the hard work continues for Ciara Mageean who has returned to her training base in Manchester. 

Mageean clocked a time of 4:09.43 behind runaway winner Laura Muir of Britain and was pipped on the line by Poland's Sofia Ennaoui as she came home third in the 1,500m in Glasgow.

With a time of 1:47.39, English finished behind winner Alvaro de Arriba of Spain (1:46.83) and Britain's Jamie Webb 1:47.13 in the 800m final.

Team Ireland landed in Dublin after lunchtime.

"I live to run for the green, white and gold," Mageean told RTÉ Sport in the wake of her bronze-winning run.

"People talk about different things but you don't do athletics for the money and you don't do athletics for the amazing good times because they are very few and far between.

"I run to race in this vest and it means the world to me.

"Other people can look at peaks and troughs; I'd like to see them be constantly on a peak, peak, peak, peak. It doesn't work like that in life."

English also savoured a fine performance, commenting: "It gives me a lot of confidence that the training I’ve been doing has actually been working. I owe a lot to Steve Magness, my coach who is over in Texas at the minute.

"I don’t think anything has really changed mentally, I’ve just put the right training in and I’ve got the right mechanical support to go with it."