Kellie Harrington made a triumphant return to the north inner city of Dublin on Monday evening with a World Championship gold medal proudly around her neck.

The St Mary's BC fighter edged past Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee in India to go one better than two years ago when she took silver, reaping the rewards of a drop to the 60kg category.

That class is, crucially, an Olympic one and Harrington now looks like a serious medal hope for her country in Tokyo 2020.

For now, however, she's happy to take a breather and enjoy her success with friends, family and the community.

"It's absolutely amazing," Harrington told RTÉ Sport's Evanne Ní Chuilinn at a civic reception on on Sean McDermott Street.

"The support here of everyone is fantastic. To be able to come back to give them something to lift them up is great. These are my people and these are great people. 

"Thirteen years of blood sweat and tears amounts to this [gold medal]. It's great to finally get what I've worked my ass for. 

"There's been ups, downs, highs, lows, a change of boxing clubs.  It's been a bumpy road. Many times I wanted to quit and stop but people pushed me on."

Harrington will now aim to emulate Katie Taylor and go for Olympic gold but she refused to look too far ahead.

"I'm aiming for Tokyo but I'm not even thinking about it now. I like taking small steps and before I know it I'm actually there. And then I'm like, how did I even get here?!'.

"That's the way I take it; I let it flow. That's the type of person I am."