Ireland's sailing hero Annalise Murphy plans to take a well-earned break before deciding if she'll go for the Tokyo Games in 2020.

The Rathfarnham woman claimed silver in the women's Laser Radial after four years of torment, with her fourth-paced finish in London a constant source of pain and regret for the 26-year-old.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport with her parents Cathy and Con by her side, Murphy admitted that near-miss drove her on Brazil, but now wants some downtime to weigh up her plans going forward.

“I’m definitely going to take a little bit of a break," she said. "After the London Olympics I didn't want to take a break; I just wanted to get straight back into it.

"It was a really hard four years. I didn't even think I was going to get a medal here. I'm going to take a little bit of a break, sail a few other types of boats, and then start looking at what to do for the next four years.

“It just hasn’t sunk in yet. I keep on looking down at it and I actually can't believe it. The last four years this has all I've been thinking about to and to come here and get the medal is incredible."

"I'm going to take a little bit of a break, sail a few other types of boats."

Cathy competed for Ireland in the Seoul 1988 Olympics and was a crucial source of wisdom and experience for her daughter.

After a night of celebration with family, friends - and one of the O'Donovan brothers! - Annalise Murphy is looking forward to soaking up the spectacle of the closing ceremony before sharing her achievement with those close to her back home.

"I was celebrating with one of the O’Donovans, my mum and dad, my brothers and sisters were there, it was brilliant. I was pretty tired," she added.

"After nine days of competition the adrenaline finally wore off and I was like, ‘I have to go home to bed!’.

“Being in a medal position for the entire race was great. From my London experience I learned how to deal with that type of pressure. I knew I had to take it one day at a time.

“I’m going to be here for the closing ceremony. It’s going to be pretty amazing. I was feeling a little bit sorry for myself when I stayed for the closing ceremony in London so this is going to be a special."