Locals in the west Cork town of Skibbereen were running out of superlatives as they celebrated the stunning Olympic gold medals claimed by rowing duo Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy.

On Wednesday, Emily Hegarty was the first representative of the club to claim a medal in the games. She was part of the Women's Four who took bronze.

TJ Ryan, the secretary of the Skibbereen Rowing Club, described their win on Thursday as the "icing on the cake" after a string of excellent performances in recent years.

"[Five] years ago, Ireland had never won a rowing medal before," he said. "And suddenly, Ireland has a gold, a silver [in Rio 2016] and a bronze."

Fintan's parents Tom and Sue McCarthy were ecstatic after watching their son win gold.

"I don't think it's sunk in yet," Tom said.

Sue said: "Unbelievable... I don't think there's a word that describes the mix of emotions and feelings and pride."

At the local club on Thursday were young rowers eager to emulate their Tokyo heroes.

"It makes us want to work harder, get where they are," Kelly Oforji said. "It's not only a medal for Ireland, it's a medal for the club too."

On the streets, locals were jubilant with many having stayed up to watch the race at last night.

One said: "It's such a fabulous day for the boys and their families, the club and the town."

"It's fantastic, we're just on a high. It's great, absolutely wonderful," said another.

Additional reporting - Conor Hunt