Ireland's Tokyo Olympians were welcomed to Dublin Castle on Friday afternoon for an official homecoming ceremony.

Olympic Federation of Ireland President Sarah Keane, and CEO of Sport Ireland, John Treacy were joined by the Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister Catherine Martin, Minister of State Jack Chambers and His Excellency Ambassador of Japan to Ireland, Mitsuru Kitano at the event to honour the athletes.

Ireland returned with two bronze medals and two golds, one of which was memorably claimed by boxer Kellie Harrington.

"It's lovely to be here among your friends and family, and as well with the other athletes because you don't get to see them all when you're out in Tokyo," she told RTÉ Sport.

"Some of them are competing before or after you so they're probably out of the village before you. You don't get to actually see them and have a chat with them.

"Today we're able to mingle a bit, catch up and find out what the next plans are for them. It's really nice."

Sarah Keane, the President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland, hailed all 116 athletes who represented the country for their dedication, with preparations particularly challenging in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The Olympics is not just about the performances but also about the experiences and an important part of that is the opportunity to welcome our Olympians home to Ireland after the Games itself," she said.

"This is the first proper opportunity we’ve had to do this, and we’re delighted to officially recognise and honour the achievements of our 2020 Olympians, especially on the back of what has been a challenging year for everyone.

"It was almost miraculous that the Tokyo Olympic Games took place this year and Team Ireland members really were inspirational and filled the Nation with pride. We are incredibly proud of all our Olympians, who all gave it their all and represented their country so well both away from and in their competition venues."