Team Ireland's para athletics team assembled at Dublin Airport this morning to board an Aer Lingus flight on the first leg of their journey to Japan ahead of the Paralympic Games.

Para table tennis player Colin Judge joined the para athletics team as the last large departure for Team Ireland to the Paralympic Games.

The next stop for the team on their journey to Japan will be Heathrow Airport before the longer journey to Narita City in Japan, where they will join the para swimming team for their pre Games acclimatisation camp.

The para cycling team have already landed in Japan where their preparations are continuing at their training camp in Masuda City.

The opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games will take place at the Olympic Stadium on 24 August with the first Irish para athletes competing on the following day when action gets underway for Team Ireland’s swimmers, cyclists and table tennis athletes.

Barry McClements, Róisín Ní Ríain and Nicole Turner are our first competitors In the pool. Richael Timothy will be Ireland’s first paracyclist at the velodrome whilst Judge will get his competition under way in the group stages.

Paralympics Ireland CEO Miriam Malone said "This is an extremely exciting time as our team departs for Japan.

"This marks the culmination of years of work by the athletes, those that support them and Paralympics Ireland."