Paralympic silver medallist and two-time European champion Niamh McCarthy has announced her retirement from discus competition.

The Cork woman won silver at the F41 Discus event at the Paralympic Games in 2016 and finished fifth in Tokyo last month.

McCarthy claimed her first major medal at the European Championships in 2015 when she won bronze before going on to win silver in Rio, silver again at the 2017 World Championships, gold at the 2018 European Championships (with a record throw of 31.76m) and Bronze at the 2019 worlds.

The Carrigaline native (27) will now retire as the reigning European Champion after winning that title again earlier this year.

McCarthy said: "Now is the right time for me to step away from the sport having competed on the biggest stage in Tokyo one last time.

"I have loved every minute of it, I have made great friends, seen some wonderful places and reached heights that I could only imagine when I turned up to a talent ID day back in 2013.

"I am now going to concentrate on my own life and career away from the throwing circle but I will always have a keen interest and love for Paralympic Sport.

"I want to thank all of those that have supported me on my journey in sport; my family, friends, coaches, Paralympics Ireland, Sport Ireland and so many others, I think that I have given you all some good memories, I know I will take a lot of great memories away from my time as a high performance athlete".

Eimear Breathnach, President of Paralympics Ireland, paid tribute to McCarthy, saying ‘‘Niamh has represented her country with distinction and has provided some wonderful moments along the way. I would like to congratulate Niamh on a fantastic career and, on behalf of all in Paralympics Ireland, I would like to wish her all the best in the future.’’