Last Updated: 14/08/12 9:20am
Katie Taylor: Poses with her gold medal as she prepares to fly back to Ireland
Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor choked back tears as she dedicated her boxing victory to her home town.
It was one of the sunniest days of the summer as the 26-year-old took to a stage on the seafront of Bray, waving and shadow boxing before more than 20,000 fans.
She said: "This medal belongs to everyone here and without their support I wouldn't be in this situation."
Taylor laughed and cried amid a shower of confetti and streamers, while the crowds chanted her name.
"I'm just overwhelmed to be honest, this is just incredible," she told the sea of green, white and orange.
"This is unbelievable. I wouldn't be in this situation without all the support I've had over the last couple of weeks.
"This medal belongs to everyone here and without their support I wouldn't be in this situation."
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"The support I got in the ExCel Arena - it blew my mind. Without the support, I would be nothing."
The devout Christian also thanked the town for their prayers during her Olympic campaign, which saw her win gold in a nail-biting final against Russian Sofya Ochigava on Thursday.
She continued: "I had a whole nation praying for me and I felt the presence of God in that stadium."
The sun was shining all day on the picturesque Co Wicklow town, as it greeted the boxing champ - fresh off a flight from the games in London.
There was music, a barbecue, face-painting and funfair attractions along the strip, while Taylor travelled through the town in an open-top bus.
She was joined by fellow Olympic boxer and Bray native Adam Nolan, who also took to the stage later to thank his home town for their support.
DOB: 17/5/1956 Event: Boxing Medals: 1 gold Flag: USA
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