Waterford homecoming planned for European hero Thomas Barr

Justin Kelly

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Waterford homecoming planned for European hero Thomas Barr

Thomas Barr celebrates following his bronze-medal success in Berlin | Picture: Sportsfile

A homecoming event for European bronze medalist Thomas Barr has been planned for Thursday evening in his native Dunmore East.

His sister Jessie, also an accomplished Irish athlete, took to Twitter to announce the news after the sprinter claimed his 400m hurdles medal last week.

Karsten Warholm claimed the gold medal while Turkey's Yasmani Copello grabbed silver in Berlin. The 1-2-3 was a replica of the semi-final from which Barr qualified for the final. 

He became just the sixth Irish athlete ever to claim a bronze medal on the track at European Championships, and the first Irish man to win a medal in a sprint event at the European Championships. 

Jessie Barr told her followers to gather at Dunmore harbour at 6.30pm on Thursday to welcome her brother home. She said fans could expect "finger food, music and the man himself" in attendance. 

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