IRELAND'S gymnasts secured a record medal haul at the Northern European Championships in Limerick over the weekend.
The teams showcased encouraging form ahead of next month’s World Championships, with the men clinching gold and the women winning silver.
Ireland also claimed three individual medals at the event at the University of Limerick.
“Both teams did really well, our women’s scores were the highest we have ever achieved at this level, ” said Gymnastic Ireland’s performance and technical manager Sally Filmer.
“They had a fantastic beam competition and were really solid also on vault. Both teams are in preparation for next month’s World Championships, which is the main Olympic qualifier for Rio 2016.”
London-born Olympian Kieran Behan took the individual silver in the men’s all-round competition, securing the top scores on rings and parallel bars.
Rising star Ellis O'Reilly was runner-up in in the women's all around competition and picked up another silver in the individual beam final.
Cork-based Andrew Smith just missed out on gold on the parallel bars on Saturday, after finishing third in the men's all-round.
Ulster teenagers Rhys McClenaghan and Casey Bell both won bronzes in pommel and uneven bars respectively and were also fourth in other individual finals.