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World champion Michael Conlan arrives home

By Lesley Houston

Published 17/10/2015

Ireland's Michael Conlan with his daughter Luisne as he returns to Dublin Airport after winning gold in the AIBA World Elite Championships in Doha.
Ireland's Michael Conlan with his daughter Luisne as he returns to Dublin Airport after winning gold in the AIBA World Elite Championships in Doha.
Ireland's Michael O'Reilly (left) Michael Conlan (centre) and Joe Ward return to Dublin Airport after competing in the AIBA World Elite Championships in Doha. PA
Ireland's Michael O'Reilly (left) Michael Conlan (centre) and Joe Ward return to Dublin Airport after competing in the AIBA World Elite Championships in Doha. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 16, 2015. See PA story BOXING Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Ireland's Michael Conlan with his daughter Luisne (left) and Joe Ward returns to Dublin Airport after winning gold in the AIBA World Elite Championships in Doha. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 16, 2015. See PA story BOXING Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Ireland's Michael O'Reilly (left) Michael Conlan (centre) and Joe Ward return to Dublin Airport after competing in the AIBA World Elite Championships in Doha. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 16, 2015. See PA story BOXING Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Michael Conlan of Ireland poses with his trophy after winning against Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan during the final of Men's Light weight of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha on October 14, 2015. Michael Conlan survived a last minute knockdown to create boxing history, becoming the first Irishman to win an AIBA World Boxing Championship title. AFP PHOTO / FAISAL AL-TAMIMIFAISAL AL-TAMIMI/AFP/Getty Images
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan (R) fights with Michael Conlan of Ireland during the final of Men's Light weight of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha on October 14, 2015. Michael Conlan survived a last minute knockdown to create boxing history, becoming the first Irishman to win an AIBA World Boxing Championship title. AFP PHOTO / FAISAL AL-TAMIMIFAISAL AL-TAMIMI/AFP/Getty Images
Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan, in red, fights Michael Conlan of Ireland, during the Bantam weight final of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan, in red, fights Michael Conlan of Ireland, during the Bantam weight final of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 14: (L_R) Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan (silver), Michael Conlan of Ireland (gold), Dzmitry Asanau of Belarusand (bronze) and Shiva Thapa (bronze) of India poses with their medals after the final of the Men's Weight during the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 at the Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiya Arena on October 14, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 14: Michael Conlan of Ireland (blue) fights Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the final of the Men's Bantam Weight during the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 at the Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiya Arena on October 14, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 14: Michael Conlan of Ireland celebrates beating Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the final of the Men's Bantam Weight during the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 at the Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiya Arena on October 14, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 14: Michael Conlan of Ireland (blue) fights Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the final of the Men's Bantam Weight during the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 at the Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiya Arena on October 14, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 14: Michael Conlan of Ireland (blue) fights Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the final of the Men's Bantam Weight during the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 at the Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiya Arena on October 14, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 14: Michael Conlan of Ireland celebartes beating Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the final of the Men's Bantam Weight during the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 at the Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiya Arena on October 14, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Newly crowned world boxing champion Michael Conlan was back home on Irish soil last night ahead of a special ceremony in his honour today.

Ireland's first male world champion, Belfast man Michael arrived back at Dublin airport following his victory over rival Uzbekistan's Murodjon Akhmadaliev in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Qatar earlier this week.

The new AIBA world champ will be honoured at Belfast City Hall today at 1pm and he is said to be keen to thank his home support for all their unstinting encouragement as he defeated all before him to take the title.

The city is expected to come to a standstill for a while as the 23-year-old shows off his new bantamweight gold medal outside the City Hall.

The boxer added the lastest piece of silverware to Ireland's growing number of titles, fighting his way to success with a unanimous points victory, despite getting knocked down in the final round.

Michael can now add his world title to the Olympic bronze medal he won at London 2012, and the European Elite and Commonwealth titles he already holds.

Michael will be on board a bus alongside fellow Belfast boxer, Brendan Irvine and Irish contender Sean McComb who joined the new champ in Doha.

The bus will leave City Hall at 1pm for a journey up the Falls, taking in a number of pubs along the way.

Michael Conlan with his baby daughter Luisne as Team Ireland returned to Dublin Airport yesterday
Michael Conlan with his baby daughter Luisne as Team Ireland returned to Dublin Airport yesterday

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