A sightless man who became the first to reach the South Pole by foot has returned home.
Mark Pollock, of Hollywood, Co Down, was met at Dublin Airport by his girlfriend Simone George, the Irish Times reports.
He called it "an irony to return home to snow".
Mr Pollock"s team, which included team-mates Simon O"Donnell of Dublin and Inge Solheim of Norway, came fifth out of six groups to participate in the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole race.
He is now writing a book about the experience.
Mr Pollock lost his sight ten years ago when he was 22 and has undergone a number of extreme physical challenges since he became blind.
The race was won by a Norwegian team called Team Missing Link, consisting of Rune Malterud and Stian Aker.
A British team came second with television presenter Ben Fogle, James Cracknell and Ed Coats as its members.
It was called Team Qinetiq.
by Martin Burns