Ciara (31) set another Irish 1500m record when she ran a 3:55.87 to take second behind Scotland's Laura Muir at the Brussels Diamond League meeting.
Ciara with her mother Catherine, former teacher and camogie coach Elizabeth Collins and Councillor Joe O'Boyle. Picture by Mal McCann
On The Late Late Show on Saturday, Ciara described how tough it was to part ways with the late and legendary coach Jerry Kiernan, who passed away in January 2021. She left Jerry's team when moving to Manchester to become a full-time professional.
Ciara Mageean with young fans after stepping off the Strangford Lough ferry. Picture by Mal McCann
"Hands down it was harder leaving Jerry. You're on to something now because I always cry when I speak about Jerry," Ciara said.
Crowds gathered for Ciara's homecoming. Picture by Mal McCann
"For me to leave the set-up here in Dublin and go and train professionally in Manchester was something I couldn't pass up.
"But leaving Jerry Kieran as my coach was the hardest thing I'd ever done because I left my boyfriend Thomas in Dublin but I was more cut-up about leaving Jerry."