Gary O'Donovan picks out the "best part" of today's moment of medal glory in Rio

Irish rower is a silver medallist alongside Paul O'Donovan in Rio

Gary O'Donovan, Ireland

Ireland's Gary O'Donovan celebrates with supporters after winning a silver medal with his brother Paul O'Donovan ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Gary O'Donovan says the best part of a historic day for him and his brother Paul O'Donovan in Rio was the moment they walked from their boat to where the Irish fans were massed. 

The Team Ireland duo are the first Irishmen to win medals in rowing at an Olympics as they achieved on Friday afternoon with silver in the men's double sculls and on a whirlwind day, Skibbereen native Gary spoke to Newstalk's Jonathan Healy about a day that will live long in the memory. 

"The best thing about it was when we were walking and all the fans and all the Irish people here were roaring and chanting, that was the best part," he said.

"To get the medal round our necks was a huge honour and we're so proud to be able to represent Ireland and represent everyone at home and to get a medal as well is brilliant." 

Their father Teddy has played a key role in their careers and was on hand to witness their achievement first hand.

"He was there, he was delighted, he was the first person we saw in the grandstand when we walked onto the podium," Gary added.

He also confirmed that he will stay in Rio until the closing ceremony and "do a bit of socialising in Brazil".