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Grand National: Winner Rule The World parades through Mullingar

Rule The World is led down Mullingar's main street as hundreds of people watch on Image copyright PA
Image caption Mullingar's main street was lined with people who wanted to see Rule The World

Hundreds of people have turned out to greet Grand National-winning horse Rule The World on his return to the Republic of Ireland.

The horse, trained by Mouse Morris and owned by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, was paraded through the streets of Mullingar, County Westmeath, on Sunday.

The 33-1 shot won the Aintree race on Saturday and returned to Ireland on an overnight ferry.

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Image caption Rule The World's owner Michael O'Leary (left) said he wanted to "let the people of Mullingar to celebrate"

Traffic was stopped as the horse made his way up Mullingar's main street.

Mr O'Leary said: "We don't bring enough trophies here to Mullingar, and on the rare occasion when Tipperary and Mouse lend us one I think we should bring it down here and let the people in Mullingar celebrate."

On Saturday, Mr O'Leary said he would "like to retire" the nine-year-old horse "if the trainer will let me".

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