Northern Ireland

Boston marathon runners return to Northern Ireland

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Media captionStephen Toal, a runner from County Armagh, describes what he saw

Some of the marathon runners from Northern Ireland who were caught up in the Boston bombing on Monday have returned home.

They were not injured in the double bombing near the finishing line but were left shocked at what happened.

They landed in Dublin on Wednesday to be greeted by their relieved families.

Stephen Toal from County Armagh said the bombings felt too much like the "bad old days of the Troubles".

Sean Smith from Newry, had just crossed the finishing line when he heard the explosion, but did not realise it was a bomb until he returned to his hotel room.

Some of the Irish runners described what happened in Boston as "unspeakable and gross". However, they said it would not put them off taking part in more marathons.