PICTURES - Huge crowds turn out for Streets of Portlaoise 5k

The annual Streets of Portlaoise 5k returned on St Patrick's Day, and it was bigger and better than ever as it also marked the first stage of the new Kia Race series.

Hundreds of athletes made their way around Portlaoise town, with Kerry O'Flaherty the first woman home, and Hiko Tonosa winning the mens race.

Above is a gallery of pictures from photographer Denis Byrne.

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