Published Thursday, 13 September 2012
Gold medallist Jason Smyth poses on the podium after the Men''s 100m - T13 Final (© Getty)
Eglinton sprinter Jason Smyth tweeted last weekend to ask if his hometown deserved the honour, but was initially told it was only for Team GB athletes.
He competed for Team Ireland, as did Seaforde swimmer Bethany Firth and Glengormley runner Michael McKillop.
The Royal Mail has now reversed that decision following "the overwhelming level of support for such a tribute from the local community in Eglinton".
A statement on Thursday confirmed they will paint a post box there, as well as one for Firth and McKillop in their places of choosing.
Barbara Roulston, Head of External Relations for Royal Mail in Northern Ireland said: "Honorary gold post boxes for Jason, Michael and Bethany are an appropriate tribute for our local Paralympic heroes given their tremendous achievements and the very clear community support."
Smyth, who is visually impaired because of Stargardt disease, won two gold medals as he successfully defended the 100m and 200m titles at London 2012.
The 25-year-old has been described as the Usain Bolt of the Paralympics.
McKillop was also a double gold winner as he smashed records to lift the 1500m and 800m crowns - and his marvellous Games was topped off when he was presented with the special Whang, Youn Dai Achievement Award at the closing ceremony on Sunday.
Co Down swimmer Firth, who's 16 years old, claimed Ireland's first gold of the competition at the Aquatics Centre when she won the S14 100m backstroke race.
The Royal Mail said it will paint post boxes at their hometown or "a location of their choice".
Margaret Ritchie MP welcomed the decision.
She said: "Bethany has brought fame and credit to Seaforde village, and I think it is commendable that Royal Mail is joining in the community spirit by painting the post box gold early next week.
"Everyone is extremely proud of Bethany's achievements, and I am delighted that Royal Mail will now go ahead with this visible celebration in her community."