Following Ireland’s dire performance at Euro 2012, the sporting hopes of the nation are once again on the rise as Katie Taylor leads the Irish Olympic team on a quest for gold, silver and bronze at the London Olympics. Taylor, who has been named as the Irish flag-bearer for the opening ceremony is the reigning Irish, European and world champion and is the hot favourite to add the Olympic gold in the 60kg category to her vast collection of medals and trophies. Of Ireland’s total of 23 Olympic medals, 12 have been won in boxing, so history is definitely on her side!
After winning bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Paddy Barnes returns to the biggest stage of them all once more to try and claim gold in the light flyweight boxing and Joe Ward will be disappointed if he doesn’t get on the podium in the light-heavyweight. Deirdre Ryan will be hopeful of winning at least a bronze in the high jump and Cian O’Connor will be hoping to banish the painful memories and fall-out of Athens 2004 by winning (and keeping!) a gold medal.
Make sure to check out our Olympics exhibitions in the County Library in Tallaght and in Castletymon Library too, and if you feel like brushing up on your Olympic history to impress your family over the dinner table, Michael Coleman’s The Flaming Olympics is filled to the brim with interesting facts and great trivia and Nazi Games, The Olympics of 1936 provides a great insight into the influence of Adolf Hitler on the Berlin Olympics of 1936.