Sunday 25 September 2016

Tricolour flies in Rio as our Olympic team is welcomed

David Kearns

Published 02/08/2016 | 02:30

A dancer performs at the welcoming ceremony. Getty Images
A dancer performs at the welcoming ceremony. Getty Images

Ireland's Olympic hopefuls have been given a warm welcome to Rio.

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The 77-strong team was among the hundreds of athletes at the welcoming ceremony in the Olympic Village ahead of the official start of the 2016 Summer Games.

Members of the Irish team at the Olympic Village in Rio, Brazil.. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Members of the Irish team at the Olympic Village in Rio, Brazil.. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Amhrán na bhFiann rang out as the Irish Tricolour was raised during the welcoming ceremony. "First time it has been heard in Rio," a Team Ireland official noted.

"Beautiful day here in the Olympic village," boxer Michael Conlan said.

Meanwhile, rider Padraig McCarthy said that "The Irish Equestrian Rio invasion" was under way.

Dozens of Irish athletes took time away from training to attend the ceremony, including road cyclist Dan Martin.

The Irish tricolour is prepared to be raised during the team's welcome ceremony in the Olympic Village. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
The Irish tricolour is prepared to be raised during the team's welcome ceremony in the Olympic Village. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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