Watch: The proud moment Paddy Barnes led our Olympic heroes out in Rio
Published 06/08/2016 | 02:03
Paddy Barnes has fulfilled his dream as the Belfast man proudly led the Irish Olympic team out at the Maracana in Rio.
Barnes led the 77 Irish athletes, who will compete across 14 sports, out in a glitzy Opening Ceremony in the famous Rio stadium.
Proud Irishman Barnes revealed his joy when he was chosen as the Irish flag bearer in April this year.
"I'm delighted to have been asked to carry the Irish flag into the Olympic Stadium at the Opening Ceremony," said Barnes at the time.
"It's an amazing feeling to represent Ireland at an Olympic Games and I've been lucky enough to experience it twice before already.
"Going to my third Olympic Games as the flag bearer for Team Ireland now is just an incredible honour.
"I will be going for gold in Rio in the ring but I will also have the responsibility of helping to build a really positive environment for all Irish athletes. I could not be more excited about the next 100 days."