Friday 2 December 2016

Watch: The proud moment Paddy Barnes led our Olympic heroes out in Rio

Published 06/08/2016 | 02:03

Ireland Flag Bearer Paddy Barnes leads out Ireland during the Rio Olympic Games 2016 Opening Ceremony
Ireland Flag Bearer Paddy Barnes leads out Ireland during the Rio Olympic Games 2016 Opening Ceremony

Paddy Barnes has fulfilled his dream as the Belfast man proudly led the Irish Olympic team out at the Maracana in Rio.

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Barnes led the 77 Irish athletes, who will compete across 14 sports, out in a glitzy Opening Ceremony in the famous Rio stadium.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Fireworks explode while dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Fireworks explode while dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Dancers perform Pindorama: The Birth of Life during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Dancers perform Pindorama: The Birth of Life during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Dancers perform during the Metropolis segment of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Performers dance at the Geometrization: Arrival of The Europeans during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: A general view during the Geometrization segment of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Morry Gash/Pool/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Dancers perform during the Metropolis segment of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: A general view during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Morry Gash/Pool/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Fireworks explode during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Model Gisele Bundchen takes part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: A performer dances during the Pop: Empowerment segment during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Dancers perform during the Metropolis segment of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa segment during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: A dancer performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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."






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