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Dia dhaoibh! Paddy Barnes leads Team Ireland into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Belfast boxer is Ireland’s flagbearer at the Maracanã.

– Niall Kelly reports from the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

IT WAS A late one for those who stayed up but, just before 2am Irish time, a proud Paddy Barnes led Team Ireland into the opening ceremony at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Ireland were the 99th country in the Parade of Nations at Brazil’s famous Maracanã Stadium:

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 22.18.17 Source: Team Ireland via Facebook

Paddy Barnes leads Team Ireland out at the Opening Ceremony Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Paddy Barnes leads Team Ireland out at the Opening Ceremony Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Team Ireland make their way out at the Opening Ceremony Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Zaur Antia Boxing head coach Zaur Antia Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Zaur Antia Antia and boxing coach John Conlan. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Not all of Ireland’s 77-strong squad were in attendance with many in action over the opening days of the competition; others, like the track and field squad, in the team’s holding camp in Uberlandia; and some still making their way out to Brazil:

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