Ciara Peelo leads the Irish team around Beijing's Olympic Stadium. ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan
London 2012

Open thread: who should carry the tricolour at the Olympic opening ceremony?

A decision on Ireland’s Olympic flag bearer is expected to be announced later this afternoon. Who should get the job?

IRELAND’S FLAG BEARER for the Olympic opening ceremony is due to be announced later this afternoon with boxers Katie Taylor and Paddy Barnes thought to be among the front-runners for the honour.

The final decision is expected to rest with the team’s Chef de Mission Sonia O’Sullivan, who carried the tricolour herself at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

Pat O’Callaghan, Ronnie Delany and Wayne McCullough are among those who have also performed the ceremonial role in the past, while sailor Ciara Peelo was given the honour of leading the Irish team around Beijing’s Olympic Stadium four years ago.

Who should it be this time around? Should it be Taylor, undoubtedly the golden girl and brightest medal prospect of the Irish squad, or Barnes who will be desperate to go one better than his Beijing bronze?

Or would you like to see someone else proudly carry the green, white and orange in London? Let us know in the comments below.

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