Rio Olympics Banter

David v Goliath? Paddy Barnes is up to his old tricks on Twitter again

During Rio 2016, Paddy Barnes became an online sensation thanks to his exploits on Twitter where his unique combination of hard-hitting commentary and humour caught the eye.

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'He's a legend': Rob Heffernan's family filled with pride after sixth-place Olympic finish

Rob Heffernan did the nation proud when he finished the sixth in the 50k walk at the Olympics, but his family were left absolutely beaming.

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Here's our alternative A-Z of Rio 2016

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? The Olympics are over and now we don’t know how to live with the withdrawal.

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Olympic boxing summed up, by Foil, Arms and Hog

The Olympic boxing scandal continues to run and run - and now the Foil, Arms and Hog lads have given it their attention.

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Everyone is loving Usain Bolt and Andre de Grasse's Rio bromance

People are loving the finish line reactions of sprinters Usain Bolt and Andre de Grasse during last night’s 200m semi-final heat.

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WATCH: Why do Olympians bite their gold medals?

Biting the medal is an iconic photo from every Olympics.

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This Dublin five-year old has made the sweetest gesture to Michael Conlon

Yesterday’s controversial quarter-final boxing defeat is still fresh but this five-year-old’s sweet letter to Michael Conlon will cheer everyone up a bit.

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These children in Thailand wrote a song to celebrate the O'Donovan brothers' Olympic win

We've been singing the praises of Gary and Paul O'Donovan for their incredible Olympic silver medal achievement, but this school in Thailand have gone and done one better by writing their own song for the two Corkmen.

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Watch as mother of Ireland's rowing heroes arrives home to Cork Airport

We were on hand to grab a few words with Trish O'Donovan, the mother of Olympic silver-medal brothers Gary and Paul, as she arrived home to Cork Airport earlier today.

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Rio Paralympics 2016 blog: Mark Rohan on the rise of the Paralympians

Mark Rohan, from Ballynahown, near Athlone, is a former Westmeath U21 footballer who was left paralysed, from the chest down, after a road accident in 2001.

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PICS & VIDEO: Humble Skibbereen rowing club manages to produce Olympians against all the odds

Kenny McCarthy’s abiding memory of Leander Rowing Club, where the Thames smooth waters glide, are of marble counter-tops in the toilets of a splendid pavilion-style building where Britain’s leading oarsmen avail of the very best care a rower can get.

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Watch as family and Skibbereen react to the O'Donovan's historic Olympic silver

They've done it.

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This GIF of Chinese competitors diving into cups is SO well done

This incredibly pleasing GIF called Synchronized Solo Diving (like the cups) is doing the internet rounds today.

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WIN your limited edition O'Donovan brothers tee-shirt

The O’Donovan brothers have made history and here's your chance to win a limited edition tee-shirt that we have no doubt will be a collectors item in years to come.

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How well do you know your Olympics history?

Every four years, when the Olympics rolls round, everybody becomes an armchair expert.

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Charles Haughey's grandniece competes at the Olympics, for Hong Kong!

A fascinating bit of table quiz trivia for years to come, the grandniece of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, Siobhan, has been at the Olympics.

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WATCH: Tongan flag bearer gets awkwardly rubbed down by TV hosts

Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua captured the world’s attention thanks to his memorable entrance during the Olympic Opening Ceremony last Friday .

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Watch as beach volleyballer leaves teammate utterly hanging for a chest bump

Canada’s Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk are pretty damn good at beach volleyball, but their celebrations need a lot of work it seems.

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The Irish hockey team had to sing their national anthem without music... and it was fine?

The Irish men’s hockey team were playing Germany yesterday afternoon and when the two national teams stood up to sing their anthems, there was a bit of a technical glitch with the PA.

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GAME TECH: Mobile game is tapping in to Olympic dreams

OLYMPIC testing is pretty strict, so it’s no surprise that the official Rio 2016 mobile game follows suit. The only problem? It’s your patience that’s being tested.

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What's cupping and why are Olympians doing it?

You may have noticed some strange red marks on the shoulders of Michael Phelps at the Rio Olympics and wondered what’s going on.

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An Olympic Proposal: Brazilian women's rugby player says yes after girlfriend pops the question

Last night was an historic evening as it marked the first ever medals awarded for rugby sevens in the Olympics, but it was a little bit more special for one player.

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There was a bit of a creepy camera pan during the NBC Olympic coverage

On Rio’s famed beaches where thongs are the swimsuit of choice, it’s not unusual to see some bums out. And for visitors, it seems, it can be a little distracting.

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Check out this stunning mural created in Rio de Janeiro

This mural is thought to be the largest art mural created by a single person in the world and it is proudly on display at Rio de Janeiro’s Boulevard Olimpico where the 2016 Olympic games are being held.

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Jason Smyth's Paralympics blog: Managing life with training

Jason Smyth (28), a visually impaired sprinter from Derry, is officially the ‘fastest Paralympian on the planet.’ He will be writing a monthly blog in the build-up to the 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Meet Oliver Dingley: Ireland's first Olympic diver in 68 years

With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, Irish athletes are fully aware of the pressure that comes with competing in the games - none more so than Oliver Dingley.

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Rio Paralympics 2016 blog: Mark Rohan

Mark Rohan, from Ballynahown, near Athlone, is a former Westmeath U21 footballer who was left paralysed, from the chest down, after a road accident in 2001. He will be writing a monthly blog in the build-up to the 2016 Paralympic Games. Here is his first post.

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Quick Quiz: What summer Olympic sport should you play?

We're counting down the days to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio next month.

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