Bray woman Katie Taylor won an Olympic gold medal yesterday in the Women's Boxing Lightweight Final. The small town of Bray in County Wicklow and the whole country came to a standstill as everyone tuned in to see Katie Taylor at the ExCeL Arena in London.
Watch the medal ceremony on RTE here as the Irish flag is raised and our national anthem is sang
She joins other boxers in securing a medal. Paddy Barnes unfortunately missed out on gold and didn't make it to the final, but secured a bronze medal to be proud of today. John Joe Nevin has just got through to the Men's BantamWeight Final also.
'Where were you?' asks Broadsheet.ie with photos of large numbers of people stopping what they were doing to watch Katie's boxing match. A sea of green, white and gold could be seen at the Shoreline Leisure Centre in Bray as they came out to see their hometown girl, making it look like St. Patrick's Day was happening all over again.
Katie Taylor paid tribute to Sonia O'Sullivan for inspiring her and now hopes that she will inspire other girls to be Olympic champions.
There have been a few rumblings regarding the media's handling of some stories. The Telegraph tried to hail Katie Taylor as one of their own, saying 'Can anyone defeat Britain's Katie Taylor, the most technically proficient attacking boxer in the world?'.
One Australian ESPN presenter got in trouble for saying Ireland was a joke for not joining Team GB and another sportswriter wrote a piece where he picked up on the drunken Irish stereotype that a lot of people found offensive, with the article originally titled “Punch drunk: Ireland intoxicated as Taylor swings towards victory boxing gold” and the introduction read 'For centuries, Guinness and whiskey have sent the Irish off their heads. Now all it takes is a petite 26-year-old from Wicklow.' The Irish Echo reports that Peter Hanlon, the journalist in question, is "deeply sorry" and apologises for any racial stereotypes in the article and says he will learn from this mistake.
We were gutted to see Annalise Murphy only make fourth place in the Women's Laser Radial as she had a great start. She is already setting her sights on the next Olympics and it was a great result for a first time Olympian.
However, at the moment, Katie is our queen! Thanks Katie!