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How To Follow: The Irish Boxers on Twitter

Updated: Friday, 20 Jul 2012 11:50 | Comments

Paddy Barnes: opinionated, hyperactive and indiscreet?
Paddy Barnes: opinionated, hyperactive and indiscreet?

Katie Taylor is not on Twitter, but the fact that Adam Nolan - @AdamNolan12 - signed up last week, means all five of the men who will represent Ireland in London are there.

2008 bronze medallist Paddy Barnes - @PaddyB_Ireland - is definitely worth looking up. The Belfast light-flyweight is everything the athlete tweeter should be: opinionated, hyperactive, indiscreet.

Boxing team captain Darren O’Neill - @DarrenONeill - John Joe Joe Nevin - @JohnJoeNevin - and Michael Conlan - @MickConlan11 - are also happy to chat with supporters and RT their messages.

While they clearly train hard, the boxers like nothing more than bit of banter.

Around the team, the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) account - @IABABoxing - will keep you in touch with any official goings on. Paul McDermott of the Irish Sports Council - @pmcdisc - was an invaluable source during the Women’s World Championships in China two months ago.

The international organising body is the AIBA - @AIBA_Boxing -and it will also have up to date info on the boxing contest as a whole.

Our own @RTELondon2012 account will have details on when every boxer is fighting and how you can follow their progress on RTÉ platforms. The hashtag #RTE2012 will also make it easy to keep in touch with what's going on.

Nevin and O’Neill are the first men due in the ring with bouts scheduled for Saturday 28 July.

For insight into what’s happening in the ring, be sure to follow RTÉ analysts Kenneth Egan - @KenEgan - and Bernard Dunne @Bernard_Dunne, who bid ‘slán’ to Twitter a while back but returned this week.

@RTELondon2012 will keep you informed about the thoughts of Mick Dowling and Michael Carruth as the Games progress.

@RTELondon2012 List: Irish Boxers

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How would you get on in the ring with Katie? Check out this Paddy v Katie sparring clash filmed by RTÉ's Paul O'Flynn:


When Katie Qualified: An emotional Katie Taylor after securing her place at London 2012:


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