Snowboarder Seamus O’Connor has been selected as the Irish flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

The youngster from San Diego, with grandparents from Dublin and Drogheda,will lead Team Ireland into the Olympic Stadium at the conclusion of the Sochi Games on Sunday.

Stephen Martin, Chef de Mission of the Irish team said “Seamus was one of only three snowboarders to compete in both the slope-style and half pipe disciplines, and had the best Team Ireland results in Sochi. 

“At 16 years of age he finished 15th and 17th in his first Olympic Games. He can develop into a star performer over the next four years at World Cup and Olympic competition.

“Through his performances and support of other team members he has earned the right to carry the flag of his country and lead Team Ireland at the Closing Ceremony”.

O’Connor commented: "When I received the flag bearer news I was beyond honoured. These Olympics have given me several life changing moments and this is indeed another! I could not be more proud”.

O’Connor and fellow team members Sean Greenwood, Conor Lyne and Jan Rossiter will return to Dublin Airport on Tuesday afternoon at 4.50pm.