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Congratulations are in store for Michael McKillop, he was won GOLD in the middle distance running in Rio.

The Glengormley native had to run in 29C heat and took the lead with 600m to go alongside Canada's Liam Stanley.

With 200m to go, Michael eased away from Liam and into victory at 4:12.12.

The gold medalist has a form of cerebral palsy and won his first Paralympic gold in the 800m in Beijing.

This is Ireland's third medal of the Paralympic Games of 2016.

We're delighted for Michael.



10 years ago, Katie Ledecky was just nine years of age, and as a keen swimmer, was a massive fan of Michael Phelps.

Over the course of the past decade, Katie has carved an incredibly successful career for herself in the world of swimming, and as a six-time Olympic medalist, can now officially count herself among her hero's peers.

And it was this incredible progression which made a photo of a clearly excited Katie meeting Michael back in 2006 all the more poignant in the eyes of the public.

Acknowledging people's interest in the photograph, the US teammates decided to recreate the image…with a twist.

Instead of maintaining the same roles, Michael paid tribute to Katie's progress and incredible achievements since their first meeting, and was photographed asking for her autograph this time around.

Sharing the photo on their Twitter page, USA Swimming wrote: "Vice-Versa: @katieledecky @MichaelPhelps re-create famous photo with opposite roles #riotoday #SwimUnited."

Twitter users were all over the adorable twist on the throwback snap and wasted no time sharing their thoughts on the upload.

"I love this pic! It shows dreams can come true! Michael, you are truly an inspiration! Thank you!" wrote one while another added: "Love this! Thanks for inspiring young swimmers!"

Retweeting the reverse snap on their page, The Today Show wrote: "A lot can change in 10 years! @katieledecky and 'MichaelPhelps in 2006 and today in Rio!"

"What an inspiration! Katie is well on her way to joining Phelps on the Mount Rushmore of swimming. Incredible!" replied a member of the public.

That's a framer.


The public have taken to Twitter in their droves this afternoon following Katie Taylor's defeat to Mira Potkonen in the quarter final of the lightweight division in Rio.

The highly-respected boxer from Bray has lost her place in the Olympics following the shock defeat, but the Irish public are keen for Katie to know she's still a hero in their eyes.

"Gutted for #katietaylor. She is and always will be a true champion really felt for her giving interview," wrote one while another added: "Katie Taylor is an inspiration,in victory and defeat."

Reflecting on the loss, an incredibly tearful Katie attempted to maintain her composure as she fielded questions from reporters in the aftermath of the judges' decision.

"It's very disappointing. It's been a very, very tough year. Suffered a lot of losses this year," she explained.

Explaining that she gave it her 'best shot', Katie went on to thank everyone for their support, and admitted she thought the fight had been going her way.

Despite feeling 'prepared and confident', Katie acknowledges it's hard to maintain those levels, and gratefully accepted the reporter's remarks that following such an incredibly successful career so far she owes her fans nothing.

30-year-old Katie has won a staggering 18 gold medals in championship boxing




Well, shutting your eyes and pulling like a dog obviously works because the O' Donovan brothers have earned Ireland a silver medal in rowing at the Olympic Games today.

Gary and Paul, who revealed their tactic while speaking to RTÉ before the race, have made history as Ireland takes home its first ever medal for rowing at the Olympics.

Finishing behind France and ahead of Norway, the O'Donovans from UCD and Skibbereen rowing clubs, have sent Irish fans into meltdown as Twitter celebrates alongside the siblings.

Coming out in their hundreds to support the brothers, Skibbereen residents waited with bated breath as they watched the siblings make their way to finish line.

And then there's the guy who says what everyone is thinking…

Massive congratulations, lads! 


If there's one thing we took from our primary school days, it's that you must show respect and maintain composure during the National Anthem… until the very last line when you can throw your head back and roar like a good thing about how great Ireland is.

And we're fairly certain that that's the case across the board.

So, when Michael Phelps, who won the 200-metre fly final on Tuesday, was seen guffawing during the US anthem at the presenting of medals in Rio, the public were only dying to know what had set the US swimmer off during a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

And thankfully, he didn't keep his fans in suspense.

Speaking to NBC after being awarded his 20th gold medal, the 31-year-old athlete explained that it was the presence of his hometown mates in the crowd which had caused him to crack up at a certain point in the anthem.

"My boys from Baltimore were down on the other end, and back in Maryland, we all say “O!” for the Orioles during that part of the national anthem," he explained referring to the Baltimore baseball team.

"And all of the sudden I hear them roar “O!” and I knew exactly where it came from, and I just lost it because those guys came down from Baltimore and New York City to be here, and it’s just special to see those guys in the stands," he said.

His boys from Baltimore? Excuse us while we melt.



Well, Serena Williams certainly had a great friday night.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion and four-time Olympic gold medal holder joined in with her own dance routine when she made her way onto the stage for the Rio Olympics opening ceremony and it looked like she was having a ball from start to finish.

Even better, she shared the whole thing on Snapchat:

And that ladies, is how you make an entrance.


It’s no secret that Katie Taylor is made of tough stuff and the boxing champion proved she’s not about to go soft any time soon when she used Twitter yesterday to deliver a rather harsh message.

As the world's Olympic golf hopefuls continue to drop out of the upcoming Rio games over fears surrounding the zika virus, Katie took to social media to give her opinion on the situation.

She wrote: “Another one bites the dust. I wonder what excuse the golfers would of made if there was no virus.”

Attached to the tweet was a link to Australian golfer Jason Day’s dropout statement.

Katie’s tweet came just after Day’s announcement and shortly before Shane Lowry added his name to the list of golfers – which already included Rory McIlroy – who will not be putting themselves forward for Olympic selection.

The golfers are concerned that the zika virus could potentially affect their families who would intend on travelling to Rio should they participate in the Olympics.

But no matter how many golfers drop out at least we know Katie will be there in fighting form.



Rio is not all about football!  Here are 10 things to you need to see and do if you are heading to the South American city this summer:

Corcovado – Christ the Redeemer
Rio’s most famous attraction should definitely be on your list.

Ipanema Beach
Clean sand, blue water – what more could you want?!

Copacabana Beach
Even if it’s just to sing the song.

Sugar Loaf Mountain
If only to say you climbed the Sugar Loaf in South America and Wicklow.

Santa Teresa Tram
Experience a little bit of history in Rio’s oldest form of transportation – the tram.

Bar Urca
After your trip up the Sugar Loaf, head here for a well deserved beer and some food.

Meza Bar
Not into the club scene? Here you get to sit at a table and still enjoy DJ sounds.

The Maze
This guesthouse right on the top of a hill will allow you to experience decent jazz music and one hell of a view.

Parque Lage
This mansion built in the 1800s is home to a fantastic tropical garden that you need to visit.

For the real South American feel hit Lapa – the samba capital of Brazil.




Well, The Voice judge has collaborated with a lot of big names, from Cheryl Cole to Britney Spears. But, now Will.i.am apparently wants to record a duet with none other, than Anne Hathaway.

Yes, you read that right. Apparently, the former Black Eyed Peas singer was “blown away” by her singing performance in the film, Rio.

Will was speaking of Anne’s performance in the film with Ryan Seacrest and openly invited the Oscar winning actress, to record a duet with him.

“I want to make music with you. From Rio 1, I was like, ‘She sings like that?!’ … It would be so amazing to do music outside of an animated film. That would be freaking dope.”

Both Hathaway and Will.i.am starred and sang in the children’s flick, Rio and the sequel Rio 2.

Anne of course heard about Will’s invitation, but believes the singer would change his mind, once he hears her in studio.

“I am blushing so hard right now. The thing is, he’s going to get me in the studio and then he’s going to hear me for real, and he’s going to be like, ‘Oh, never mind.’ He works with Fergie! That’s like his 9am meeting. I can’t beat that!”

We aren’t going to lie, we would love a collaboration between these two. Just to see, what they would come up with.