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19 times the Irish in Rio did us proud

Flying the flag.

1. When the team’s apartments were decked out in style before it all kicked off

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2. And when the horses’ stables were suitably patriotic for their arrival

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3. When the most adorable Dublin granny was interviewed ahead of her grandson’s judo fight

4. When badminton star Scott Evans celebrated every win by whipping his top off in delight

Scott Evans celebrates Dan Sheridan / INPHO Dan Sheridan / INPHO / INPHO

5. And when he was knocked out in the quarters, the Irish hockey team paid him the most appropriate tribute

6. There was the interview that started it all for the O’Donovan brothers

7. And the follow up that was even better

8. When Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe made it to the double sculls final

Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch after the race James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

9. And later that same day – the O’Donovan boys took home silver for Ireland

Cementing their place in the Irish sporting pantheon while still having the craic.

Paul and Gary O'Donovan celebrate winning a silver medal with father Teddy and brother David O'Donovan Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

10. In her third Olympics, Fionnuala McCormack rocking a personal best in the marathon while coming 20th 

Fionnuala McCormack after finishing in 20th James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

11. Remember when Kieran Behan soldiered on in the gymnastics after hurting his knee? 

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day One Julio Cortez Julio Cortez

12. That match where the hockey team had to sing the anthem acapella – and they belted out Amhrán na bhFiann with pride

(If you can’t see the video, please click here.)

13. It might not have been to everyone’s taste, but the boxing lads’ gags on Twitter were well delivered

Even when they needed to be self-deprecating…

14. And when boxer Michael Conlan said he had a present for the five-year-old Dublin boy who offered him his school medal

15. There was glorious redemption for Annalise Murphy in the sailing – nabbing a silver medal

Annalise Murphy celebrates winning silver Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

16. And she celebrated in style with another member of the club

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Annalise Murphy and Gary O’Donovan deserve golds for soundness.

17. Then there was Thomas Barr’s big smile on his face when he got through to the 400m hurdles final

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Couldn’t BELIEVE it.

18. And when his parents mauled him when they saw him for the first time after his near miss

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19. Well played to everyone who went out there under the flag and gave it their all <3

Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony David J. Phillip / PA Wire David J. Phillip / PA Wire / PA Wire

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