So what if the Irish only ever medal in cross-country running or boxing? Boxer Katie Taylor delivered to win Ireland’s first gold since Michelle Smith in 1996, and first drug-free gold since Michael Carruth in 1992, who won for, what else, boxing. They also took bronze in the hundred-liter chug back in the Athens Games, but that was only a demonstration sport, and judged horribly dangerous.
They’ve got a chance at another boxing medal later in the week, but for right now, Katie Taylor is Ireland’s sweetheart. And if you don’t agree, she’ll punch you until you do!