Varadkar and Ring congratulate Paddy Barnes as he wins bronze and makes Irish Olympic history

Minister Varadkar and Minister Ring this afternoon extended their congratulations to Irish flyweight boxer Paddy Barnes following his Olympic medal win at the ExCel arena in London.  In claiming bronze, Paddy Barnes makes Irish Olympic history as only the second Irish athlete ever to win two Olympic medals since 1924.
The match this afternoon was a rematch of the 2008 Olympic semi-final where European champion Paddy Barnes met China’s multi-world champion Zou Shiming.  Speaking this afternoon, Minister Varadkar said:  Paddy put in a magnificent performance this afternoon and it was only on count-back that he did not progress to the next round and a silver medal.  He may be disappointed but he was magnanimous in defeat.  He is a very worthy recipient of an Olympic Medal and can leave the London Games with his head held high.”
Minister Ring continued: “Today’s match was a nail-biting affair and Paddy showed determination and confidence against the current Olympic and world champion.  Few people have an Olympic medal so today is a very proud day for Paddys family, friends and his club ‘Holy Family’ in Belfast and for all of Team Ireland.  I would like to congratulate Paddy for being a worthy Olympian and for writing his name in the Irish history books.”
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