This Week, They Said


It feels amazing. As I said from the start, to put on the green jersey and represent my country is a dream come true for me. I want to go all the way.

As I said to the boys it’s like that Queen song, I Want it All. I want every day of it. I want to be the best in the world.

– Mullingar boxer John Joe Nevin celebrates securing a bronze medal at the Olympics. His week was to get even better.

It’s really hard to finish fourth, I think it’s the worst place to finish in the Olympic Games. I was in the gold medal position in that race, then I was in the silver position, then bronze.

It’s really tough to get it through my head at the moment. I’ve cried a lot today.

–Sailor Annalise Murphy on the agony of just missing out on a medal.

Can anyone defeat Britain’s Katie Taylor?

– The Daily Telegraph tries to claim one more medal for Britain, as if they hadn’t won enough this week.

I nearly had a stroke.

– Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring on the excitement of being in London’s ExCel arena for Taylor’s gold medal victory.

Wooooooohoooooo!! So delighted for Katie. Her dream achieved. Very proud.

– Ireland rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll is among the many who tweet their delight at Taylor’s win.

Nothing’s going to change for me when I go home, will it?

– Taylor, tongue surely planted in cheek, following her sensational win.

I don’t think I’m the best rider in the world, but I think I’m one of the most planned, and organised, and that is vital.

– Show-jumper Cian O’Connor following his bronze medal-winning performance.

No other journalist could file a sports column from Berne, which devoted more space to his opinions on the paintings he encountered in an art gallery than to the tedious encounter between the Irish and Swiss soccer teams, which he summed up as footballers clashing “with all the force of two pillows colliding”.

– Writer Dermot Bolger at the funeral of sportswriter Con Houlihan.

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