Six of Ireland's Olympic heroes proudly display their medals at the National Stadium tonight

Six of Ireland’s Olympic heroes proudly display their Olympic medals at the National Stadium tonight

 World boxing powerhouses Ireland and Russia met at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight in a test match.

Most of Ireland’s Rio Olympians and Irish internationals were between the ropes versus the visitors.

Rio bound Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes, Brendan Irvine, Michael Conlan, David Oliver Joyce, Steven Donnelly, Michael O’Reilly and Joe Ward were in action at and attended this evening’s meeting.

Welcoming the Russian squad to the home of Irish boxing, IABA President Pat Ryan wished our boxers and Russia the very best of luck at the Rio Olympics which begin on August 5th.

John Treacy, CEO of the Irish Sports Council, attended tonight’s match along with distinguished guests.

Ireland and Russia will train in Dublin from this weekend on before going their separate ways later this month as the countdown to the 31st Olympiad begins in earnest.

Please scroll down for images from tonight’s event. No scores are kept in test matches.

Pictures courtesy of Ed Scannell.

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Rio Olympic Team with IABA President, Pat Ryan and John Treacy. Sport Ireland

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IABA Secretary, Al Morris

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Paddy Barnes, Irish Flag Bearer in Rio Olympics

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IABA President, Pat Ryan

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World Silver Medallist, Kellie Harrington with IABA President

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Zaur Antia and Jimmy Halpin

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Home of Champions

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Paddy Barnes Addressing Supporters in National Stadium

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Brendan Irvine

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John Treacy Congratulates Katie Taylor

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CEO Fergal Carruth and IABA President, Pat Ryan

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Russian Embassy Guests

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Some of Ireland’s Olympic Medallists

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Michael Carruth and Hugh Russell

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Russian Coaching Team

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Zaur Antia and John Conlan

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Paddy Barnes with Fans

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Coaching Teams

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Boxers Line up for National Anthems

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Fergal Carruth and Anna Moore

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Paddy Osborne and Gerry Storey

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Irish Team Line up for National Anthems