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Irish boxing ginger nuts crisis: Paddy Barnes helps lighten the mood after Team Ireland rocked by 'doping' scandal

Published 05/08/2016

Rio bound: Paddy Barnes is determined to strike gold
Rio bound: Paddy Barnes is determined to strike gold

Paddy Barnes helped to lighten the mood among the Irish athletes after the team was rocked by a doping scandal.

Boxer Michael O'Reilly's alleged doping violation rocked the Irish camp in Rio.


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However, you can always rely on Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes to lighten the mood.

"Irish boxing is in crisis!" screamed a tweet from Barnes after news broke of the doping allegations.

"There's no ginger nuts biscuits for tea time tonight!!!"


Barnes and fellow Belfast boxer Michael Conlan are widely tipped to bring home the gold at the Games.

Both were given byes in the last 16 of their respective competitions.

Paddy Barnes will take on either Artur Hovhannis of Armenia or Samual Carmonda Heredia of Spain on August 8.

While Conlan faces either A Morisaka of Japan or A Avagyan of Armenia on August 1.

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