Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin has congratulated Belfast boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan on winning silver medals at the European Boxing Championships.
Paddy Barnes had to pull out of his final fight because of injury but secured a silver medal in the light fly- weight class and Michael Conlan won silver in the fly-weight class at 2013 European Championships at the Palace of Sports in Minsk, Belarus.
Congratulating both boxers the Minister said: "Throughout these Championships Michael and Paddy have demonstrated why they are outstanding athletes. Yet again they have taken local boxing to an international stage proving that they are ambassadors for their sport and their communities.
“The entire Irish team have had a great Championship with John Joe Nevin and Jason Quigley winning gold medals.
“Congratulations to all of the squad even those who have not reached the finals, it has been a tremendous week of boxing and I am pleased that the tradition of boxing success on this island continues to grow from strength to strength."