GALLERY: Ireland's Olympic boxers take part in their final home event before Rio 2016

Five members of the team fought against Russian opposition

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Ireland's Paddy Barnes with the Ireland flag Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Five of Ireland's eight strong Olympic boxing team competed in exhibition matches in the National Stadium on Friday night against a Russian selection.

The night of fights was part of the team's preparation ahead of the Olympic Games. It is the last time the Irish team will compete on home soil ahead of travelling to Brazil.

All eight Irish qualified boxers were in attendance but only Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, Brendan Irvine, Steven Donnelly and Joe Ward fought on the card.

David Oliver Joyce and Michael O’Reilly both were dealing with minor injuries, while Katie Taylor was given the night off by the High Performance staff.


Ireland's Michael Conlan. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne


Ireland's Paddy Barnes (red) in action against Russia's Vadim Kudryakov (blue). Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Ireland's Brendan Irvine (red) in action against Russia's Chingiz Natyrov (blue). Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Ireland's Steven Donnelly. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Ireland's Joe Ward with intern head coach Zaur Anita. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Ireland's 2016 Rio Boxing Team, Paddy Barnes, David Oliver Joyce, Michael Conlan, Michael O'Reilly, Steven Donnelly, Brendan Irvine, Joe Ward and Katie Taylor. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne