Mullingar cyclist named to lead team Ireland

Mullingar cyclist Aoife O’Brien has been named as flagbearer for Team Ireland in the Opening Ceremony of the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF).

The EYOF is a multi-sport event aimed at athletes aged 14-18 years of age and runs from the 21–27 July in Baku which takes place in the Baku Crystal Hall on Sunday.

The Olympic Federation of Ireland entered a team of 32 athletes across five sports for the 15th edition of the EYOF, which is held every two years.

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“It’s such an honour to be selected out of all the people that are here,” a surprised O’Brien said on hearing the news, “it just makes the experience all the more enjoyable, and all my family are coming to watch, it will be great.”

“I’m delighted to announce Aoife as the flagbearer” said Olympic Federation of Ireland Chef de Mission for the EYOF, Gavin Noble.

“Not only is she a very competent athlete competing well against the senior riders nationally, but she is a popular choice amongst her teammates. This is the first time a cyclist has been selected to be flagbearer and we are looking forward to the athlete’s parade tomorrow night.”

Competition begins on Monday for Team Ireland with athletes competing in five sports over the next seven days Athletics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Swimming and Tennis.