Katie Taylor: how the Twittersphere has been reacting to the Irish Olympic champion

10 Aug 2012

Boxer Katie Taylor's fans in Bray, Co Wicklow, yesterday. Image by Conor McCabe Photography

Yesterday, Ireland became a collective heartbeat as people stopped in their tracks to watch the Bray, Co Wicklow, lightweight boxer Katie Taylor become an Olympic champion at London 2012. Here we take a look at what has been going down on Twitter since Taylor’s win, while we also have some shots of the massive crowd that congregated in Bray yesterday afternoon to cheer Taylor on.

From the 10-time world champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya to the actor Samuel L Jackson, The New York Times sports writer Grant Wahl, and her fellow Irish teammate John Joe Nevin – incidentally, he has just won his boxing match, beating Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez Estrada in the bantamweight semi-final, to secure a place in the Olympic final – here’s a snapshot of what people have been sharing on Twitter:

Oscar De La Hoya ‏@OscarDeLaHoya
Katie Taylor congratulations on winning gold. You are amazing

anne sheridan ‏@annesheridan1
Will there be a flood of Katie Taylors in Rio 2016? Great for young Irish girls to have a new role model, whatever the sport. #katietaylor

Des Cahill, RTE ‏@sportsdes
She’s gone global..! Lovely piece in the New York Times about Katie Taylor. http://nyti.ms/QKQkWd

WorldIrish ‏@worldirish
Katie Taylor’s Victory. In photos, commentaries and videos: the reaction from across the world http://www.worldirish.com/listening-post/view/katie-taylors-victory-the-reaction-across-the-world-1676 #london2012

London 2012 Katie Taylor with her gold medal

London 2012: Katie Taylor with her gold medal. Image via Katie Taylor Facebook page

Ciara King ‏@iamCiaraKing
Incredible tear jerker of an article by @Danwetzel summing up how we all feel about Katie Taylor http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics–ireland-swells-with-pride-after-katie-taylor-wins-women-s-boxing-gold-medal.html

Grant Wahl ‏@GrantWahl
Irish proving once again they may be world’s best sports fans with their support of boxer Katie Taylor.

Samuel L. Jackson ‏@SamuelLJackson
All of IRELAND Raise A Pint for Katie Taylor’s Gold Medal Russian beatdown!!

Nick Clegg ‏@nick_clegg
Congratulations Katie Taylor on her hard fought gold. Crowd packed with Irish fans. Unbelievable atmosphere. #boxing

John Joe Nevin ‏@johnJoeNevin
Team mate does it in style an honour to be on the same team as #katietaylor fb.me/JaQPAKIA

JEDWARD ‏@planetjedward
Katie Taylor has the coolest Bling Now in Ireland! an Olympic Gold Medal! Oh yeah Lets Go Katie Lets Go!

ESPN Olympics ‏@ESPNOlympics
The Irish support of boxer Katie Taylor was unbelievable! One of the best moments in the London Games.

Lennox Lewis ‏@LennoxLewis
“Irie”land was definitely in the house for Katie Taylor. Congrats Katie. #WorldClass

Katie Taylor fans in Bray Co Wicklow during her Olympic final boxing match. Image credit: Conor McCabe Photography

Katie Taylor fans gather in Bray, Co Wicklow, on 9 August 2012, to watch her Olympic final boxing match at London 2012. Image by Conor McCabe Photography

Paul McGrath ‏@Paulmcgrath5
Katie Taylor, just brilliant. Could not be prouder of you. Not a dry eye in Ireland when they sang our anthem and raised the Irish flag.

Tony Parsons ‏@TonyParsonsUK
Fast, hard and fearless – Katie Taylor, Jade Jones and Nicola Adams just redefined what it means to “fight like a girl.”

Paddy Barnes ‏@paddyb_ireland
Katie Taylor!!! Unreal!!! That is all 🙂

Alastair Campbell ‏@campbellclaret
Katie Taylor hugging her dad (coach) as she wins Gold one of the great moments of the Games. Ireland craic going to be good tonight

Ruby Walsh ‏@Ruby_Walsh
A legend has become a lifetime legend. Well done Katie Taylor.

Marty Morrissey ‏@Marty_Morrissey
KATIE TAYLOR- OLYMPIC CHAMPION!!!!!! The only woman Irish men fear more than their Mammies!!!

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic