You may not have noticed, but Rio 2016 was Ireland’s most successful Olympic Games in decades. This detail was easy to miss, though.
It was obscured by a great many things: by Michael O’Reilly failuring a drug test on the eve of the Games; by the various difficulties experienced by boxers Katie Taylor, Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes; by a boxing scoring system that robbed Irish fighters of clear wins and medals; and above...
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