Team Ireland finished 41st in the overall medal table for the London Games. 204 countries took part with only 85 countries making it on to the medals table.
Ireland’s five medallists; Katie Taylor (Gold), John Joe Nevin (Silver) Paddy Barnes , Michael Conlan, and Cian O’Connor were supported by some excellent performances in, for example: 4th places by Rob Heffernan (50km race walking) ; Annalise Murphy 4th Laser Radial Sailing; a team eventing 5th place; individual 7th place for Aoife Clarke; Natayla Coyle 9th Modern Pentathlon; Andrez Jezierski 9th C1 200m canoe;10th place for Hannah Craig Canoe Slalom ; David Burrows and Peter O’Leary’s 10th place in the Star category.
In addition the 4x 400 womens relay were ranked 13th ; Sanita Puspure 13th Single scull Rowing ; 13th Martyn Irvine men’s omnium cycling; 13th Olive Loughnane 20km walk; 14th Joseph Murphy individual eventing and Matt McGovern/ Ryan Seaton 14th 49er sailing category. Canoeist Eoin Rheinisch 14th Derval O’Rourke 15th made their respective semi finals and were ranked 14th and 15th respectively.
66 athletes competed for Team Ireland in 14 sports.
43 athletes competed in their first Olympic Games, 15 in their second Games, 4 in their third and 4 in a fourth Games.
Three medals were won by athletes competing in their second Games (O’Connor, Barnes and Nevin) and two (Taylor and Conlan ) in their first Olympic Games.