Irish international women's footballer Katie Taylor won the lightweight boxing final at the London 2012 Olympics, taking home Ireland's first gold medal, prompting many of her compatriots to take to twitter to praise "a true Irish hero".
Shay Given led the tributes, saying he was "Buzzing. Katie taylor a true irish hero. Congrats Katie. Olympic champion. Gold medal coming home." Fellow goalkeeper Darren Randolph was also full of praise, especially as both Taylor and Randolph come from Bray in County Wicklow: "BOOM!!!!! Gold for Katie Taylor!! Told you! Bringing the gold back to Bray!!"
Reading's Sean Long said "Loving that from Katie Taylor. First Gold for Ireland and it couldn't go to a better athlete!" while West Bromwich Albion striker Simon Cox praised both Taylor and her huge Irish support: "Well done Katie an well done to the fans who are there some atmosphere there."
FC Haka duo Shane McFaul and Shane Robinson were quickly online to add to the tributes flowing in. Robinson claimed that "Nobody deserved that more" while McFaul called Taylor an "absolute legend."
Noel Hunt and Stephen Henderson expressed the relief of many Irish fans who waited nervously for Taylor to be announced the winner after a close fight. Hunt exclaimed "Yeeeeesssssss get in there u little beauty Katie we've waited a while but it's the firsts gold medal for Ireland and my god was it worth it!" while Henderson said "well done katie taylor,heart was in my mouth last round.irish fans were quality as always."