Paddy Barnes says carrying Ireland flag in Rio will be 'like winning a medal'

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes says he's "over the moon" to have been named flag bearer for the Irish Olympic team in Rio.

"I hold this honour up there just as high as having won the medals in London and Beijing," said the twice Olympic light-flyweight bronze medallist.

Barnes' team-mate Katie Taylor won gold in London after being the Irish flag bearer at the opening ceremony in the British capital and the Belfast man is confident that he will achieve the same feat.