How and when to watch Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening ceremony - Who are Ireland’s flagbearers

How and when to watch Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening ceremony - Who are Ireland’s flagbearers

Irish Boxers Harrington and Brendan Irvine are flagbearers for Ireland for Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony, this Friday July 23rd 2021

Each country is asked to have 2 carriers of their National Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, one female, and one male

Irish Boxers Kellie Harrington and Brendan Irvine have been chosen for Team Ireland.

As flag bearers for Friday's Olympic Games opening ceremony in Tokyo, both spoke of the honour it is to lead their country out in the Olympics.

"This means so much to me, to be able to represent not only myself as a person, but as a boxer, for boxing, for my family and for Ireland.

"It's an amazing honour, there are so many athletes out here, and to be chosen as one of the flagbearers is absolutely fantastic. I can’t believe it really. Walking out there and realising I’m the flagbearer, it’s the start of the Olympic Games, and I’m at the pinnacle of our sport." said Kellie Harrington who competes in her debut Olympics.

Brendan Irvine, also the captain of the Irish boxing team, competed in the last Olympics in Rio, and will compete in the flyweight category. He tweeted:

“Just jumping back on to say a huge thanks to everyone for the support.

Absolutely honoured & delighted to be named Flag bearer for my great country  something I will be forever proud off! The first male and female flag bearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics! Flag of Ireland #Olympics2021 #ire “

The 2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. local time in Japan on Friday 23rd July.

Summer Olympic Games will run from 23rd July – 8th August 2021.

In Ireland and UK, this is 12:00 noon on July 23rd, 1:00pm in Central European Time (Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Madrid).
With the United States' Eastern Standard Time being 13 hours behind Japan, it's going to be an early morning 7:00am for those in the U.S. & Canada who want to watch the ceremony live from Boston, New York or Toronto, while in Central Time as in Chicago, it is 6:00am, and on the West Coast of America in Seattle and California it will be 4am.
Our audience in Australia - can catch the opening ceremony at 19:00 in Perth, 20:30 in Adelaide, 21:00 in Sydney and Melbourne.

Here at IrishPost Sport  we'll bring you highlights from the Irish camp and of the Irish competitors, athletes and Olympians throughout.

Irish TV & Radio stations of RTE will have 24-hour coverage on RTÉ.ie/sport and the RTÉ News app – plus comprehensive coverage (including live) on RTÉ2, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Player  including throughout the night when the Irish are competing, such as starting with the Irish rowers starting on July 23rd at 1:30am.  The Opening Ceremony coverage begins at 11:30am Irish/UK time.

From the UK, the BBC will bring live coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics  across BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and online
The Opening Ceremony coverage begins on BBC One at 11:20am Friday.

Wherever the Irish are throughout the world, your Local Television networks and channels throughout the globe will be covering the Opening Ceremony of this year's Tokyo Olympics 2020, in 24 hours time, from 8pm local time in Japan.

Enjoy and support the Irish 116 athletes in 19 different sports!