Boxer Katie Taylor (left) in action in the ring.
Place of birth: Bray
Previous Olympics: 0
Previous medals: 0
Katie Taylor has waited a long time to make her mark on the inaugural women's Olympic boxing tournament.
She has a significant boxing pedigree - her father Peter was 1986 Irish senior light-heavyweight champion and she made history at the age of just 15 by winning the first-ever officially-sanctioned women's boxing match held in Ireland.
Taylor has dominated the 60 kilograms category at the European and World Amateur Championships since 2005 and has established a reputation as one of the leading names in the sport.
As well as being handy in the ring, Taylor is a keen footballer and has captained the national women's team.