Hero’s homecoming for golden girl Dearbhail

August 10, 2015

Triple Olympic medal winner, Dearbhail Savage, was given a hero’s welcome when she returned to her home in Clady on Thursday evening, following her resounding success in the Special Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to congratulate the talented teenager who scooped three medals – two gold and a silver – in the equestrian discipline at last week’s games.

SDLP councillor Sharon Haughey-Grimley led the plaudits and addressing those gathered, said: “It gives me great pleasure on behalf of Armagh City, Craigavon and Banbridge Borough Council to congratulate Clady’s very own Olympian Champion Dearbhail Savage on her fantastic feat at the Special Olympics in LA.

“We are all so proud of you Dearbhail. You are an inspiration to us all, young and old alike. You dreamed big, you worked hard and you achieved a remarkable feat winning three Special Olympics medals.”

Commending Dearbhail’s supporters who travelled to the Games with her, she added: “There was also fantastic media coverage of the games and there were two things that all the commentators reporting on the Special Olympics agreed on – firstly that Dearbhail Savage was the smile, the personality and heart of Team Ireland, enjoying every minute of this once in a lifetime experience and greeting well wisher from around the world. Dearbhail was in her element, our own wee celebrity.

“The second thing that all the commentators agreed on was that when Dearbhail Savage took to the Equestrian stage to compete, she done so with professionalism and determination. Dearbhail went for Gold and she came home with two gold medals and one silver, an amazing accomplishment.  Well done and keep enjoying every minute of this experience. You are simply the best!”

Adding his congratulations to Dearbhail, Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady said she “has been a fantastic ambassador for her county and her country and it’s great to see her getting the recognition she deserves”.

Councillors Gareth Keating and Darren McNally were also in Clady to welcome Dearbháil home.

“Dearbháil has been a credit to her family, her village, her county and her country and that is evident when you look around here this evening and see the delight and the pride on everybody’s face.  Dearbháil has done much more than win a medal, she’s brought this entire community together and that’s a really special thing,” Councillor Keating said.

Echoing his colleague’s comments, Councillor McNally added: “When you look around at the crowd here, the reception, the effort that has gone in to letting Dearbháil know how proud everyone is of her; that really says it all.  This is no less than Dearbháil deserves and I’m sure we can expect more of the same from her in the future.”