Young boxers honoured with Civic reception

September 14, 2015

Three young female boxers from the local area were honoured at a ceremony in Crossmaglen on Friday evening in recognition of their outstanding success in the European Women’s Youth and Junior Boxing Championships, held in Hungary last month.

Crossmaglen’s Orla Garvey and Shauna O’Callaghan lifted silver medals in the competition while Amy Broadhurst from Dundalk scooped gold.

The trio were congratulated by Newry, Mourne and Down Chairperson Naomi Bailie who described them as “inspirational”.

A huge crowd of well wishers gathered in the local Community Centre to welcome the girls, who were dropped off at the venue in style by the local Fire Brigade.

Recognising their achievements, Chairperson Naomi Bailie said: “It’s always fantastic when people from the area are chosen to represent the country but these three girls went one step further and got Team Ireland on the podium.  The amount of dedication, talent, hard work and training the girls put into the European Championships is truly inspirational, especially when you consider they achieved all this while still dealing with the ordinary pressures of being young women.

“As Chairperson of the new super council I want to let you know that the entire council area of Newry, Mourne and Down, but South Armagh in particular, is immensely proud of you.”

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty also congratulated the girls adding that they have a bright future ahead of them

“I have to say I’m filled with immense pride to be from this area tonight,” he told those gathered.

“Not only did these tremendous ambassadors for Crossmaglen and Dundalk go to Europe to represent Ireland but they really proved their mettle by bringing home this haul of medals.This is an incredible achievement but I have no doubt that we have yet to see the best of these athletes.  When I look at the girls and the grit and determination they have displayed what I see are the Katie Taylors of tomorrow.”

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon described the girls as role models.

“I’m particularly pleased to see young women from the area excelling to such a level in sport, especially a sport not traditionally associated with women,” she said.  “These girls have shown us all what you can achieve with hard work and self belief.  They are terrific role models, not just for the young women of south Armagh but for young women across Ireland.”