Tae Kwon Do team congratulated on world championship victory

August 8, 2016

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has congratulated Cathal Fegan and his students after their stunning display at the Tae Kwon Do World Championships, which were held in England last week.

The group returned home to a hero’s welcome in Sliverbridge on Friday night with their incredible haul of forty medals – nine gold, 13 silver and 18 bronze.

Offering her congratulations, Ms Fearon said: “Cathal’s Tae Kwon Do school in south Armagh continues to go from strength to strength but this must surely be their greatest victory to date.  Not only was it an incredible achievement bringing the first ever all-Ireland team to the World Championships but to return home with 40 medals is just outstanding.

“When I met some of the members of the group at a grading in Ti Chulainn last year I was hugely impressed by them.  While I am absolutely delighted with what they have achieved, having seen them in action I am not at all surprised.  The entire team is an absolute credit to themselves, their families and their area; they should be very proud of their achievements, south Armagh certainly is,” she added.

Councillor Terry Hearty also offered his congratulations to the group, describing the athletes as “inspirational”.

“They have not just won a remarkable haul of medals here; they have sent a message out to all the young people in the area, boys and girls, that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.  They have been fantastic ambassadors for south Armagh and the entire area is very, very proud of them,” he said.

Independent Newry City councillor Kevin McAteer also commended the Tae Kwon Do schools for their enormous success representing Ireland.

“I would like to commend Cathal, Tanya and everyone else at Cathal Fegan’s schools of Tae Kwon Do for their massive success. It shows that the hard work everyone has been putting into the clubs over the years has paid off,” he said.

“As a former student I have seen firsthand the hard work everyone puts into the clubs and it comes as no surprise that they have been so successful. Roll on the next tournament so they can add more medals to their tally.”