Welcome home party for successful South Armagh boxers

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Community, Sport
Newry, Mourne and Down Chairperson Naomi Bailie was on hand in Crossmaglen Community Centre to present three young boxers from the area with awards after they lifted silver and gold medals in the European Women’s Youth and Junior Boxing Championships in Hungary last month.
Orla, Amy and Shauna with Chairperson Naomi Bailie and Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon

Orla, Amy and Shauna with Chairperson Naomi Bailie and Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon

Crossmaglen’s Orla Garvey and Shauna O’Callaghan lifted silver medals in the competition while Dundalk’s Amy Broadhurst claimed the gold. A huge crowd gathered in the Community Centre to welcome the girls, who were dropped off at the venue in style by the local Fire Brigade. Handing them each awards from Newry, Mourne and Down Council recognising their achievements Chairperson Naomi Bailie said all three of the girls were inspirational. “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,” she said. “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,” she added. Local Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty also congratulated the girls and said he saw big things in their future. “What a tremendous evening. I have to say I’m filled with immense pride to be from this area tonight. “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,” he added.
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