Hero’s welcome for fighting Irish

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Thursday, August 11th, 2016
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Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has congratulated Cathal Fegan and his students after their stunning display at the 2016 Tae Kwon Do World Championships in England last week. taekwondo1The group returned home to a hero’s welcome in Sliverbridge on Friday night with an incredible haul of nine gold medals, 13 silver and 18 bronze. “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,” she said. “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. taekwondo2Fearon added, “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.” Councillor Terry Hearty also offered his congratulations to the group. “This group is nothing short of inspirational,” he said. “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.” Independent Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer also commended the group. “I would like to commend Cathal, Tanya and everyone else at Cathal Fegans 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.
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Annie newry times box adHe added, “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.”
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