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Brady congratulates our latest World Champ, forced to train in her kitchen

23 November, 2006

Sinn Féin's Bray councillor Johnny Brady has added his congratulations to Katie Taylor and her family following her historic achievement at the fourth women's world boxing championships in India. Cllr Brady, who knows the family well, expressed his personal delight at her victory, and pointed out the difficulties she had to surmount along the way to her gold medal.

Cllr Brady said: "Katie's success is a phenomenal achievement for an Irish athlete and is the first medal Irelandhas ever won at this level in boxing. A true all-rounder, she also represents Ireland in soccer. Bray has a lot to be proud of in Katie's accomplishments and I hope she gets the welcome she deserves when she returns home.

"But what makes her achievement all the more astonishing is that Katie was obliged to train for the World Championships in her kitchen. Her club, St Fergal's, which caters to young people of both sexes from around Bray, has no dedicated training facility for its members. Eighteen months ago I worked with Katie's father and coach, Peter Taylor to obtain from Bray Town Council a disused shed in the harbour area, but the land has still not been rezoned.

"I note that Minister John O'Donoghue has also congratulated Katie on her success and perhaps I would take this opportunity to raise with the Minister the need to properly fund not just St Fergal's, but all the sporting clubs and organisations catering to people from areas of high disadvantage in this state."CRÍOCH

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