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  • Northside East

Champion Kellie proud as punch

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 7:58am
Champion Kellie proud as punch

Pictured is Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring with 2018 Women’s World Boxing Champion Kellie Harrington. PHOTOS: KARL HUSSEY/FENNELL PHOTGRAPHY

Champion Kellie proud as punch

Pictured is Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring with 2018 Women’s World Boxing Champion Kellie Harrington. PHOTOS: KARL HUSSEY/FENNELL PHOTGRAPHY

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LORD Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring hosted a civic reception for World Boxing Champion Kellie Harrington on her return from the World Championships in India.

Hundreds of people turned out to welcome Kellie on her home patch in Sean McDermott Street after she won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. 

The Lord Mayor said the whole of the north inner city was buzzing when news of Kellie's victory got around.

"Kellie is a local girl, born and reared in the north inner city,” said Mayor Ring.

“I know her well and appreciate all the work she has done to promote sport in the area through her involvement with Dublin City Council.

"She is inspirational to so many young people in the area and now to brag that we have a world champion from the area is incredible, although we always knew Kellie would do it.

"Having presided over the Dubs’ four-in-a-row, the Ladies’ All-Ireland win, the hockey team success, the Papal visit, the Presidential inauguration and Ireland's victory over New Zealand I didn't think it could get any better - until my good friend and neighbour Kellie goes and wins a gold medal in the Women's World Boxing Championships.”

Prior to the reception, Mayor Ring said: “My budget for events is shot to pieces but we had to find a few bob to allow the people of the north inner city, Dublin and Ireland to recognise and celebrate Kellie's magnificent victory. 

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, and the Minister with responsibility for Sport, Brendan Griffin also congratulated Kellie on her magnificent triumph.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Kellie at the launch of the National Sports Policy in her own backyard earlier this year and I am delighted to see all her hard work has paid off this week,” said Minister Ross. 

Kellie Harrington is all smiles as she shows off her AIBA Women’s World Boxing gold medal.

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