Tuesday 6 December 2016

This Irish granny supporting her grandson is the proudest woman at the Olympics

Sasha Brady

Published 11/08/2016 | 11:55

Pam Coughlan is the proudest woman at the Olympics. Photo: RTE / Philip Bromwell Twitter
Pam Coughlan is the proudest woman at the Olympics. Photo: RTE / Philip Bromwell Twitter
Pam Coughlan and family (including Eoin front left). Photo: Stephen Coughlan / Facebook

This Irish granny is quite possibly the proudest woman at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Eoin Coughlan is representing Australia in the judoka event at this year's Olympics.

Pam Coughlan and family (including Eoin front left). Photo: Stephen Coughlan / Facebook
Pam Coughlan and family (including Eoin front left). Photo: Stephen Coughlan / Facebook
Pam Coughlan is the proudest woman at the Olympics. Photo: RTE / Philip Bromwell Twitter

His Dublin grandmother Pam Coughlan is in Rio to cheer him on.

Before Eoin competed in his sport, Pam was interviewed by RTE News at The Olympics and won over Irish audiences with her unbridled sense of pride.

The 83-year-old from Kilmainham said she was "burstin' with excitement" as she attends the Olympics for the first time but she's so convinced of her grandon's sporting prowess that she's convinced it won't be her last.

In fact, interviewer Philip Bromwell was so impressed with her positive attitude that he shared extra footage of their chat on Twitter.

Unfortunately Eoin was knocked out of the Rio judo competition's first round by Korea's Seungsu Lee.

But with his granny's encouragement, we're sure he'll be back.

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