Katie fights nerves as Grand Marshal
Published 02/03/2011 | 05:00
WORLD champion boxer Katie Taylor will face her toughest battle to date at this year's St Patrick's Parade. A battle to contain her nerves, that is.
The 24-year-old featherweight has been chosen as Grand Marshal for this year's St Patrick's Festival Parade in Dublin.
Katie has won some 100 fights out of 106 but her steely nerve will be tested on March 17 as she leads the parade from O Connell Street to Patrick's Street. "I'll probably be more nervous leading the parade than I would be stepping into the ring," she said.
Despite her worry Katie is thrilled to be asked to be Grand Marshal. "It's such a great honour."
The three-time International Boxing Association World Title winner has fond memories of past parades and said it was a family tradition to travel from her home in Bray, Co Wicklow, to watch the Dublin parade. "It was always a family day out for us."
Katie is not the only sports star to be involved in St Patrick's Parades.
Irish rugby legend, John Hayes; former soccer manager, Eoin Hand; transatlantic rower, Sean McGowan and Limerick All-Star hurler, Gary Kirby will all escort Limerick's parade through the city's streets.
Our picture shows Katie with Vijaya Bateson from Artastic.