Sunday 11 December 2016

Swim champ is pretty in pink

Published 24/08/2010 | 05:00

SILVER medal champion Grainne Murphy put on her gladrags for a night on the tiles last night as she celebrated her 'debs' with Castletroy College classmates.

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The 17-year-old swimmer from New Ross, Co Wexford, became an overnight sporting celebrity after winning a silver medal at the European Championships in Budapest earlier this month.

She took time out from her training schedule yesterday to get her hair done ahead of the knees-up at the Radisson Hotel.

But there will be no stretch limos or expensive designer dresses for the promising young athlete.

"She's wearing a pink multi-layered dress," her mother Mary told the Irish Independent. "It's just a normal off-the-peg dress."

Her father Brendan will be chauffeuring her and her date to the ball. But he's on strict orders to pick her up at 2.30am, according to her mother.

"Her sleep is important to her," she said.

Grainne's gruelling training schedule normally has her getting up at 4.30am six days a week to train for three hours and returning to the University of Limerick for another four-hour session in the afternoon.

But she would be forgiven for having a lie-in this morning.

Grainne's escort, Ken Breathnach from Waterford, is a senior at the college and a swimmer.

Irish Independent

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