Monday 26 September 2016

Hands off our golden girl Katie!

Published 09/08/2012 | 17:00

By mistakenly describing her as "British" the 'Daily Telegraph' newspaper inadvertently paid boxer Katie Taylor, who today fights for Olympic gold, the ultimate compliment.

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It has long been a cliché that successful Irish sportspeople, entrepreneurs, writers, actors, etc, are described as "British" by the UK media when things are going well but as "Irish" when things are going less well.

In fairness, the Telegraph rapidly issued an apology for its blunder, stating that: "We're sorry for mistakenly describing the fantastic boxer Katie Taylor as British . . . She is Irish, of course".

Hands off Katie, she's ours!

Let's not be too hard on our British neighbours, who apart from having done a superb job of organising the London 2012 Olympics, are also on course for their largest medal haul in over a century.

We in Ireland have much to learn from Team GB's successful preparations for this year's Olympics.

At the time of writing, Team GB had already racked up 22 gold medals.

Katie, who fights Russian boxer Sofya Ochigava in the women's lightweight final today, remains by far our best hope of winning a gold medal at this year's Olympics.

So good luck to Katie today. We will all be cheering her on for Olympic gold.

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