Thursday 23 March 2017

A Hero's Welcome as Katie Taylor and Michael O'Reilly return home with the gold medals

Team Ireland medal winners, left to right, Sean McComb, Men's Boxing Light 60kg bronze, Michael O'Reilly, Men's Boxing Middle 75kg gold, Katie Taylor, Women's Boxing Light 60kg gold, Joshua Magee, Mixed Doubles Badminton bronze, Brendan Irvine, Men's Boxing Light Fly 49kg silver, Sam Magee, Men's and Mixed Doubles Badminton bronze and Chloe Magee, Mixed Doubles Badminton bronze on their return from the 2015 Baku European Games. Terminal One, Dublin Airport. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland medal winners, left to right, Sean McComb, Men's Boxing Light 60kg bronze, Michael O'Reilly, Men's Boxing Middle 75kg gold, Katie Taylor, Women's Boxing Light 60kg gold, Joshua Magee, Mixed Doubles Badminton bronze, Brendan Irvine, Men's Boxing Light Fly 49kg silver, Sam Magee, Men's and Mixed Doubles Badminton bronze and Chloe Magee, Mixed Doubles Badminton bronze on their return from the 2015 Baku European Games. Terminal One, Dublin Airport. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
29 June 2015; Team Ireland gold medallists Michael O'Reilly, Men's Boxing Middle 75kg gold and Katie Taylor, Women's Boxing Light 60kg gold, are greeted by fans on their return from the 2015 Baku European Games. Terminal One, Dublin Airport. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
29 June 2015; Katie Taylor, Team Ireland, signs an autograph for Sophie Clancy, 12, of St. Josephs Boxing Club, Edenderry, on her return from the 2015 Baku European Games. Terminal One, Dublin Airport. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
29 June 2015; Katie Taylor, Team Ireland, with her father and coach Pete Taylor on their return from the 2015 Baku European Games. Terminal One, Dublin Airport. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Sharon McGowan

THERE was a hero’s welcome for Katie Taylor and Michael O'Reilly at Dublin Airport this morning as the champion boxer celebrated another gold medal.

The Olympic hero polished off another impressive win at the European Games in Baku.

Bray Taylor native greeted crowds of fans as she returned home with teammates from the games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

O’Reilly (22) made it double gold for Ireland when he shocked home favourite Xaybula Musalov to claim the middleweight title.

Katie stopped to give autographs to Ellie Maher (10) and Sophie Clancy (12) from St Joseph’s boxing club, Edenderry.

Although the boxer was not at her best following a recent wrist injury, she still proved a cut above her competition as she added the inaugural lightweight gold to her Olympic crown and five world championship titles.

Katie (28) was all smiles as she showed off her latest gold medal to add to the collection.

“It’s fantastic, I don’t think I’ll ever really get used to it,” she told the Herald.

“The reception is phenomenal. It’s great to come home with another gold medal.”

Although she’s a knockout success in the Olympic ring, Katie said that each boxing match is as important as the next.

“To win any major competition is amazing – I don’t rate one above the other,” she said.

While she’s enjoying her latest win, Katie doesn’t have long to rest as she has her sights set on Rio next year.

“I have to qualify first but definitely my sights are set on the Olympics,” Katie added.

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