Hero's homecoming at alma mater for silver boxer Kellie
Boxer Kellie Harrington was given a hero's welcome when she returned to her former school to encourage young girls to follow their dreams.
The 26-year-old, who won a silver medal in the Women's World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan last month, returned to St Vincent's Girls' School in Dublin's north inner city yesterday.
With pen and paper poised for autographs, the girls were delighted as she took to the stage.
"You can all do what I'm doing or you can do it in a different sport or in anything. If you really want it, you just put your mind to it. You set your target, your goals," she said.
"I hope in the future to be sitting down here watching some of you up here," she told the cheering throng.
The self-effacing young boxer then went through the assembly room to personally give each of her adoring young fans a high five. "Kellie Harrington is awesome," said one of the pupils.
Her friend Susan Mangan presented her with a cheque for €2,500 from the local fundraising committee as well as a €5,000 donation on behalf of Dublin City Council to help fund her training programme. She noted that the money will allow her to focus more on training and less on work to support her career.