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Boxer Taylor gets top county honour

THE first recipient is famous partly through acting as a boxer, with the latest it's no act.

Three-time world champion Katie Taylor was yesterday conferred with the Freedom of County Wicklow in recognition of her outstanding sporting achievements.

She follows in the footsteps of another Wicklow resident, Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day Lewis, who was the first to receive the honour in 2009.

Taylor (24), a former World Boxer of the Year and who will be aiming for gold in next year's Olympics, was conferred with the honour at a special ceremony in Wicklow County Campus in Clermont College, Rathnew.

"The Freedom of the County is an honour that is reserved for a person who has distinguished themselves in their field and who in turn has brought honour to the county in which they live," county manager Eddie Sheehy said.

"We are honoured to have such a remarkable talent living in County Wicklow. What Katie has achieved over the last number of years is quite astonishing."

Taylor's next contest is next month in the All-Ireland competition while she will also take part in the European Championships later in the year where she is a defending champion.

Day Lewis starred in Jim Sheridan's 'The Boxer' in 1997.

Irish Independent