Saturday 24 February 2018

Kenneth Egan: It was nerve-wracking, like my Olympic final again

Olympic star just about secures seat on council

Fine Gael local election candidate, Olympic boxing hero Kenny Egan, takes a phone call from a well wisher as he awaits results at the count centre in City West
Fine Gael local election candidate, Olympic boxing hero Kenny Egan, takes a phone call from a well wisher as he awaits results at the count centre in City West

Former Olympic medallist Kenny Egan has likened his first local election experience to a bout in the ring.

The boxer secured one of eight seats up for grabs in the Clondalkin ward despite not reaching the quota of 1569.

"It was nerve wracking, it was like Olympic final time again," he said.

"But I'm just happy to come out on top again."

He was elected alongside Emer Higgans on the eight count.

He said he "was delighted with himself."

"I'm just so happy you know. It's been a long three months knocking on doors, and it's been an experience," he said.

"But I am delighted with myself now. I think I'll make a difference to the youth. That's what I've always targeted straight from the start."

The 32-year-old, who has a well documented battle with alcohol in the past, said he would celebrate the win "with a nice cup of tea."

His mentor Francis Fitzgerald said she was delighted with the local election results.

She said Egan was very committed.

"He's thrown himself into it... he wants to make a difference to his community. He feels that Clondalkin has give a lot to him and he wants to give something back to Clondalkin."

In total Dublin South had a turnout of 42pc with 40 seats filled across Tallaght Central, Tallaght South, Rathfarnham, Templeogue -Terenure, Clondalkin and Lucan.

In Tallaght Central the six seats went to Mick Murphy, Anti-Austerity Alliance, Brendan Ferron, Sinn Féin, Charlie O'Connor, Fianna Fáil, Máire Devine, Sinn Féin, Kieran Mahon, Anti-Austerity Alliance and Mick Duff The Labour Party.

The six seats in Tallaght South went to Cathal King, Sinn Féin, Louise Dunne, Sinn Féin, Martina Genockey, The Labour Party, Brian Leech Anti-Austerity Alliance, Nicky Coules, People Before Profit Alliance and Dermot Richardson Non-Party.

Newly elected councillors for Rathfarnham are Deirdre O'Donovan, Non-Party, Anne-Marie Dermody, Fine Gael, Sarah Holland, Sinn Féin, John Lahart, Fianna Fáil, Paula Donovan, Fine Gael and Francis Noel Duffy, Green Party.

Templeogue -Terenure ward saw Ronan Mc Mahon, Non-Party, Dermot Looney, Non-Party, Fintan Warfield, Sinn Féin, Pamela Kearns, The Labour Party, Colm Brophy, Fine Gael and Paul Foley, Fianna Fail elected.

Clondalkin had eight seats up for grabs which went to Breda Bonner, The Labour Party, Eoin Ó Broin, Sinn Féin, Francis Timmons, Gino Kenny People Before Profit Alliance, Jonathan Graham, Sinn Féin, Trevor Gilligan, Fianna Fáil, Kenneth Egan, Fine Gael and Emer Higgins, Fine Gael.

And finally all seats were filled for the Lucan ward. Paul Nicholas Gogarty, Non-Party, Guss O'Connell, Non-Party, Danny O'Brien, Sinn Féin, William Lavelle, Fine Gael, Ruth Nolan, People Before Profit Alliance, Vicki Casserly, Fine Gael, Ed O'Brien, Fianna Fáil and Liona O'Toole were successful.

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