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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Taylor adversary invited to All-Ireland hurling final

Coilin Duffy

TEAM GB women's boxer Natasha Jonas has been invited to the All-Ireland hurling final next month at Croke Park.

Jonas was beaten by Katie Taylor in the women's lightweight quarter-final on Monday, but was there to cheer on the Co Wicklow heroine as she took gold at the ExCeL Arena on Thursday.

Jonas joined Irish fans afterwards at the adjacent FEDE Restaurant and Bar, where she received an invite to the final from GAA Insurance manager Sinead Quinn.

"Natasha is going to come to the All-Ireland Hurling Final with her coach Dave Alloway from Wales," the Mullingar native said.

"They are big fans of hurling."

Ms Quinn said Jonas is hoping to make the game.

"Natasha knows where Croke Park is and she really wants to come over.

"She is really excited about getting the chance to witness an All-Ireland final and we are really looking forward to having her."

Jonas was also keen to heap praise on Ireland's first Olympic boxing gold medallist in 20 years since Michael Carruth.

"She is a big fan of Katie's and was glad that the best boxer won the gold."

Ms Quinn added: "We were sorry that she didn't win the silver, because it was the best fight on Monday."

Irish Independent

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