WORLD champion boxer Katie Taylor will lead Dublin's St Patrick's Day parade as this year's Grand Marshal, organisers announced today.
The 24-year-old native of Bray, Co Wicklow, was chosen for her significant contribution to Irish sport and culture.
The lightweight boxer made Irish boxing history after being the first contender to box in Ireland's first officially sanctioned women's bout at the age of 15 in 2001.
She began boxing at the age of 12 under the guidance of her coach and father Peter Taylor, who won the 1986 Irish senior light heavyweight title.
She follows in the footsteps of legendary GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh, Ireland football legend Packie Bonner and Olympic sprinter Eamonn Coghlan.
The traditional parade on St Patrick's Day is among the main attractions of this year's festival, running from March 16 to 20.
Other highlights include the National Lottery Skyfest pyrotechnical display taking place in Wexford town on March 19.