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County Wicklow: Success proves a tonic for a town that's the butt of bad jokes

Now they have to praise Bray. Nobody could describe Katie Traylor as being from somewhere like Kilcroney or Greystones.

She is our golden girl, and those of us who live in Bray have smiled while blow-ins climb on board the wagon of her success. Day-trippers from Dublin, and companies that never put a penny into boxing or into Bray, want a slice of her.

Crowds milled around the seafront and town centre last week, soaking up whatever sun they could squeeze out of this dull summer. Her success is a tonic, and there has been laughter in the air here instead of the usual moans about our current economic plight or the Irish weather.

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