Wednesday 21 March 2018

Eve is example of town's TEAM spirit

Paralympic medallist will lead the St Patrick's Day Parade in Dundalk

Eve McCrystal
Eve McCrystal

Margaret Roddy

Bellurgan's Eve McCrystal is a shining example of Dundalk's TEAM spirit which is being celebrated in this year's St Patrick's Day Parade.

Eve, who won gold and silver medals in the Rio Paralympics when she piloted blind cyclist Katie-George Dunlevy to success, has been picked as Grand Marshal to lead the parade through Dundalk's streets.

It's the latest honour to be bestowed on the garda, who has won numerous sports awards for her remarkable achievements.

The theme of this year's parade is 'TEAM Dundalk' which has been inspired by Eve's phenomenal achievements in Rio alongside numerous Dundalk everyday successes.

David Minto Chairperson of the St Patrick's Day Parade committee said Eve's acceptance of the Grand Marshall role in the Parade serves to highlight the importance of a TEAM spirit in Dundalk. 'TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More,' he explained. 'Eve's outstanding success in the cycling word is proof that TEAM works. And it's not just confined to sport - everyday in Dundalk people comes together for their club, for their community, for charity, many of which will be taking part in the parade with Eve - and it all makes a huge difference to our town.'

He also thanked their sponsors Fyffes, Louth County Council and Longwalk Shopping Centre, whom he said are also part of that TEAM Dundalk network.

A delighted Eve said: 'I am honoured and thrilled to have been invited to be the Grand Marshall in this year's Dundalk St Patrick's Day Parade. It's going to be an unforgettable experience for me in that I get to share it with my children, family, friends, - all in Dundalk. I am so happy that this year's parade theme is TEAM Dundalk and hope to be a good ambassador for that theme.'

The St Patrick's Day Parade takes place in Dundalk on Friday, March 17 at 1pm. Contact Kim or Chloe in Dundalk Chamber of Commerce at 042 9336343 or for details on how to take part.

Irish Independent