Saturday 7 December 2019

Council honours European champ

John Manning

Fingal's European Champion boxer got the recognition she deserved in her home county last week when Fingal County Council decided to honour Ballyboughal boxer, Niamh Fay, with a civic reception at County Hall.

Fingal County Council has held a civic reception at County Hall in Swords in honour of boxing champion Niamh Fay who won gold at the European Youth Boxing Championships.

A member of Swords Boxing Club, the Ballyboughal native won the gold medal when she defeated Croatia's Nikolina Cacic in Sofia, Bulgaria in September.

The 17-year-old comes from fine boxing stock - her father, Gary Fay, is her trainer and a former Irish title-holder, while younger brother John Fay won bronze at the Europeans last year.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said: 'I'm honoured to host the first civic reception of my tenure to recognise an inspirational athlete. Niamh was the only Irish boxer to reach the finals from a team of 19, and the youngest boxer in the finals overall.

'Her long list of achievements reflects an incredible work ethic - she is currently training twice a day throughout the week and also studying for her Leaving Cert.

;I was particularly struck by how humble Niamh is given her talent, and I have no doubt that she can go as far as she wants to in the world of boxing.

'I hope that in years to come Niamh returns to Fingal with a gold medal around her neck from the Olympic Games.'

Chief Executive of Fingal County Council AnnMarie Farrelly said: 'Niamh has made Fingal proud with admirable dedication, skill and determination.

'It's important that we recognise and appreciate a truly inspirational athlete, and I'd like to commend Niamh and Swords Boxing Club on their fantastic victory.'

It was a proud day for Niamh, her family and Swords Boxing Club.

Fingal Independent