Tuesday 16 January 2018

Katie Taylor joins Stephanie Roche's homecoming celebrations in Dublin

Stephanie Roche at her homecoming party at Brady's Pub, Shankill, Co. Dublin
Stephanie Roche at her homecoming party at Brady's Pub, Shankill, Co. Dublin
Stephanie Roche at her homecoming party at Brady's Pub, Shankill, Co. Dublin along with Katie Taylor
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Olympic gold medallists and politicians joined in the celebrations as Stephanie Roche was given a homecoming party in her native Shankill to recognise her recent achievements.

The Irish international finished as runner-up to Real Madrid and Colombia star James Rodriguez for the FIFA Puskas Goal of the Year earlier this week, with her 1.1 million votes treble that of the other finalist Robin van Persie.

Her incredible strike for Peamount United was seen more than six million times on YouTube and her local community was keen to toast the soccer sensation on her return home.

John Brady, owner of Brady's Bar Shankill, threw a party for family and friends last night with the star of the moment arriving in a stretch limo.

Roche, who wowed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the gala awards ceremony in Zurich, was later given a bouquet of flowers and a piece of Dublin Crystal by the bar.

As well as family, friends and boyfriend and fellow footballer Dean Zambra, other public figures dropped in to support the Irish international.

Stephanie Roche at her homecoming party at Brady's Pub, Shankill, Co. Dublin along with Katie Taylor
Stephanie Roche at her homecoming party at Brady's Pub, Shankill, Co. Dublin along with Katie Taylor

Olympic champion Katie Taylor was among those to attend the bash and both women were seen taking pictures on their mobile phones. Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O' Connor also went to the celebrations with her son.

Roche appeared on the The Late Late Show on Friday night where she thanked the public for the widespread support while admitting she was disappointed not to win the award.

"I'd think I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed," she said.

"I think as a footballer and as a sportsperson, you obviously want to win everything you want to go in to. But at the same time I was just so proud of the support I got from everybody.

"That is what gave me the hope and belief I had a chance because of the support all over Ireland and the world was so good."

Roche was also at the centre of attention following a picture from the ceremony which showed Cristaino Ronaldo and Lionel Messi focusing their attentions on the Irish international as she strode past the stars.

Stephanie Roche at the FIFA awards this evening in Zurich
Stephanie Roche at the FIFA awards this evening in Zurich

"I think there might have been something on the ground they were looking at that caught their eye," she joked

"Obviously that photo was going around a lot and my friends text me directly after the awards to say 'don't be too disappointed, you had two of the best footballers eyeing you up.'"

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