Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has called for Bray boxer Katie Taylor to be honoured in the most fitting way possible for her achievement in becoming the Undisputed Lightweight champion of the World.
Brady believes a few possibilities need to be taken under consideration to appropriately honour the Wicklow native’s achievements in the world of boxing.
“On Saturday night, Wicklow boxer Katie Taylor in becoming the undisputed lightweight champion of the world made her one of the greatest Irish sportspeople of all time. I believe that we must do something to mark this massive achievement and to honour Katie Taylor.
“In the past, Katie has been granted the freedom of County Wicklow. Daniel Day Lewis is the only other person to hold this accolade. Numerous civic receptions have also been held to honour her many achievements. In 2013, I also proposed a special ‘Katie Taylor Sports Scholarship’. This is now in place and is run every year by Wicklow County Council and is awarded to a young Wicklow sportsperson to help them excel at their sport,” said Brady.
Brady mentioned that he has been in contact with Wicklow County Council, requesting that they look into a number of considerations, including the potential erection of a statue of the fighter in Bray. The TD also suggested naming areas Taylor would have frequented in her younger days in her honour.
“I have contacted Wicklow County Council and have asked them to look at a number of things that should be done to mark the fantastic achievement by Katie Taylor. I believe a statue should be erected in the centre of Bray to honour Katie. I also think that renaming a road in the town, possibly the Southern Cross Road, would be very fitting for the occasion.
“I have also proposed that Ballywaltrim Recreational Park in Bray would be renamed the ‘Katie Taylor Recreational Park’. As a young sportsperson, the park is where Katie would have trained and is central to her community of Ballywaltrim. Her 2012 London Olympic final was also shown on big screens to thousands of supporters in the park.
“I have also asked the council to look at organising a homecoming for Katie in Bray. I think that Katie’s achievement deserves nothing less than these measures, she is a role model of so many and also a hero and I think the people of Bray, Wicklow, and Ireland would expect nothing less,” concluded Brady.