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‘Town of Champions’ Katie Taylor mural to be painted in Bray

A mural celebrating the achievements of undisputed lightweight champion of the world Katie Taylor has been commissioned by Bray Coastcare Group.

Taylor (32) unified the lightweight division in Madison Square Garden at the start of June, when she defeated Delfine Persoon by split-decision to add the WBC title to her already-captured WBO, WBF, and IBF belts.

Following her victory, calls for a statue to be built of Taylor in her hometown of Bray gathered steam, with local councillor Joe Behan saying that he would be proposing its construction at a county council meeting two weeks ago.

However, after Taylor herself expressed reservations towards said statue, attention turned to other possible ways to mark her historical achievement in New York.

Last week, founder and chairperson of Bray Coastcare Group, Seámus Connor received the go-ahead from Bray Municipal District, as well as Katie Taylor herself, to proceed with the painting of a mural in her honour.

Speaking to WicklowNews, Connor said that it was the least that could be done to pay tribute to what Taylor has done in the world of boxing.

“Katie Taylor is such an inspiration for so many people, especially young people,” he said.

“She is so humble and gracious. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Bray Chamber of Commerce Endeavour Awards when we both received awards in 2008.

“I feel a mural to celebrate and honour her is very appropriate and I am glad that she is happy with my proposal and so are the council.”

While the location of the mural has not been announced, it is hoped that it will be on a prominent location at the entrance to Bray main street, pending permission.

The basic design for the painting would involve an image of Katie, with the Irish flag as backdrop, underneath the slogan ‘Welcome to Bray’, and above the phrase ‘Town of Champions’.

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