Golden girl Kelly proves a real knockout on return to alma mater

by Gazette Reporter
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Youthreach North Great Georges Street changed my  life for the better and laid the platform for my successes 

Kelly Harrington recently visited Youthreach, North Great Georges St, D1, with her Olympic Gold medal.  

Kelly arrived at the centre 20 minutes earlier than expected to which she joked ‘it must have been a first’ and was welcomed by Drama & ESL teacher Anthony Ferns.

Kelly loved looking through the special wall of photographs of her time participating in activities in NGGS Youthreach.   

Brother Martin Byrne presented Kelly with a book ‘Writing on the Wall’ of which he is the author , with an article written by Kelly in it, while she was in Youthreach. Kelly signed the book and presented it back to Brother Martin for display in the centre for the future.  

Kellie with beautician teacher Emma Kinsilla

 Anthony ‘welcomed back the champ’ and highlighted that the photographs were not just beautiful memories but a reflection of Kelly’s character in participating in everything that was offered to her in Youthreach.   

“Kelly kept participating in activities in outside life. Boxing was the thing she loved, focused on, and gave it total dedication. She developed her talent in the sport. That’s the big reason Kelly brought the gold medal back to Ireland,” he stressed.   

Anthony told of former coordinator Pat Deery’s story of Kelly rescuing an injured bird in the very same garden 15 years ago which she remembered with pride.   

Kelly said Youthreach North Great Georges Street “changed her life for the better and laid the platform for her successes since.”

 She encouraged current students to follow their dreams, participate in all events the centre has to offer and listen to their teachers. She emphasised that some of the best times of her life occurred while she was a student there.

Kellie with Zara Clarke Jodie Taite and Donna Maughan

She revealed that she would remain amateur so that she could box in the next Olympics in Paris. 

Kelly was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a framed collection of her photographs from her time in the centre. Later on her Instagram page she wrote:  “Always nice to catch up with the people who never gave upon me and really helped my development as a person.” 

Youthreach is a full-time training course, 35 hours per week, for two years for 16- to 20-year-olds. Don’t hesitate to contact the centre for advice and help at  

[email protected] or call us on 086 1074500

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