SWORDS Boxing Club’s Niamh Fay was honoured this week by Fingal County Council held a civic reception at County Hall for her gold medal exploits 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, Ann Marie Farrelly added: “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”.