The civic reception for European Youth Champion boxer Niamh Fay was attended by Niamh and loved ones, members of Swords Boxing Club, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council AnnMarie Farrelly, and various Councillors.

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”.