Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the National Yacht Club are set to welcome home silver medal hero Annalise Murphy to a homecoming event on Thursday 25th August at 6pm in the People’s Park.
Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy arrives in a flotilla with members of all the Dún Laoghaire sailing clubs to the East Pier and will parade with other members of the Irish Olympic team to the People’s Park where they will be officially welcomed home by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Cormac Devlin, National Yacht Club Commodore Larry Power and the Irish Sailing Association.
Commenting on Annalise’s success An Cathaoirleach stated:
”Her dedication and passion for sailing has paid off and we are immensely proud of her achievements to date. I believe it is only right and proper that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, members of the public, and members of her sailing club, the National Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire, will come together to host a celebration in honour of our Olympic hero’s homecoming.
Dún Laoghaire, as a coastal port town, has a long and illustrious sailing tradition and Annalise's success, the first for Ireland in sailing in 36 years is one we will cherish for generations to come. Annalise is a role model for so many other young sports enthusiasts, especially young women, who will be inspired to go on and achieve what she has done for Ireland in Rio."
Annalise, from the National Yacht Club, won the Silver medal in the Women’s single-handed Laser Radial event while her team-mates, in the three other disciplines, Finn Lynch (also of the National Yacht Club) , Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey (49erFX) and Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern (Men’s Skiff) all achieved personal best performances. The celebratory events will also greet local members of the Irish Olympic hockey team Mitch Darling, Kyle Good, Shane O’Donoghue, Alan Sothern, Kirk Shimmins & David Fitzgerald who in a tough group had a notable success in their Olympic campaign over Canada and also Dundrum’s Irish Badminton Olympic hero Scott Evans who impressed defeating two opponents to reach the last 16 in his competition in the process becoming the first Irish person to win an Olympic badminton match.
Annalise Murphy won Ireland’s first Olympic Sailing medal in 36 years at Rio 2016 and the result marks her reward for eleven years of dedication and intensive campaigning.
“I am incredibly happy with my medal. It has been a long road to achieve this, especially since London 2012 but it has been hugely worthwhile,” Annalise said. “My hope is that this medal represents an opportunity for Irish sailing to attract new people to our sport which is ideal for this island nation."
The Homecoming in the People’s Park will host a big stage & screen and will feature a Brazilian Samba band, a dancing troupe, DJ, facepainting, flags, balloons, boat display and possibility of an icecream or two. Joanne Cantwell & David McHugh will be on hand to interview our Olympic heros on stage. This is a fun family event and it will run from 6pm -7.30pm at the latest.
The People’s Park is located between Queen’s Road and Summerhill Road in Dún Laoghaire and is accessible by public transport on the DART, 46A, 7, 75 among other routes.
HOMECOMING CEREMONY DETAILS
Date: Thursday 25 August 2016
Venue: The People’s Park, Dún Laoghaire