Arriving on a flotilla of powerboats and yachts lead by the Dun Laoghaire branch of the RNLI, silver medal winning Olympian Annalise Murphy was welcomed home by crowds at Dun laoghaire harbour yesterday evening. Dun Laoghaire harbour is where the athlete spent much of her childhood practising the skills that lead her to win her much deserved silver medal.
Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy was given a hero’s welcome at her home sailing club in Dún Laoghairehttps://t.co/vv6yBbJENm
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The celebrations continued into the People’s park where at a presentation Cormac Devlin, the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown cathaoirleach, announced the Annalise Murphy Sailing Bursary. This will be a joint collaboration with DLRCC and UCD, where the Olympian studied. The bursary of €5,000 will be awarded each year to an outstanding young sailor who doesn’t come from a ‘traditional sailing background’ to assist them in the third level education.
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The event continued with interviews with Annalise and other Olympic heroes, and there was music, dancing, entertainment and fireworks all to celebrate her wonderful achievement.
The 26 year old narrowly missed out on a medal in the 2012 London Olympics. But her determination paid off and she did her country proud. She is an inspiration young people and hopefully will inspire a new generation to follow in her footsteps.