During the Covid-19 pandemic, there were times when it was eerily quiet, but the arrival gate at Dublin Airport exploded to welcome the homeboxing champion with cheers and the Irish flag. Amy Broadhurst When Lisa Oruk Saturday.
Family, friends, coaches and supporters gathered in Terminal 1 and an Irish amateur boxer returned from the Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul.
Broadhurst and Oruk are back with gold medals on Thursday, winning one after another against respected companies such as Katie Taylor and Kellie Harrington in Turkey.
After walking through the arrivals gate, Co Louth’s Broadhurst, 25, said the reception was “incredible” and the victory hadn’t sunk yet.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I’ve been dreaming about these since I was five and you can’t explain it in the end to make it happen.” She said.
“I’ve always wanted to give up … accomplishing such a big thing is why it kept me moving. I always knew it was made for me.” She said.
O’Rourke, 20, said support from across the country, especially from her hometown of Castleria, was “unrealistic.”
After a surprising victory at Sinan Eldem Dome, she received a congratulatory call from Katie Taylor. “Katey and Kelly, they are people I admire, every girl in boxing admire them,” she said.
“We were pleased with her. I didn’t really expect it to be honest because she was so young. Ask God. Her future looks bright,” her father said. Kevin said.
Some supporters of the Roscommon GAA jersey were in the crowd to support the group’s return. A Dublin-based Rossy said the county didn’t have “many” sports heroes, so he decided to go to the airport to help Oroke return home.
Michael Mongan, head coach of the Galway Olympic Boxing Club and training his sister Aoife, who was also a member of the Irish team in the championship with Oroke, said he was able to bring back a gold medal. “Aoife was unlucky, but Lisa was really great. She was very calm,” he said.
In Broadhurst’s family, a brother who traveled from London and an 86-year-old grandfather were cheering for her return on Saturday night. Her aunt Geraldine Sands said the victory was “a great day for Irish sports” and “a very proud moment” for her family.
The Irish teams that participated in the championship also included Shannon Sweeney, Caitlin Flyers, Curly McKnor, Niam Fay, Michaela Walsh and Kasirok.
Broadhurst praised the group as a “very young team” of boxers with a bright future for sports. “Four or five years later, these girls will also walk the world medalists at this airport. They have a big future in front of them,” she said.
Broadhurst said he would take the next two weeks of vacation after winning the World Championships and before the preparations for the Commonwealth Games in July began.
Regarding her plans tonight, a Dundalk woman said, “I’m going home for the Chinese.”
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/hero-s-welcome-for-boxers-as-they-land-back-in-dublin-after-winning-gold-1.4885047?localLinksEnabled=false Welcome to the boxer hero who returned to Dublin after winning the gold medal