Muirhevnamór were out in force for one of their own last Saturday evening as newly crowned world champion Amy Broadhurst returned to her home in Glenmore Park for her triumphant homecoming. The 25-year old followed in the footsteps of Katie Taylor, Kellie Harrington and Michael Conlon when she won gold in the light-welterweight final against Algeria’s Imane Khelif as he became Ireland’s fourth World Champion. Across the country Lisa O’Rourke was experiencing similar scenes in Castlerea after she became Ireland’s fifth World Champion shortly after Amy.
Amy received a Garda Escort into Muirhevnamór and was cheered home as she waved to the huge crowds from the front seat of an open top car. A visibly emotional Amy hugged friends and family before popping a bottle of champagne soaking the cheering crowds around her. Speaking about the support she received from her hometown she compared the scenes that greeted her to the ones that greeted Katie Taylor when she won her Olympic gold medal in 2012.
“This is crazy. I watched Katie Taylor ten years ago when she won the Olympics in Bray when she had the whole of her estate out and the fact that it’s happening to me now ten years later, the support is just unbelievable. I can’t believe it.
“There’s been times when my parents and my family have had to put up with the worst of me because I thought I can’t do this no more, mentally it gets really really tough.
“I’m standing here now as the World Champion and only five people in Ireland have done it, names like Michael Conlon, Katie Taylor and Kelly Harrington and now I’m one of them names,” beamed Amy.
Watching on alongside the hundreds of cheering fans were Amy’s proud parents Sheila and Tony as well as her three brothers Tony Jr, Stephen and Paul.
Dundalk Sinn Féin representatives Ruairí Ó Murchú and Cllr. Kevin Meenan congratulated world champion Amy Broadhurst as they welcomed her back to her home at Glenmore Park in Muirhevnamor on Saturday.
The Sinn Féin TD, who is, like Amy a former pupil of St Joseph’s NS, said: ‘Amy is a wonderful ambassador for sport, for women’s sport, and she is the absolute epitome of effort and commitment leading to results.
‘I have to commend the entire family, including her parents, Sheila and Tony Broadhurst, who have given everything to support Amy over the last 20 years. All the lonely times training and all the hard work in the gym, all the times when she was on the canvass and got back up again, has paid off’.
Cllr. Meenan said: ‘Amy is a beacon of hard work and an inspiration to young people in Dundalk and in Ireland. She is incredibly talented, but acknowledges that it was hard work and commitment which allowed her to achieve her dreams’.