Wednesday 23 October 2019

Adam is off to the Olympics!

COUNTY WEXFORD now has two competitors bound for the London Olympic Games, following the superb qualification by The Ballagh boxer Adam Nolan for the welterweight contests there.

The Bray-based fighter will join New Ross swimmer Gráinne Murphy at the games in the English capital, and of course, the total Wexford representation at the Olympics will be three as he will be coached there by boxing guru Billy Walsh.

County Wexford wil later have another competitor in London too, when Goreybased swimmer Darragh Mcdonald takes part in the Paralympic Games that follow the main event.

Boxer Nolan qualified on Friday for the games by winning his semi-final bout at the preliminary contests in Turkey, and then followed up on Sunday by taking gold there.

Nolan's former team mates on the parish hurling team were out in force to provide a guard of honour for the battling welterweight, along with members of the camogie squad.

As the rain stayed away, the Bray based Garda made his entrance on Sunday evening aboard a swish open topped old Mercedes driven by Mick O'grady, one of the men who first introduced him to the sport of boxing.

Also in the car was Ireland's best recognised boxer - and Adam's Bray club mate - Katie Taylor.

Nolan, the fifth Irish fighter to make the grade for London, was cheered as he stood on a lorry trailer parked beside Bob's Bar for the occasion. Among those called up by master of ceremonies Liam Spratt were Wexford boxing chief Billy O'connor, local curate Father Dermot Gahan, Butch O'connor and proud parents John and Anne Nolan.