Par­a­lympian Pádraic en­joys mas­sive party

Bray People - - Social Scene -

THE FAM­ILY, friends and neigh­bours of Par­a­lympics hero Padraic Mo­ran came out to Katie Gal­lagher’s last Fri­day night to con­grat­u­late him on hav­ing come fifth in the games in Boc­cia last month.

This came just weeks af­ter he and the rest of the team were moved to tears when over 1,000 peo­ple cheered them on at Dublin air­port on their ar­rival back from Bei­jing.

‘We were led out by a piper,’ ex­plained Padraic. ‘We were just com­ing past bag­gage and we started to hear all this noise. It was over­whelm­ing and so emo­tional, we had never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like it.’

Padraic’s par­ent’s Cather­ine and Pat were with him, as were his brother Ea­mon and Sis­ter Sinead and niece and nephew Caoimhe and Fionn.

Neigh­bours from Avoca Drive also came along, as did all of his aunts, un­cles, cousins and team mate Bobby.

The man of the hour said a few words of thanks to his fam­ily and friends as well as the sports coun­cil, PCI and CPSI. He then present- ed a proud Cather­ine with a bou­quet of flow­ers.

‘Without the Sports Coun­cil we wouldn’t be go­ing any­where,’ he re­marked, adding that he was very grate­ful to Ir­ish Life for al­low­ing Robert, his best friend and on­court as­sis­tant, the time off to go to China.

Robert had him welling up again when he pre­sented him with a framed photo-col­lage of all the pic­tures from Bei­jing, rep­re­sent­ing not just an amaz­ing achieve­ment, but some mem­o­ries that will last a life­time.

Pádraic Mo­ran with Cather­ine oran, Pat Mo­ran, Sinéad Mo­ran, Caoimhe Mo­ran-Laf­fan, Daniel Laf­fan and Fionn Mo­ran-Laf­fan at his cel­e­bra­tion party in Katie Gal­lagher’s.

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