Coun­cil ends on a high note with civic re­cep­tion

HON­OURED SPE­CIAL CER­E­MONY FOR PAR­A­LYMPIANS

Bray People - - News -

THE LAST Bray Town Coun­cil meet­ing of the year ended on a high note with a Civic Re­cep­tion for the towns par­a­lympians.

Cathaoir­leach Ciaran O’Brien wel­comed Gary Mes­sett, Padraic Mo­ran and Zaur Anita to the re­cep­tion.

‘We have here two young men who have over­come ad­ver­sity to rep­re­sent their coun­try at the high­est level in­ter­na­tion­ally. You have brought great hon­our to your town, your county and your coun­try and in­deed to your clubs lo­cally. What an in­spi­ra­tion for the young peo­ple of Bray,’ said Cllr O’Brien.

Spe­cial guest for the evening was Box­ing World Cham­pi­onship and Bray na­tive, Katie Tay­lor.

While Gary and Padraig are both Bray na­tives, Zaur An­tia from Ge­or­gia has cho­sen to make his home in Bray.

Gary Mes­sett who lives in Kil­bride Grove plays foot­ball with Glen­cor­mac United.

His Foot­ball seven-aside team fin­ished sixth in the re­cent Par­a­lympics in Bei­jing.

Padraic Mo­ran who reached the quar­ter fi­nals at his first Par­a­lympics in Bei­jing, nar­rowly missed out on tak­ing a medal.

The East Coast FM sports re­porter was joined by all his fam­ily at the re­cep­tion.

Zaur Anita, who was of­fi­cially wel­comed to the town of Bray by the Cathaoir­leach, is tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor to the Ir­ish Box­ing Team.

A for­mer Ge­or­gian box­ing cham- pion, he has been an in­te­gral part of the high-per­for­mance pro­gramme for the past five years, a pro­gramme that has man­aged to get all five of the Ir­ish box­ers in Bei­jing into the last 16 of their weight divi­sion.

Each of the three men were pre- sented with a glass vase by the Cathaoir­leach and spe­cial guest Katie was pre­sented with a beau­ti­ful bou­quet of flow­ers.

Guests which in­cluded fam­ily and friends of those hon­oured and town coun­cil mem­bers en­joyed some wine and treats.

Zaur An­tia with Padraic and Garry Mes­sett at the civic re­cep­tion.

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