Council ends on a high note with civic reception
HONOURED SPECIAL CEREMONY FOR PARALYMPIANS
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.