Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

FAM­ILY and friends of box­ing cham­pion Daina Moore­house gath­ered out­side her Heather­wood home last Tues­day evening to wel­come her home and cel­e­brate her great vic­tory.

The 15 year old had taken a gold medal in the Euro­peaan Youth Box­ing Cham­pi­onships in Bul­garia.

As well as rel­a­tives and neigh­bours, Daina was joined by mem­bers of the club and many friends to mark the happy oc­ca­sion, take photos and con­grat­u­late the ath­lete.

The level-headed teenager took every­thing in her stride last week as the vic­tory in Bul­garia brought with it lots of at­ten­tion from the press, on so­cial me­dia and around Bray.

Her coach at En­niskerry Box­ing Club Paul O’Toole ad­dressed the crowd last Tues­day and told them how hard Daina had worked, and how proud he is of what she has achieved.

Her un­cle made t-shirts with her im­age on the front, which her fam­ily wore with pride.

An un­cle got a cake, and there was much mer­ri­ment as Daina was cheered on and ap­plauded at her home ground.

Daina’s mum Melissa said that there had been mas­sive sup­port for the boxer in the area. She added that the neigh­bours were first out when they came home, and helped get every­thing set up for her.

The gold medal­ist is cur­rently en­joy­ing some time off with her friends in the fine weather be­fore she goes back to train­ing again in a cou­ple of weeks.

Daina’s par­ents Melissa and John, her brother Michael and many other mem­bers of her fam­ily were at the event.

Daina Moore­house is hoisted aloft by En­niskerry Box­ing Club coaches

Daina with her proud par­ents, John and Melissa, and her brother Michael out­side their home.

Daina with her aunt Mary and her cousin Al­lie Moore­house.

Euro­pean cham­pion Daina Moore­house with her coach Paul O’Toole.

Daina gets a big hug from one of her neigh­bours.

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