BALLYBAY GARDA HONOURED FOR OLYMPIAN EXPLOITS

4 November 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD was among the guests at an event held last week in the Riverdale, Ballybay to honour the achievements in the 2016 Rio Paralympics of Ballybay-stationed Garda Eve McCrystal.

The reception was hosted by Garda Chief Superintendent Christopher Mangan.

Eve, who is from Bellurgan, Dundalk won two medals at the Paralympics.

The invited guests also included Assistant Commissioner Northern Region, John O’Driscoll; Superintendent Alan Cunningham, Carrickmacross; Garda Inspector Kevin Gavin from Carrickmacross; Ballybay Garda Sergeant Mick Bracken; Ballybay-Clones Municipal District Cathaoirleach Pat Treanor and members of Ballybay Chamber of Commerce – Tiny Kavanagh, Therese Hamilton, Gabriel Kerr and Agnes McGuinness.

Eve’s two children Ava and Nessa Casey, along with Eve’s parents Pat and Frances McCrystal, travelled from Bellurgan Dundalk to celebrate in the unique achievement of their daughter.

Sergeant Mick Bracken was master of ceremonies and introduced the various speakers, which included Eve who spoke of the great time she had at the Paralympics 2016 in Rio – taking part in the varied cycling events with her visually impaired cycling partner.

They both won gold and silver medals in two cycling events – gold in the thirty kilometre Time Trial and silver in the eighty five kilometre Road Race, reaching a maximum speed of eighty-nine kilometres per hour.

Minister Humphreys concurred with the other speakers in congratulating Eve on her great achievement.

Presentations were made including a special presentation of a bottle of vintage champagne from Riverdale proprietor Jimmy Drumgoole.

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