Homecoming fit for a queen as Katie returns with fifth gold medal
She may have just secured her fifth world title, but boxing legend Katie Taylor is setting her sights firmly on defending her gold Olympic medal.
The 28-year-old arrived home to victorious scenes in Dublin Airport last night, after securing a record-equalling fifth successive win in the women's world boxing championships in South Korea on Monday.
The boxing legend said that while she is now planning ahead for a sixth title and entering the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as world champion, first on the cards is a two-week celebratory break with tea and biscuits in her grandmother's house being the first of port of call.
"I haven't been home for four weeks now, so I am just looking forward to catching up with my family. The first place we always go to is my granny's house to show her the medal," she said, revealing that the next few weeks will involve "no training and plenty of chocolate".
"It is an absolute privilege to come home as the world champion, and to see the amount of people here at the homecoming is fantastic. I really didn't expect this. These people have been there supporting me since the very start when I won my first world title," the Bray native said.
"I feel like I am improving from competition to competition, and I still feel like the best is yet to come," she added.
Katie revealed that she believes a record-breaking sixth consecutive world title is "very, very do-able".
"The next world championship is an Olympic qualifier as well, so I'd love to go to Rio as the reigning world champion and that's going to be my main goal for the next couple of years. We are very excited for the future," she added.
Standing beside her every step of the way is father and coach Pete, who Katie described last night as a "genius" and "the best coach in the world".
The proud father said that before all of his daughter's fights his "nerves do be shot. I get a double whammy of everything as a coach and a father. It is a emotional rollercoaster. I am really proud of her," he added.
Amongst the scores of fans waiting to greet Katie and her shiny gold medal in the arrivals hall last night was her mother Bridget who was overcome with joy at the sight of her daughter.
The hero then spent time posing for endless photos with the crowds that gathered. The Murphy family from Greystones, Co Wicklow, travelled to the capital with cardboard cut-outs of their local hero.
Paul Murphy said that his three children - Gearóid (9), Oisin (8) and Elsha (6) - have grown up watching Katie's career and that she is a great role model.
"Clean living, fantastic, does and says everything right. She is top notch," he said.