Sunday 19 January 2020

'Little fighters' inspire champ Katie on Temple Street visit

Katie Taylor with Molly Tunnicliffe, age 11 from Raheny
Katie Taylor with Molly Tunnicliffe, age 11 from Raheny

Undisputed lightweight champion of the world Katie Taylor brightened the day of some "incredible little fighters" when she dropped by Temple Street Children's Hospital yesterday.

The Bray boxer made visits around the wards to children, parents and staff alike while she celebrated her role as an official ambassador for the hospital.


Katie said she was looking forward to helping the hospital in "any small way I can".

"Temple Street is a truly amazing place full of incredible little fighters and wonderful, caring staff who do such exceptional work," she said.

"While it's heartbreaking to see what some of the kids are having to go through, their courage and bravery is truly inspirational to me.

"I'm delighted to help out in any small way I can by raising awareness for the great work that's being done at Temple Street and continuing to support Temple Street Foundation."

The boxer is no stranger to Temple Street, as she paid a very special festive visit to the children in the wards last Christmas.

Katie has also previously lent her support to a charity fundraiser and auction for the hospital, which cares for more than 147,000 sick children every year.

"We are so excited and honoured to welcome Katie on board as an official ambassador for Temple Street," said Temple Street Foundation chief executive Denise Fitzgerald.

"She has been - and continues to be - such a wonderful friend to the hospital and is a great advocate for the extraordinary work that happens in our wards, every hour of every day."

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