Bringing a bronze medal back home

LOCAL hero, James Dwyer who won a bronze medals at the Paralmpics will visit students at Colaiste Cois Mhuire in Mooncoin.

LOCAL hero, James Dwyer who won a bronze medals at the Paralmpics will visit students at Colaiste Cois Mhuire in Mooncoin.

The talented sportsman has had a hectic schedule of celebrations since returning home with his medal. He attended a reception hosted by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny last Saturday and has visited many of the schools in South Kilkenny where he has received a hero’s welcome.

The Carigeen man was part of the Irish mixed Equestrian team that secured the meda learlier this month.

Local councillor Pat Dunphy was full of praise for Mr Dwyer. “I want to congratulate him on his win which is nothing short of inspirational. It is a fantastic achievement and everyone is very proud of him,” he said.

James also finished in 6th place himself in the Individual dressage championships at Greenwich park at the games. James, along with his family and friends have been celebrating the heroic achievement since his arrival back home early last week. He will be honoured on October 22 at a reception in Aras on Uachtarain by President Michael D Higgins.

Cllr Dunphy also took the opportunity to congratulate Paralympian Ray O’Dwyer from Hugginstown who competed in the javelin, shot put and discus. “He is my wife Margaret’s nephew and we are all thrilled with how he competed. He already has his sights set on the next Paralympics in Rio de Janiero and I want to congratulate him and wish him well,” he said.

Members of Kilkenny County Council are hosting a civic reception for the Paralympians on Friday at 4pm in County Hall.