Thousands turn out in Bray to watch Katie
Thousands turned out in Bray this afternoon to watch Kate Taylor's semi-final bout on the big screens which were erected on the towns Main street.
Traffic wardens in the town said they had never seen such friendly supportive cohesion of Bray People.
Paul Smith stated that he has forgotten about recession and money worries as this is an Olympic medal for Bray first and foremost.
Suzanne Geoghegan was delighted to witness such an occasion for Bray, Ireland and Women in general.
Bray town councillor John Brady said "What can I say about Katie Taylor that I have not said already, what a girl, silver medal in the bag and through to the final tomorrow.
"She has to be one of the best athletes Ireland has ever seen. The atmosphere in Bray today for her fight was electric, over 7,000 people on the Main St to witness history."
"Tomorrow will be even better, we have the big screens in Katie's community of Ballywaltrim and we will be showing her fight at 4.45pm."
Labour Wicklow T.D. Anne Ferris congratulated Katie Taylor on her second decisive win today at the Olympics games.
“Katie is a true Olympic champion, fighting every round with strength, courage and conviction. As a world-class boxer, Katie has played a huge role in establishing women’s boxing as an Olympic sport, and I have every confidence that she can go for gold tomorrow.
“The people of Bray and indeed Wicklow are extremely proud of Katie. It has been extremely heartening to see how the whole community has rallied behind her and the buzz around Bray is electric. As a true sporting legend, Katie has showed us that with hard work and perseverance anything is possible, and for that she can be assured that she has the support, prayers and good wishes from everybody here.”
It is expected that over 10,000 people will descend on Bray for tomorrow's final.
(Pics. Shayne Phelan)