New European middleweight boxing champion Jason Quigley received a hero’s welcome on his return to the Twin Towns on Monday evening.
Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets for the 22-year-old, who defeated Romania’s Bogdan Juratoni in the final in Minsk on Saturday. It was Quigley’s first ever event as a senior, winning gold to add to his 2009 European Junior championship, which he clinched in Poland, and the European U-23 title he won last year in Russia.
Finn Valley, Quigley’s boxing club, rolled out the red carpet on Monday night. He was welcomed by Irish Olympic team manager and Finn Valley stalwart Patsy McGonagle; 1962 Olympian Brian Anderson; President of the Donegal County Boxing Board Peter O’Donnell; five-time Irish champion and Olympian Charlie Nash from Derry; Eugene Duffy of the Derry County Board and Donegal Mayor, Councillor Frank McBrearty. Quigley’s father and coach Conor also paid tributes to the steps made by his son.
“The support I made when I was in Minsk was brilliant,” Jason Quigley said. “All the facebooks, the texts, the messages was definitely a key part in me going all the way. I want to thank everyone for coming up here today.”
For full coverage of Jason Quigley’s homecoming please see Thursday’s Donegal Democrat