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27/09/2021

Laois and Offaly unity for Nicole Turner's Paralympic homecoming

Offaly to come out in force for Nicole Turner's paralympic homecoming

Pictured are Seamus Brereton, Aidan Colgan and Portarlington Golf Club Captain Brian Guinan   

Laois and Offaly residents around Portarlington have united to organised a big homecoming parade for Paralympic silver medal winner Nicole Turner. 

The parade for the Garryhinch local will commence at 6.30pm on Wednesday, September 8 from the Portarlington Rugby Club.

Large crowds are expected to line the route through the town via Portarlington Leisure Centre where Nicole started her swimming career, with a welcome home gathering of local friends and neighbours awaiting her arrival at Garryhinch around 7.30pm.

Lots of flags and decorations are already evident along the way and Portarlington Golf Club is showing the way with flags, posters and bunting.

Local Offaly County Councillor for the area, Eddie Fitzpatrick also acknowledged that Nicole did the whole community proud in Tokyo and added: "I'm sure the Portarlington and surrounding communities will be out to welcome her home."

"I personally want to congratulate Nicole on her success in Tokyo and will be proposing to hold a civic reception in Offaly County Council when restrictions allow," Cllr Fitzpatrick concluded.

Laois County Council honoured Nicole after the 2016 Rio Games. They will honour herself and Portlaoise man Gary O'Reilly who won a bronze in cycling in Tokyo.

In pictures: Portarlington's Nicole Turner is a sliver star at Tokyo's Paralympics

Dreams came through for Portarlington woman Nicole Turner whose years of work paid off in the pool in Tokyo after she claimed sliver at the Paralymics. Scroll through the pictures from Sportsfile to see some of the action.

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