IN WHAT will be her first visit to Limerick since her unforgettable Olympic gold medal win, boxing champion Katie Taylor will sign copies of her new book at O’Mahony’s bookstore in the city next month.
The Bray boxing sensation will sign copies of her London 2012 memoir, My Olympic Dream, on Tuesday, December 4 from 4pm.
And if the launch of the book in her native Bray at the weekend is anything to go by - fans began queuing from 7am – there will be queues out the door to see the famous Katie in the flesh and get the all important autograph.
“We are very excited and we are really looking forward to Katie Taylor’s visit. We are expecting that there will be a very big crowd to meet her,” said Colette Cotter, shop manager, O’Mahony’s bookstore in Limerick city. “We would expect that there will be lots of children,” she added.
One of the first in the queue will be Ballysimon woman, Anna Moore, who has played an instrumental part in Katie’s success to date in her role as manager of the Irish women’s boxing team. “I will get up early enough to make myself be in the front of that queue,” smiled Anna who is treasurer of St Francis Boxing Club in the city and treasurer of the Munster Council.
Anna was one of the fortunate few Limerick people who managed to get their hands on the golden ticket for Katie’s Olympic final fight in London last August.
The boxing mentor who has been following Katie’s progress closely says she made the correct decision in staying amateur to defend her lightweight title in Rio in four years’ time.
“They have a very good family structure there. They discuss everything amongst themselves,” said Anna.
“She is very lucky to have the dad she has – he is a very, very structured man. He knows exactly what Katie needs,” she added.