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An Olympic hero will lead Dublin's St Patrick's Day parade

Murphy said the appointment was an honour.

Annalise Murphy
Annalise Murphy
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OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST Annalise Murphy will lead this month’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.

The sailor has been chosen to be the Grand Marshal at the capital’s parade on 17 March. Organisers say the star was chosen in recognition of “her outstanding achievement at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, her contribution to Irish sport and her courage and determination to succeed on the world stage in her sport”.

She will join the ranks of previous Grand Marshals such as Joanne O’Riordan, Brendan O’Carroll, Katie Taylor, Packie Bonner and Johnny Giles to name but a few.

Murphy said the appointment was an honour.

“I am really honoured and thrilled to be this year’s Grand Marshal. I am always extremely proud to represent Ireland but that is normally out on the water, so this will be a completely different experience for me. The Parade is always a great day and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said Murphy was a “fantastic ambassador for Irish sport”.

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