Yesterday Annalise Murphy arrived home to Dublin Airport to a hero’s welcome. The 26-year-old Dubliner looked every bit the Olympian as she arrived with medal and tricolour wrapped around her shoulders.
Anyone that has followed her over the last few years will know all about her heartache in the 2012 London Olympics where she finished fourth, Rio was to be a different story. This time round she took silver in the Women’s Laser Radial. Murphy’s success is Ireland’s first medal in sailing since David Wilkins and James Wilkinson competed in the Flying Dutchman class in Moscow in 1980, also capturing silver.
Plans are now underway to give Annalise a proper homecoming with the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the Irish Sailing Association are planning a major celebration. A civic reception for the Irish Olympic Sailing team will take place in Dun Laoghaire, Annalise’s home port this Thursday.