"Katie Had Every Right to Box"

EXHIBITION : WOMEN IN IRISH SOCIETY

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Katie Taylor and her father Peter Taylor on how they had to work around opposition to women's boxing by pretending she was a boy.

  • Title
    Katie and Peter Taylor
  • 1st Broadcast
    11/07/2010
  • Contributor
    Miriam O'Callaghan (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:09
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Miriam Meets
  • Clip title
    "Katie Had Every Right to Box"
  • Extended description

    London 2012 was the first time women competed inside the boxing ring at the Olympic Games. Irish boxer Katie Taylor won the gold female lightweight medal. The 26-year-old from Bray, Co. Wicklow, had already won four world boxing titles in a row. As a child, she and her family had learned to work around the difficulties facing female boxers.

    In this clip from 'Miriam Meets', Katie's father and trainer Peter Taylor tells Miriam O'Callaghan how they used to have to pretend Katie was a boy to get her into the competitions she needed to progress. He describes the opposition to women's boxing at the time, but that "Katie had every right to box". Katie Taylor says that it was the support of her family that kept her going and that if it wasn't for her father, "women's boxing wouldn't be around in Ireland".

  • Information

    'Miriam Meets' is an RTÉ Radio 1 programme presented by Miriam O'Callaghan. Each show focuses on two guests who are related or who have played a significant role in each other's lives. It was first broadcast on 11 July 2009 as a summer filler. It was then given a permanent slot and is currently on a break.

    'Miriam Meets' Katie and Peter Taylor was broadcast on 11 July 2010.

    The accompanying image shows Peter and Katie Taylor on 'The Late Late Show' on 8 December 2008.

  • Local keywords
    Women's boxing, Olympic Games, Katie Taylor, Peter Taylor
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    2010
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    RCD110710 Disc3
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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