John Joe Nevin claims Olympic silver

Sunday 12 August 2012 12.51
John Joe Nevin will box for a gold medal  at 8.45pm
John Joe Nevin will box for a gold medal at 8.45pm

John Joe Nevin has lost his bantamweight final at the London Olympics but has won a silver medal.

The Co Westmeath boxer was defeated by Luke Campbell from Britain by 14 points to 11. Up to 6,000 people gathered in Mullingar to watch the fight on a big screen.

A homecoming parade will take place in the town on Monday for the Olympian.

Elsewhere, Rob Heffernan has finished fourth in the Men's 50km Walk event. Colin Griffin and Brendan Boyce also competed in the event.

Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe has become the first Irishman to compete in the Modern Penthalon, which combines fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting.

No official team homecoming

There will be no official event in Dublin to mark the homecoming of the Irish Olympic team on Monday.

Many members of Team Ireland are due to return to Dublin airport at lunchtime on Monday and efforts had been made to organise an event in the city centre.

However, the Olympic Council of Ireland informed Dublin City Council that most of the athletes were anxious to get home as soon as they could.

Athletes may take part in a press conference at Dublin Airport on their return, and then travel home individually. Efforts are underway to have an event later - possibly at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park.

President Higgins has already invited the team to a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Details announced of Katie Taylor homecoming

Bray Town Council have announced details of a ceremony and concert on the seafront for Katie Taylor's homecoming Monday from 4pm.

An open-top bus will make its way from 4pm to the bandstand on Bray's seafront where Ms Taylor and Adam Nolan will be presented to the audience.

There will be live music and a fireworks display at 9.30pm.

Bray Town Council have advised that anyone planning on attending this event should take public transport where possible.

Nevin will travel through Mullingar on an open top bus from 6.30pm on Monday evening.

The Mullingar Band will lead the parade, followed by the Cavan Boxing Club, followed by an open-top bus carrying Nevin and fellow Mullingar Olympian Joseph Murphy.

The parade will travel from Patrick Street to Cusack Park.

A special stage will be erected on the pitch. A formal homecoming ceremony will be held in the GAA venue at around 7.30pm

Gates to Cusack Park will open at 6.30 and entertainment will be provided. To facilitate the event, parking throughout Mullingar will be free from 4pm.

There will be no alcohol allowed at the homecoming event. Westmeath local authorities are asking people to arrive early.

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