A jubilant return to Bangor Erris and a civic reception for Paralympic athlete Rosaleen Gallagher.
The people of Bangor Erris in County Mayo were out in force last night for a reception to welcome home Rosaleen Gallagher, Ireland's most successful competitor at the recent Summer Paralympic Games in Toronto.
A native of Shragraddy, Rosaleen Gallagher who contracted poliomyelitis at the age of eight won two gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the games.
The Culleens Pipe Band led a parade as Rosaleen Gallagher made her way down the street accompanied by supporters. On behalf of the parish Colette Kilker presents her with a bouquet of flowers, following a speech by Paddy Cosgrave of the organising committee.
An inscribed silver salver and six silver goblets are presented to Rosaleen Gallagher on behalf of the people of the parish by Father James Gilvarry, who in his speech described her as,
A very valiant lady.
At Bangor Erris parish hall the local branch of the Irish Countrywomen's Association (ICA) had a special cake iced in green, white and gold with the Olympic symbols. Additional presentations followed, including one from members of the Garda Rowing Club.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 September 1976. The reporter is Dermot Mullane.