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Over the moon Ireland's Olympic gold medallist Fintan McCarthy’s mum Sue says whole family is delighted

'I can’t wait for him to come home now - I'm really looking forward to it'


Ireland's Olympic gold medallist Fintan McCarthy’s mum Sue has told how delighted the whole family is after her son’s stunning overnight win in the men's double sculls rowing final. 

Described by President Michael D Higgins as a "tremendous achievement", Sue, speaking from West Cork, said they were “absolutely over the moon”.

“We’re delighted for the pair of them,” she said. “We watched it (at home). The whole family came down and we all watched it together. It’s an incredible achievement, he put in the work and it showed last night.

“He has been rowing since he was 15 so he came quite late into it really but it was a sport that once he realised that he had some kind of talent for it he just went for it.

“(But) it's a dedication and that's for sure,” she added. “The hard work, the early mornings up and down the river, I mean, it's brutal, it certainly is. He put in a lot of work to get there that's for sure.

She said they'll now do "whatever we can" to give Fintan and his rowing mate Paul O'Donovan the homecoming they deserve.

“I can’t wait for him to come home now - I'm really looking forward to it,” she added.

"We’ve missed him - he has been away for quite a while now with training camps and the two weeks in Tokyo.”

The celebrations when the two rowers get back to Skibbereen will have to be in line with the current Covid-19 regulations.

However, Sue said they will do “whatever we can to make their homecoming one that they deserve”.

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