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Double Grammy nominee pens song in tribute to 'inspiration' Katie Taylor

'I think she is an outstanding ambassador for the island of Ireland,' Myles says

Myles Gaffney

Alison O'Reilly

A double Grammy nominated singer has written a song praising the 'inspiration' and wonder of Katie Taylor.

Folk singer Myles Gaffney from Co. Cork previously made international headlines when he wrote the “Song for Fallen Mothers” which was nominated for a Grammy.

The song told the story of Joan McDermott, who had her son taken from her by the nuns from Bessborough mother and baby home.

In 2017 the singer was nominated for two Grammy awards for the Song of the Year category.

But now he has turned his attention to the undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor.

Myles said he felt it was important to write about the boxer, saying she is an “inspiration”.

He said: "Our music culture is dying, we as Irish song writers have captured moments for centuries and nobody is really doing it now and I feel it is my duty as an Irish song writer to write about our people.

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“The census was done recently and you have to wonder, will people in 100 years time know any of these greats we have today?

“Is our culture or Irish songs and story telling going to survive?

"Will our future generations search for singers like me, Christy Moore and Damien Dempsey? We are all story tellers and folk singers.

Katie Taylor celebrates her undisputed world lightweight championship fight victory over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

“It is so important to write about our sporting heroes and Katie is that person.

“I think she is an outstanding ambassador for the island of Ireland and our nation and she represents our flag with pride and dignity and respect and is an outstanding role model for youth of Ireland.

"She is up there with the greatest women of Ireland.

“Her achievements should be notes in history forever she needs to be captured in song and to stand the test of time and the story will never be lost.”

In the video for the song, European boxing champion Lauren Crinion plays the role of a young Taylor and she is seen punching the bag while training at Father Horgan’s Boxing Club in Cork.

Laura Crinion with Myles (right)

Myles said he has sent the song to Katie’s management and he hopes that she sees it and likes it.

Myles' video can be watched here.

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