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No worries New Kellie Harrington mural revealed featuring gold medal winner's now famous catchphrase

'Hakuna Matata means no worries for the rest of your days. That's what I say and that's what the Lion King says'


A brilliant new mural has been created at the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght featuring Ireland’s Olympic gold medal winner Kellie Harrington and her now famous catchphrase. 

The artwork by muralist Emmalene Blake shows the Dublin fighter with outstretched arms alongside the words ‘Hakuna Matata’.

After sealing a guaranteed bronze medal with victory in the quarter final Harrington quoted the words from the much loved song from the Lion King and explained what they meant

She told RTE: "I'm just so happy and my emotions really come when it comes to this because to be able to give them something to be happy and sing and dance for.

"I'm just one person lifting a little bit of a nation.

"Hakuna Matata it means no worries for the rest of your days. That's what I say and that's what the Lion King says."

Her partner Mandy later told The Ryan Tubridy show that the song became her motto through the Olympics as she was listening to the soundtrack in her hotel room.

She said: "I asked her 'what's the story with that Kell' and she just goes 'I've been sitting here listening to the Lion King soundtrack for the last week in my room.'

"She's happy go lucky, it's just good honest nice music and it brought her on.

"It gave her a bit of a confidence boost and it's kind of a magical song that takes you away from reality."

Writing on her Instagram page, artist Emmalene said:" Painted this piece of @kelly_harrington14 at @thesqtallaght recently. It’s beside the top floor entrance, go check it out.

“The Square have also made a donation to St Mary’s Boxing Club in Tallaght, where Kellie trains.

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“Both our Olympic team and Paralympic team did Ireland so proud this year."

Emmalene has previously immortalised other key moments in her work that have included Bernie in his mittens at the US presidential inauguration and Cardi B explaining how social distancing works.

Meanwhile, Kellie recently revealed she has no interest in becoming a professional boxer.

In a candid interview with The Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy who chatted with her as he drove her to a friend’s wedding on a Friday, the Dublin boxer revealed that she will retain her amateur status.

"I’ve made the decision I’m going to stay amateur,” she said en route to the nuptials of her friends George and Ellie in Co Meath.

"You know what Ryan? It's not always about money.”

Asked about the fortune she could earn as a professional boxer, she responded: “That’s what people are saying, ‘you can make a fortune out of this, you can go for this fight, you can go for that fight, what have you.’

"But I just want to be amateur. I’m very happy. I’m supported by Sport Ireland and I have a great time there with the set up, you know?”

When he asked if she would turn offers to make €500,000 per fight, she responded: “They’ll have half of my half a million,” she said of promoters.

"Less stress, more success,” she added.

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