PICTURES: DECLAN DOHERTY
A crowd of several hundred people turned out in Letterkenny last night (Monday) to give European Olympic Bronze medalist Mark English a hero’s welcome home.
The 21-year-old medical student stood proudly at the top of Market Square where he showed off his brilliant bronze medal from the 800 metres at the European Championships.
“I can’t explain it, I’m so proud,” Mark said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. It is phenomenal to see so many people here,” he added.
Mark was formally welcomed back to his hometown by Town Manager Dessie Larkin.
Among the many faces in the crowd were Mark’s former coach Teresa McDaid, double Olympian Danny McDaid as well as Neil Martin, Chairman of the Donegal Athletics Board and many fellow clubmates from Letterkenny AC.
Councillor Michael McBride, Chairman of Letterkenny Municipal District told the large crowd that he was sure Mark will now have to get used to such occasions as his career begins to unfold.
Also among the crowd was Mark’s proud parents Joe and Bridget, and sisters Joanne and Michelle.