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Where were you when ‘Britain’s’ Katie Taylor won boxing Gold at London 2012? Photos

WHEN Ireland’s Katie Taylor won Olympic gold in the women’s light 60kg fight with victory over Russia Sofya Ochigava, where were you?  The paper listed Taylor as being British, a mistake which it apologised for but not before Fergus Murphy had offered a swap deal: “Dear Daily Telegraph. Katie Taylor is IRISH. However, please feel free to claim Ronan Keating, Jedward, Louis Walsh…” Australians merely saw the fighting Irish women and chirped every stereotype in the book. Peter Hanlon of Australian media group Fairfax being the worst culprit, offering up: “Dark-haired, deep-eyed and engaging, Taylor is not what you’d expect in a fighting Irishwoman, nor is she surrounded by people who’d prefer a punch to a potato.” Nice. Here’s Katie:

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Irish Boxer Katie Taylor's friends and neighbours watch her win Olympic gold on a televison in their front garden in her street in the Oldcourt drive area of Bray Co Wicklow. Picture date:Thursday August 9, 2012. Photo credit should read: Kifah Ajamia/PA Wire

Posted: 10th, August 2012 | In: Sports | Comment


Aussie media boxes itself into a racist Corner over Katie Taylor

NOT only did the Daily Telegraph (Aus) claim Irishboxing star Katie Taylor as one of their very own (see left) but journalist Peter Hanlon of Australian media group Fairfax produced a stunningly stereotypical piece on the success of the Olympian in the aftermath of her victory over Team GB’s Natasha Jones on Monday.

Hanlon’s article, which was run in the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Brisbane Times, practically jumped out at the reader dressed in a leprechaun’s outfit shouting “Bejaysus”.

Take the headline itself, which successfully covers the old drunken Irish stereotype –

“Punch Drunk: Ireland intoxicated as Taylor swings towards boxing gold”

However, Hanlon’s not done with the drunken angle yet. He then adds a few individual drinks into the mix for good measure.

“For centuries, Guinness and whiskey have sent the Irish off their heads. Now all it takes is a petite 26-year-old from Wicklow.”

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Posted: 8th, August 2012 | In: Sports | Comment (1)