My Kildare Life: Interview with boxer Katelynn Phelan

Katelynn talks life in the Lilywhite county

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My Kildare Life: Interview with boxer Katelynn Phelan

Katelynn Phelan

Katelynn (17) is an amateaur boxer from Kildare Town. Katelynn lives with her father Paddy and mother Martina. She has three siblings, Alan (26) Darren (28) and Lisa (30). She recently scooped a bronze medal in the World Championships.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KILDARE MEMORY? 

I remember being out in the green in Maryville and it was really sunny, and they were cutting the grass and you could smell the grass, and it was just really summery, just that happiness you feel when you’re out with friends. And I used to follow daddy, even if he was just going to the shop, in case he was going to the boxing club.

DID YOU LIKE GROWING UP IN KILDARE? 

I loved it. There’s not much to do in Kildare but it’s such a close community, that’s the best part. Everyone knows everyone in the town, you walk down town you say hi to about 50 people.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE COUNTY? 

It’s just that sense of pride you get from it. From most people the support is amazing like the support I got going to the worlds and other competitions was unbelievable.

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL DAY OUT IN KILDARE? 

Being with my friends really. Going up town and going for food. Other than that, I like going around taking photos.

FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT OUT IN KILDARE? 

It’s between two places! Macari’s and Kildare House. When I’m not making weight, but when I’m making weight it’s salads and all that.

WHO WAS YOUR INSPIRATION GROWING UP? 

My brother Alan. He’s a pro boxer and he moved away to New York when he was 17 and just seeing the things that he’s done. He’s back in Ireland and he’s been helping me with everything and training me, he’s just such an inspiration.

WHAT IS THE BOXING CULTURE LIKE IN KILDARE? 

For girls it’s after improving an awful lot. At the start when we were just trying to work up the ranks nobody had ever really heard of the boxing. The club is starting to get noticed now and that’s the best part.

HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER? 

Winning the worlds bronze medal!

WHAT’S NEXT? 

I have a qualifier for the Europeans in January, and if I get to the Europeans they’re a qualifier for the youth olympics.