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Historical Garden Party in Dublin

Irish President Mary McAleese at an official reception in Dublin and some of the WKN delegation from across EuropeKickboxing celebrated a key moment this week when a host of the stars of the sport met Irish President Mary McAleese at an official reception in Dublin.
The WKN delegation, led by Belfast’s former four-time world champion Billy Murray, met the President at her official residence in Dublin.
They spent three hours with her during a special July 12 garden party.
“It was a wonderful day,” said Murray. “We had representatives from WKN kickboxing across Europe – from France, Switzerland, Scotland and of course from all over the North and South of Ireland. We chatted to the President and presented her with a commemorative painting by our Kickboxing artist, Daryl Campbell.”
He added: “She came to the ProKick Gym in Belfast in 2004 on an official visit and it was great to be invited on a return trip. I feel that this really shows kickboxing is a sport for the new century when so many of us are mixing in such rarefied air. It also says so much about the unifying nature of kickboxing when this happens on a day that frequently means division for so much of Northern Ireland.
"My next challenge is to get President McAleese along to a kickboxing show. Now that would be a story.”

Mr & Mrs President McAleese with Billy MurrayBelfast's new Lord Mayor Pat McCarthy lady Mayoress Mrs McCarthy with some of the kickboers at the ArasDaryl Campbell presents President Mary McAleese with a portraitBoxing promoter Paul McCausland with his good lady JanineDartanian Emery at the garden party in dublin where he met the president of IrelandGroup shot with the President and Doctor McAleeseDaryl Campbell and his better half Tina. Tina is where Daryl gets all his inspiration from for his art.The unveiling of President Mary McAleese' portraitKen Molloy, Tina and Ken Horan at the garden partyIan Young, Adele Robinson and Billy Murray at the ArasWKN Delegation Mr Denis Maloney the man who moves mountains. A big thanks from Billy Murray and from all at Prokick for all the help.

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