Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has congratulated Paul and Gary O’Donovan on their success in winning a silver medal at the Olympic Games.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “There has been a huge build up to this race right across Cork over the last 24 hours, you could sense the excitement growing throughout the county. It’s absolutely terrific to see Paul and Gary pull through and secure a silver medal. It’s a historic day for Rowing Ireland and for their hometown of Skibbereen.

“Paul and Gary have acted as an inspiration for aspiring athletes right across Ireland, and they are a superb role model for children. Hopefully their success will be followed by further medals for Team Ireland in the coming days. Today has been a major boost for the Irish athletes in Rio, the whole of the country is fully behind Team Ireland as they push for further wins in the Olympic Games.”