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TOKYO: The home flags are out for Darragh and the Irish show jumping team
on 04 August 2021
Darragh Kenny's homeplace has the flags and 'good luck' signs out for their hero

MOYSTOWN Cross, Darragh Kenny’s home near Belmont, is a colourful sight with good luck signs and the Irish and Olympic flags flying. And a Swiss flag too.

Lorna Kenny, the aunt of Darragh who clocked the fastest Irish round on the first day of show jumping at the Tokyo Olympics, is married to Swiss native Andreas Balsiger. His nephew Bryan is on the Swiss team for these Games.

The home flags are out for Darragh Kenny in Belmont, Co Offaly. His aunt Lorna Kenny, is married to Swiss native Andreas Balsiger whose nephew Bryan is on the Swiss team so the tricolour and the Swiss flag hang proudly for their Olympic heroes \ Susan Finnerty

“Super excited after the performance he [Darragh] gave today. If he does that tomorrow (Wednesday)… but there’s a lot of good riders in there, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

The couple had planned to travel to Tokyo to support the pair before the pandemic hit. “When the Irish team qualified in Barcelona and there was talk of Bryan possibly going as well, we said we’d definitely have to make an effort to go. And then Covid happened so there was no going then.” Lorna said.

As well as helping her brothers Harry and Luke decorate the family house, Kathryn Eve set up the Discovery channel instead for her mother to tune in to Tokyo. “I was up bright and early and then the lads come home from work to watch it,” said Lorna who would like to see more show jumping coverage on mainstream TV channels.

On the ball: A big show of support for Darragh Kenny from his local Belmont GAA Club \ Susan Finnerty

“An awful lot of people were ringing us, texting us, asking ‘Where do we watch it?’. They hadn’t downloaded Discovery so we said keep watching RTE, it will surely come up. My 87-year-old aunt in Mayo, Carmel Walsh was ringing my sister, ‘Where is he?’ as she was so excited, waiting for Darragh on RTE.”

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