Joy and celebration in north Sligo, south Donegal as Mona reaches Olympic final

There’s joy, celebration — and further high hopes — in Sligo and Donegal after Grange swimmer Mona McSharry made history on reaching the final of the 100m breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics.

She’s the first Irish swimmer to make an Olympic final in 25 years.

The 20-year-old Sligo woman, who swims with the Marlins Club in Ballyshannon, finished fourth in her semi-final to qualify in eighth overall and become only the second Irish swimmer ever to make an Olympic final.

She made Tuesday’s final by one hundred of a second at the expense of Australian Chelsea Hodges.

Her final will take place at 3:17 Irish time tomorrow morning.

Earlier today, these people in Grange told of their joy when speaking to our sports editor, Austin O Callaghan.