Freedom of Roscommon for O’Rourke sisters tonight

Aoife O’ Rourke with her gold medal at the 2022 Women European Boxing Championships. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

A special night will be held in Aras an Chontae, Roscommon town later this evening (Thursday December 8th) when boxing sisters Aoife and Lisa O’Rourke will be bestowed the Freedom of Roscommon at a special ceremony, beginning at 5.30pm.

Lisa O’Rourke at the Women’s World Boxing Championships

The O’Rourke sisters are among a unique group of people being bestowed with the honour of becoming Roscommon’s first citizens, following in the footsteps of the founder of Strokestown Famine Museum, Jim Callery, musician Brendan Shine and acclaimed actor and Boyle native, Chris O’Dowd.

Aoife recently won her second European title at the EUBC Women’s European Championships in Montenegro in October following in the footsteps of her sister Lisa, who won the IABA Women’s World Championships in Turkey, back in May.

Last year Aoife represented Ireland in the Olympic Games in Tokyo and both girls are aiming to return to the Olympic stage in Paris in 2024, hoping to become the first pair of sisters to represent their country at an Olympic Games.