Not In His Corner


Katie Taylor with her father Peter Taylor return home from Bejing in 2012

“First and foremost, I would like to wish my most heartfelt condolences to the family of Bobby Messett for their tragic loss. I can’t imagine the despair or the sense of injustice they must be dealing with. I’m praying they know God’s comfort in the hard days ahead.

For my Dad, I’m very thankful and relieved he made it through this horrific attack and is recovering well. I understand there is still a lot of uncertainty about the nature of the incident but I’m hoping the gardaí will get to the bottom of it very soon.

As many of you know, I have been somewhat estranged from my Dad for a number of years now. I’ve had little contact with him in the last three years and no contact or association whatsoever with Bray Boxing Club since 2015.

I have been appalled by the misuse of my name and image during the reporting of this incident in the media coverage, it has been reckless and irresponsible, and a deliberate attempt to inappropriately leverage my name to sell a story. I urge the media to leave me, my Mum and other family members out of this story.

Finally, to Bobby’s family: You didn’t deserve this heartache, I’m so sorry for your loss.”

Katie Taylor, last night.

‘I’ve had little contact with him in the last three years…’ – Katie Taylor issues statement on Bray Boxing Club shooting (

Previously: In Bray


22 thoughts on “Not In His Corner

  1. Glenda Geraghty

    two Bray stories on the front page? wow. and like, so Bray. Boxing, shooting, shinners – everything

  2. Col

    She probably would have been better saying nothing, it’s like shouting “hey, everyone, don’t look over here!”
    Bit of a Streisand Effect.

  3. Martco

    yeah better off saying nothing but I imagine Eddie Hearn made her…

    there’s 2 stories in Bray that I know of: 1) the usual basic domestics one about Pete hooking himself up with the younger nicer model
    2) Katie not liking the circles Pete involves himself with & wanting as far away as possible

    anyone else know of other lines of gossip atall, work away

    1. jusayinlike

      That young model Pete cosied up to was one of Katie’s best friends, that’s why she has nothing to do with Pete anymore..

  4. JD

    I think she had to say something if only to sympathize with the person who was killed. The capacity of the media to turn things into a circus is unbridled…

  5. Junkface

    Its weird that a man who is so very, VERY, religious has gotten mixed up with a gangland related crowd and was at the end of an attempted assassination. Crazy stuff, but apparently Pete Taylor is a little nuts too.

    Katie Taylor is a great woman and a great role model, but the religious stuff can be very strange to hear from her sometimes in interviews.

    1. Harry Molloy

      she seems lovely and nothing wrong with being religious, same rules apply as anything else – as long as you’re not hurting anyone (and as long as you’re not dav)

      1. mildred st meadowlark

        I think you’re right there. She’s a credit to Ireland, and her faith is clearly a big part of her life. Leave her at it.

        1. Harry Molloy

          I’m not ,more is the misfortune as if I was I would be in constant fear of my mentality.

          but I don’t hate the church as much as many because I can separate it at a local level from the monstrosity of hypocrisy of the national and international organisation. and I can do that because of a great priest from my little village who has given people a lot of support and happiness when they’ve needed it over the years. so religion isn’t synonymous with evil for me.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Now, now, Janet. That’s far too liberal. Life would be no fun on here if we were all “Ah, let him at it”. Irrepressible rage towards the opposing viewpoint: that’s how it works. Incandescence. Thunderous fury.

          1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

            but, but it’s a Friday and I gotta go party and dance and tell everyone I love them a few times
            I’m exhausted from trying to do my toenails
            I’ll try drum up some rage tomorrow when my head hurts and I realise I’m out of real coffee …again

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