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Down GAA extends congratulations to former camog and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Ciara Mageean

Ciara Mageean (centre) on her way to a silver medal in the Women's 1500m. Picture by Martin Rickett/PA Wire

DOWN GAA has extended congratulations to Commonwealth silver medal winner Ciara Mageean and voiced hope that she'll attend upcoming championship fixtures.

The Portaferry-born middle distance runner played camogie for her local club when younger, while her father Chris 'The Hunter' Mageean is a former Down hurler.

St Patrick's Portaferry is due to face Breda this Saturday at Carryduff in latest round of Senior Hurling Championship matches.

Coiste Chontae an Dúin described Sunday's medal winning performance in the Women's 1500m as a "great achievement" and extended congratulations to her family and to the Gaels of Portaferry.

"Ciara has always been a good friend to Down GAA and we look forward to seeing her at home again and attending our Championship Fixtures in the weeks ahead," the Down GAA statement said.

Sunday's Commonwealth Games' final was watched live by Ciara's friends and family at the St Patrick's Portaferry clubhouse. Footage shared on social media by the club's account shows her uncles celebrating their niece's achievement.

"The snug bar was packed out to see an incredible run from Ciara which she achieved an season best," the tweet said.

"Everyone is extremely proud Ciara, well done."

Meanwhile, Athletics NI coach Laura Kerr has revealed how Ciara's mum travelled to Belfast's Shankill Road to buy a flag for Team NI just days before they for the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018. On Twitter she told how the flag had since been looked after by Athletics NI's Tom Reynolds.