Friday 24 February 2017

Boxing fan Liam reunited with childhood hero

Shane Hickey

Liam Neeson pictured with former boxer Freddie Gilroy in Belfast yesterday.
Liam Neeson pictured with former boxer Freddie Gilroy in Belfast yesterday.

HOLLYWOOD star Liam Neeson was back home yesterday to be reunited with a childhood hero.

The actor joked around with former boxer Freddie Gilroy at the launch of the Belfast Boxing Ring, a new organisation set up to commemorate masters of the sport, at the City Hall.

Mr Gilroy (79), an Olympic medal winner in 1956, was a hero of the young Neeson, and the pair were first pictured together at the height of the sportsman's fame in 1962.

The 'A-Team' star was a boxing enthusiast as a young boy growing up in Ballymena and took to the ring himself on many occasions.

The Belfast Boxing Ring, of which Mr Neeson is a patron, will be officially launched tonight with the aim of getting statues and plaques put up around the city in memory of the great boxers from Belfast.

Irish Independent

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