Boxing fan Liam reunited with childhood hero
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.