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Thursday 17 April 2014

Walsh gets freedom of home town

IRISH BOXING coach Billy Walsh, pictured, fought back tears of joy as he received his hometown's greatest honour -- the Freeman of Wexford.

Hundreds of people lined the streets for a parade through the town yesterday.

Mr Walsh, head coach with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association's Elite High Performance Unit, helped steer Ireland to seven medals at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

"I am overawed and overjoyed," Mr Walsh said, thanking his family for their support, despite having missed important family occasions because of his job.

Irish Independent

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