Sunday 4 December 2016

Walsh's belief in a better way still the light to follow

Another glorious week for Irish boxing emphasises the huge impact of Wexford coach

Published 15/08/2015 | 02:30

The sight of Billy Walsh at ringside while Irish boxers are winning medals has become as familiar as Kilkenny in Croke Park every September
The sight of Billy Walsh at ringside while Irish boxers are winning medals has become as familiar as Kilkenny in Croke Park every September

On Thursday, Kenneth Egan marked five years of sobriety with a simple Tweet celebrating the beautiful paradox of accepting "defeat" to come "out the winner."

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Egan's life lurched into public chaos after the Beijing Olympics, contaminated by flaring celebrity and the phoney friendships that that engenders. As he put it in his autobiography, "There were people touching me as if it was going to heal the limp in their legs."

For two years, alcohol was his refuge as Olympic silver transported him to a place that, in his dreams, had been all he ever wanted it to be but, in reality, became a prison.

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