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Sunday 11 December 2016

Tributes for Carruth

Published 28/02/2011 | 05:00

Tributes have poured in for Irish coach Austin Carruth, who passed away on Saturday.

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Carruth helped steer numerous young boxers to Irish and international honours from the Drimnagh Boxing Club in Dublin.

He also guided his son Michael to the 1992 Olympic title -- Ireland's only boxing gold medal at Olympic level.

Ten-time Irish senior champion and Olympic silver medallist Ken Egan said he was deeply saddened by the news.

"I remember when I was starting out I used go down to the Drimnagh club and Austin was always available for tips and advice. He was always there for his boxers," he said.

"It's a sad day for Irish boxing and Irish sport. Austin was a great coach and a true gentleman and he had a massive influence on our sport. He will be sadly missed."

Tommy Murphy, president of the IABA, added: "Austin had an enormous influence on Irish boxing. He was a gentleman and a wonderful man to work with. The positive impact he has had at all levels of our sport will never be forgotten."

Former WBA super-bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne said: "I trained in his club on many occasions. Austin was a wonderful man who brought so much to the sport. He will be sadly missed by everyone involved with boxing in Ireland."

Irish Independent

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