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Thursday 18 July 2019

Boxing: Irish great Tony 'Socks' Byrne dies

Tony 'Socks' Byrne has died at the age of 82
Tony 'Socks' Byrne has died at the age of 82

Former Olympic medallist Tony 'Socks' Byrne has died at the age of 82.

Tommy Murphy, the President of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, has led the tributes to Drogheda-born Byrne

Tony Byrne, who boxed out of the Tredagh BC in Drogheda,  won lightweight bronze at the 1956 Olympics in  Melbourne after losing out to Harry Kurschat of United Germany on a split decision in the semi-finals.

A few months after that defeat, Byrne beat Great Britain’s Dick McTaggart, who beat Kurschat in the Olympic final, in an England v Ireland international at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ronnie Delaney claimed gold at the 1956 Olympics, while Byrne’s team-mates on the Irish boxing team, Fred Tiedt, John Caldwell and

Fred Gilroy, won silver and two bronze medals.

Byrne emigrated to Canada in the 1960s. IABA President Murphy, also a Drogheda-native, described the 1956 Irish Olympian as an inspiration.

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