Sunday 18 August 2019

Hundreds pay tribute to boxer Sheehy

Kevin Sheehy. Picture: Sportsfile
Kevin Sheehy. Picture: Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

The queue stretched around the block in Limerick last night as hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects to Limerick boxer Kevin Sheehy.

The 20-year-old heavyweight died in the early hours of Monday morning after he was struck by a car on the Hyde Road in the city.

Sheehy fought out of the St Francis Club in Limerick. His coffin at Cross's Funeral Home was flanked by boxing ropes last evening.

"This has left Irish boxing shocked and deeply saddened," said Dom O'Rourke, President of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) who was at the service with Stephen Connolly, IABA National Registrar.

"Kevin was a very talented young athlete with a lot of potential and our prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

Two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan, who Sheehy listed as his most inspirational boxer, also offered his condolences to the family.

"I met him more than once in training camps in the amateurs and he was a very talented young boxer," he said.

A man has been charged with murder in relation to the incident.

Irish Independent

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