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Katie Taylor's first public book signing next weekend has been made ticket only.

Tickets will cost €4.99 each, but the good news for those who want to meet the Olympic boxing champion is that the €4.99 will come off the €19.99 price of the book.

Taylor's book, 'My Olympic Dream', is a 224-page illustrated hardback, with many behind-the-scenes pictures never seen before. It is likely to knock out everything else in the bestseller charts in the run-up to Christmas.

The book goes on sale on Thursday and Taylor will be doing her first signing in her home town of Bray next Saturday.

The signing had been planned for the Dubray bookstore in the town but has been shifted to the nearby Royal Hotel to cope with the expected crowds.

It will start at 11am and only ticket holders will be admitted. The tickets are available from all branches of the Dubray bookshop chain and are on sale now.

Susan Walsh, of Dubray Books, said that Taylor was always going to do the first book signing in her home town.

The book is being published by British giant Simon & Schuster and it is expected to be a big seller in the UK and internationally as well as in Ireland.

The publishers said the book told her own story of how she got into boxing, how much she loves the sport and what she was feeling during the extraordinary scenes people all over Ireland watched on TV during the summer.

Emotional

Taylor was quite reserved in her comments to the media after the fights but in her book she explains in detail what it was like for her and how emotional it was. She also talks about her faith and how much her belief means to her.

Meanwhile, Olympic boxing coach Billy Walsh is to receive his home town's highest honour when he is awarded the Freedom of Wexford in a special ceremony tomorrow week.

London medal winners Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan have all been invited.

The celebrations will begin at 2.30pm at Wexford Opera House with music by the Wexford Folk Orchestra and a performance by Mr Walsh's son and his band.

Irish Independent