Why Walsh's departure is a sucker punch for Irish sport
There have been great coaches who contributed to many sports in this country over the years. Names like Mick O'Dwyer (Kerry), Brian Cody (Kilkenny), Kevin Heffernan (Dublin), Eamonn Ryan (Cork Ladies Gaelic football), Declan Kidney and Eddie O'Sullivan (rugby) and, in national boxing, there was Billy Walsh (Wexford) - he too is among the greats.
Walsh found his niche coaching the Irish Olympian boxing teams under the guidance of the first founder of the 'high-performance unit' for boxing. Our teams were successful in the last two Olympics and at European and World championships.
He learned from the best coaching techniques in countries like Russia and was sought after by countries after the London 2012 Olympics. He and his teams won seven boxing medals out of 10 Olympic medals won by Ireland since 2000. He received the Freedom of Wexford from his home county in 2012. He guided the young boxers this month to one gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships.