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Tributes for Carruth

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

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