Walsh 'honoured' to be made Freeman of Wexford


BOXING:Irish boxing coach Billy Walsh will follow in the footsteps of Charles Stewart Parnell, John F Kennedy and Mary Robinson next Sunday when he is made an Honorary Freeman of Wexford.

Walsh, head coach with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s Elite High Performance Unit, helped steer Ireland to seven medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

One gold, two silver and four bronze medals was the total haul for Irish boxing from the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympiads.

Walsh, a former Wexford hurler and footballer, said: “I grew up in Wexford and to have this honour bestowed on me by the people of Wexford is an unbelievable highlight. I am very grateful and honoured,” he said.

Walsh will be made Honorary Freeman of Wexford next Sunday at an official ceremony which begins at 2.30pm at the Wexford Arts Centre.

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