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Funeral held for Freddie Gilroy, Ireland's Melbourne Olympics boxing hero who died age 80

Published 30/06/2016

The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
Former boxer Eamonn Magee at the funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
Pictured right is former boxer Dougie Adams at the funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
Former boxer Hugh Russell at the funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
The funeral of boxer Freddie Gilroy takes place at Holycross Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 30 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )

The funeral is taking place of one of Northern Ireland's best known boxers Freddie Gilroy who died at the age of 80.

Mourners gathered at Holy Cross Church in Belfast to pay their respects to the legend.

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Gilroy won bantamweight bronze for Ireland in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics before turning professional, winning British, Commonwealth and European titles during his career.

In 1960 he fought Alphonse Halimi for the World Bantamweight title in London, but lost on points. In 1963 Gilroy fought fellow Belfast man John Caldwell.

He won and then announced his retirement after a five-year professional career.

Hollywood movie star Liam Neeson, a former amateur boxer in his native Ballymena, previously described Gilroy as his childhood hero.

Freddie Gilroy:Boxing,Champion
Freddie Gilroy:Boxing,Champion
Olympic Gold Medalist, Robin Dixon (seated centre), was the guest of the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor William Jenkins, at a reception in the City Hall. Included here are a number of other sporting personalities who attended the reception, among them Thelma Hopkins, Mary Peters, John Caldwell, Freddie Gilroy and Tommy Dickson. 14/3/1964
Freddie Gilroy:Boxing, British and Commonwealth bantam champion when he went to London November 1959.
Freddie Gilroy:Boxing, British and Commonwealth bantam champion when he went to London November 1959. Halimi (RIGHT) throws his arm around Gilroy after their gruelling contest. 26/10/1960
Freddie Gilroy:Boxing, British and Commonwealth bantam champion when he went to London November 1959.
Freddie Gilroy:Boxing, British and Commonwealth bantam champion when he went to London November 1959.
Freddie Gilroy:Boxing,Champion 1959.
Freddie Gilroy. Boxing
Freddie Gilroy:Boxing,Champion
31-7-02. Former boxing champion, Freddie Gilroy, at home in Belfast with his wife, Bernadette. Picture by Roy Smyth.
Boxers Freddie Gilroy, Hugh Russell and Neil Sinclair
Liam Neeson with his boxing hero Freddie Gilroy taken at Belfast City Hall
Pic by Alasdair McBroom: Northern Ireland Olympians throw theeir weight behind the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. Pictured are Jim Court (Boxing bronze Tokyo 1964), John Caldwell (Boxing bronze Melbourne 1956), Thelma Hopkins High Jump silver Melbourne 1956), Dame Mary Peters (Pentathlon gold Munich 1972) Hugh Russell (Boxing bronze Moscow 1980) and Freddie Gilroy (Boxing bronze Melbourne 1956)
Freddie Gilroy has died at the age of 80.

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