Belfast Telegraph

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

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.

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