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Billy Walsh Is In Line For A Spectacular Return To Irish Sport

Billy Walsh Is In Line For A Spectacular Return To Irish Sport
By Gavin Cooney

Less than twelve months after his controversial departure to take over the US Women's Boxing team, Billy Walsh may be in line for a return to the Irish sporting fold, according to John Greene of the Sunday Independent.

Walsh has emerged as the favourite to replace Gary Keegan as director of the Irish Institute of Sport, who is to step down from the position in September.

While the recruitment process is not due to begin until after the Olympics, and no formal interest has been expressed, the Sunday Independent quote a source claiming that Walsh is certainly "on the radar".

While a return for Walsh may be perceived as a major change in attitude by the powers-that-be in Irish sport, this appointment would be made by Spirt Ireland, who hold Walsh in high esteem.

Should Walsh return to Ireland to take Gary Keegan's job title, it would mark one of the greatest ironies in the history of Irish Sport.

Walsh left Ireland as a result of the IABAs refusal to give Walsh the official title and salary of Boxing's High-Performance Director since the departure of Keegan from that role. Walsh had been fulfilling all of the job specs of that job without having it officially recognised by the IABA.

It would appear Sport Ireland have no intention of repeating the IABA's error.

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[Sunday Independent]

See Also: Irish Gymnast Kieran Behan Displayed A Truly Astonishing Level Of Bravery At The Olympics Last Night

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