Tony Byrne

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Tony "Socks" Byrne (born July 6, 1930 in Drogheda, Ireland) is a former amateur boxer. Byrne won a bronze medal for Ireland at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia in the lightweight division.

Melbourne Olympics

Doubt had been been cast over whether Byrne would have the funds to travel to Melbourne to participate in the 1956 Olympics however a fundraising campaign under the banner of " Send Byrne to Melbourne" was created and it raised £653 from local businesses in Drogheda to send him on his quest for glory down under.

Byrne the flag for Ireland at the opening ceremony and was the captain of the Irish boxing team. Byrne beat opponents from Czechoslovakia and the United States before losing in the semi final on a split decision to Harry Kurschat of Germany. In 1962, Byrne, and his wife Honor, emigrated to Canada. The Byrne's settled in Canada and have a family of two girls and a set of twin boys. In 2006 a statue of Byrne was unveiled in his hometown.

Olympic results

References

  • Liam Reilly. "1956 - A year to remember for Drogheda". IrishBoxing.com. [1]
  • CATHOLINE BUTLER. "Drogheda Prepares to Unveil a Statue of Its Favourite Son". Celtic Connection On-line. [2]

Credit

This article borrows from Byrne's article on Wikipedia: [3]