Tears and Tributes – the Twitter reaction to Billy Walsh’s departure from Team Ireland

The Irish boxing community was shocked today with the news that High Performance Unit Head Coach Billy Walsh has resigned from his position with the IABA to take up a role with the US Women’s Boxing team.

While the move had long been threatened, many thought that Walsh would stay following Ireland’s record-breaking performance at the recent World Championships.

Many took to Twitter in the aftermath of the announcement to let their feelings be known

Irish boxers themselves were disappointed

Many wished the Wexford man well

Although some felt quite angry about the ordeal

The Irish media have largely laid the blame at the feet of the IABA

The RTÉ top brass paid tribute to Ireland’s medal mastermind

And Irish celebrities even weighed in

The mood was perhaps best summed up by SunSport’s Kevin Byrne:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie