The world of boxing is today mourning the death of Austin Carruth, famed Irish coach, who passed away on Saturday following an illness.
Austin Carruth guided son Michael to an historic Gold medal in Barcelona at the 1992 Olympic Games – Ireland’s only Gold medal at boxing in the 100 year history of the IABA but in an illustrious career also steered numerous young boxers to Irish and International honours, during his time as coach of the
Drimnagh Boxing Club in Dublin.
IABA President Tommy Murphy paid this tribute to the late Mr Carruth :
“Austin had an enormous influence on Irish boxing and he will be sadly missed by the entire boxing community in Ireland.
“He was a gentleman and a wonderful man to work with. He was a boxing man through and through and the positive impact he has had at all levels of our sport will never be forgotten.
“On behalf of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association I would like to express our deepest condolences to his family.”
IABA Director of Boxing Dominic O’Rourke said that Austin Carruth was an inspirational figure in boxing circles
“Austin Carruth had a tremendous influence on the sport at all levels. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.”
IABA head coach Billy Walsh said that the late Mr Carruth was a father figure.
“He was a father figure to us all. I was on teams with Michael for five years and when I was training in Dublin all that time I stayed in their house and Austin taught me an awful lot about the game.
“Austin was not just a great coach and trainer but he was a thorough gentleman and we will all miss him a lot. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his wife, Joan, and their family at this time.”
Ten-time Irish Senior champion and Olympic silver medallist Ken Egan said he was deeply saddened to hear that Austin Carruth had passed away.
“I remember when I was starting out I used go down to the Drimnagh club and Austin was always available for tips and advice. He was always there for his boxers.
“It’s a sad day for Irish boxing and Irish sport. Austin Carruth was a great coach and a true gentleman.He will be sadly missed.”
Former World and European champion Bernard Dunne, who won 11 Irish titles, three of which were Senior, said that Austin Carruth would be a huge loss to the sport.
“I trained in his club on many occasions. Austin Carruth was a wonderful man who brought so much to the sport. He will be sadly missed by everyone involved with boxing in Ireland.”
““Austin was a magnificent coach and a mentor to many of Ireland’s best boxers. He was a legend in boxing circles and helped to put Drimnagh Boxing Club at the top of the sport”, said Pat Hickey, Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) President.
“At the Barcelona Olympics he made Ireland proud through the gold medal performances of Michael, whose brilliant boxing skills were developed by Austin’s superb coaching knowledge and techniques”
“He will be sadly missed by his family, by the Irish boxing community, the Irish Olympic Movement and by sports lovers everywhere”
Removal this Monday evening to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Greenhills, arriving at 5.30pm. Funeral tomorrow, Tuesday, after 11.30am Mass to Palmerstown Cemetery.