Dean's proud granny cheers him on from her Wexford home

By AMY LEWIS

Published 18/08/2015 | 00:00

Dean Walsh celebrates after his quarter final victory at the EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships in Bulgaria. Inset: Dean's gran Kathleen who watching the bout on TV.
Dean Walsh celebrates after his quarter final victory at the EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships in Bulgaria. Inset: Dean's gran Kathleen who watching the bout on TV.
At the Liam Walsh Memorial Night in St Josephs Club on Saturday night were Back; kevin, Donal, Toddy and Billy Walsh Front; Deena Robinson, Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Walsh, Helen Gethings and Christine Walsh

Proud grandmother Kathleen Walsh is used to seeing grandson Dean when he pays her daily visits in her neighbouring house in Wolfe Tone Villas

However, for the last few weeks, she has become accustomed to seeing him on the small screen as the Wexford boxer battled it out at the European Elite Championships in Bulgaria. Kathleen, who watched Dean's every move on television, described her feelings when he became the first Wexford boxer to win a European Elite medal.

'I'm very pleased for him, I'm delighted,' she said. 'It is nice to see that he is following on from his family members before him.'

The 76-year-old ensures she never misses a fight and tapes any that she may not be around for. Although she said that she is always nervous when watching him, she feels this is 'only natural'.

According to Kathleen, Dean has had an interest in boxing from a very young age, a passion that was largely influenced by his grandfather and boxing coach, the late Liam Walsh, and uncle, Billy Walsh, who is Ireland's leading boxing coach.

'He was down in the club from a very young age,' she said. 'He always had an interest.'

Since then, Kathleen has seen the 21-year-old achieve great success. Most recently, Dean achieved the biggest win of his career when he beat Hungary's Georgian Nyeki and received a bronze medal in the European Elite Championships. His win also secured him a place at the World boxing championship in Doha in October.

Although Dean faced disappointment when he lost 3-0 in the semi-finals to Vitaly Dunaytsen, the young boxer remains as determined as ever. According to Kathleen, he aspires to go even further in his boxing career.

'He will be hoping to get to the Olympics one day,' she said. 'It him the initiative to go on.'

Regardless of whether he achieves his goal, Kathleen will still be as proud as ever.

'We'll wait and see what happens', she said 'It's just nice to see him with an interest.'

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