Irish boxing lost one of its great coaches and characters following the passing of Michael 'Chick' Gillen.

Gillen was a champion boxer himself, a barber by day, but best known for his work with young fighters in Galway city.

He trained dozens of national champions, founding the Olympic Boxing Club which began life in a shipping container.

Gillen dedicated his life to building a gym from bricks and mortar that would be open to kids of all background.

That was an ambition he ultimately fulfilled.

The highlight of his coaching career was training Francis Barrett who became the first Traveller to take part in an Olympic Games when he fought in Atlanta in 1996.

Here we reflect in the life and achievement's of 'Chick' Gillen.

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