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Young boxer told to 'keep it in the ring' after drugs charge

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Up-and-coming boxer Aaron Walsh wants to represent Ireland

Up-and-coming boxer Aaron Walsh wants to represent Ireland

Up-and-coming boxer Aaron Walsh wants to represent Ireland

A boxer who hopes to represent Ireland was caught with cannabis after he waved at gardaí across the street.

Up-and-coming boxer Aaron Walsh appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with possession of drugs.

The court was told the 19-year-old Dubliner was smoking cannabis outside Dunnes Stores in Letterkenny on September 6 last year.

Sergeant Jim Collins said gardaí passed by Mr Walsh, of Pinewood Green Lawns, Balbriggan, who waved at them.

Suspicious

The gardaí became suspicious so they stopped Mr Walsh and got a smell of cannabis.

Mr Walsh told the court that he was up visiting friends in Letterkenny and admitted smoking the cannabis.

Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Walsh if he knew that if he got a conviction for drugs he may not be able to travel abroad.

Mr Walsh said he did and he was worried about that as he wanted to represent Ireland at international level.

Mr Walsh, who boxes for Bracken Boxing Club in Balbriggan, said he reached the final of the Irish Championship at 69kg weight.

Judge Kelly asked Mr Walsh if he was any good.

Mr Walsh replied: "I'm good enough. Well, I have more wins than losses anyway."

Mr Walsh told the judge that he no longer smokes.

Judge Kelly said that considering Mr Walsh had travelled by bus to Donegal and made an effort to come to court he would apply the Probation Act.

The Judge told Mr Walsh: "Good luck with your boxing career and keep it in the ring."


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