THOUSANDS of people are expected to line the streets of Limerick this Wednesday to welcome home world boxing champion Andy Lee.
The Castleconnell boxer, who won the WBO Middleweight boxing title in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning, is expected to touch down at Shannon Airport shortly after midday on Wednesday before he gets a garda escort into the city.
A press conference is to take place in the city at approximately 3pm followed by a civic reception at approximately 4.30 at City Hall on Merchant’s Quay hosted by Limerick City and County Council.
The world champion will then be introduced to the public at the entrance to City Hall at approximately 5.30pm.
Congratulating Andy Lee, Mayor of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Kevin Sheahan, said Limerick is looking forward to welcoming home its new WBO Middleweight World Champion.
“Andy Lee is our first world boxing champion and we’re thrilled with his success,” Mayor Kevin Sheahan said.
“Since his early days as an amateur boxer with the St Francis boxing club in the city to bringing home the WBO Middleweight World Champion title from Las Vegas over the weekend, we are immensely proud of his achievements. I would like to say a huge congratulations to Andy and I know the people of Limerick will turn out in their droves to welcome him back home this Wednesday.”
Following the announcement of the homecoming, the boxer tweeted. “Limerick, I’m coming home! Thank you to Limerick City, a civic reception planned for Wednesday. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.”