Hero of Ireland who won the bantamweight division boxing silver medal at the 2012 Olympic games in London.
He asked his father if he could learn boxing when he was seven, and had his first bout - against a 12 year-old - the next year.
He is a member of Ireland's traveller community, a distrusted minority in the country.
He defeated his cousin, Michael Nevin, to win the Senior National All Irelands in 2012, his fifth consecutive national senior title.
Katie Taylor, a fellow Irishwoman, also won a boxing medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.