Two-time Irish Olympian and Cork Boxer of the Century (1914/2014) with his late coach Albue Murphy

Two-time Irish Olympian and Cork Boxer of the Century (1914/2014) Kieran Joyce with his late coach Albie Murphy


Bishop Lucey Park will host an historic day for Cork boxing on September 10th next.

The event, which begins at 11am, will celebrate Leeside’s outstanding contribution to the sport in Ireland amidst a carnival atmosphere.Bands will play and choirs will sing,courtesy of the Cork Butter Exchange Band and the Cork Choristers.

An invitation has been extended to the Cork public to join the boxing fraternity for the occasion,while the red carpet will be rolled out for the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA).

A warm Leeside welcomes awaits IABA President Pat Ryan, CEO Fergal Carruth, National Registrar Stephen Connolly, former IABA President Breandán Ó Conaire and Olympic champion Michael Carruth.

Gerry O’Mahony, President of the Munster Council, will also attend, along with Cork Olympians and Youth Olympians, Kieran Joyce, Paul Buttimer, Michael Roche and Christina Desmond.

The centre point of the day’s celebrations will feature the unveiling of two plaques on the Boxing Wall in Bishop Lucy Park to perpetuate the memory of the legendary, Tommy “The Prince” Hyde and Paddy “The Champ” Martin, father of Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin.

”It is fitting that Cork and Irish boxing celebrates these two greats of our sport,” said IABA President Pat Ryan.

Michael O’Brien, President of the Cork County Boxing Board, said all involved with the sport in the southern capital were eagerly looking forward to the autumnal celebrations.

See today’s Boxing Page on the Cork Evening Echo for further details.