FLOWER 1It is with great sadness and regret that we must inform you of the passing of Mr Joe Kirwan earlier today.

Joe was a member of our boxing family since the late seventies and has had many important roles within the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, from his role as Secretary of Irish Rail and later Glasnevin Boxing Clubs to becoming an Officer on the Dublin County Board and the Boxing Council of the IABA.

From 1995-1997, Joe served as Honorary Secretary of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association and in 1997 he was elected as Vice President, working tirelessly in his role, he relished in report making and programme production right up until the last Elite Senior Boxing Championships.

Joe has been a true gentleman to staff, volunteers and patrons of Amateur Boxing and he was well respected for his direct opinions and outstanding memories of boxing stretching as far back as 1937.  His death has caused us deep sorrow and we thank him sincerely for his friendship and lifelong commitment to our Association. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

The IABA extends its deep condolences to the Kirwan family at this difficult time. The Cork Ex-Boxers Association observed one minute’s silence at their meeting as a mark of respect to the late Mr Kirwan tonight, and Michael O’Brien, President of the Cork County Boxing Board, extended his sympathies to the Kirwan family on behalf of the Board

May he rest in eternal peace.

Please click here for Friday’s funeral arrangements.