Seconds Out: celebrating the Mammy of Irish Boxing on International Women’s Day

The Mammy of Irish Boxing, so named by Kellie Harrington during the Tokyo Olympics, is being celebrated for her vast contribution to Irish Boxing with a keynote film released to mark International Women’s Day.

Anna Moore, of St. Francis Boxing Club, Limerick, joined the Irish Boxing Family in the late 1960s, and was a vital force in the development of women’s boxing in Ireland. Women’s boxing here is 23 years old this year – the first women’s competitive bout took place on Hallowe’en night, 2001, between Katie Taylor and Alanna Nihell. It was officiated by Illes Golden Glove BC’s Sadie Duffy.

Anna has held leadership roles in boxing at European and World level, through membership of dedicated Women’s Committees. She is an elected member of Munster Provincial Council and the IABA’s Central Council, which operates the sport of amateur boxing on the island of Ireland.

Anna, as Team Manager, has also led Irish teams to great success at European and World level, at Youth and Junior age groups. She is vital to the management of National Championships at the home of Irish Boxing, through her administration of these competitions. She is also an IABA qualified coach, and a national and internationally qualified judge.

Anna says “What motivates me is the kids; I love ‘em, they’re like my own. They call me the Mammy of Boxing – I’d say at this stage I could be the Nana of boxing. But it’s the kids that motivate me. When I see them boxing here, and then you see them in the Worlds and you see them in the Europeans – to me, that’s my legacy, for them to say, I was always there. And they do. I’m seeing the boxers I went away with when they 13, 14, 15 – and they’re mothers now!

The film features contributions by Tokyo and Paris Olympian, Michaela Walsh, National Registrar Philip Rooney, Leinster President Jim Murrin, Ulster Provincial Council’s Eugene Duffy, High Performance Director Tricia Heberle and High Performance Head Coach, Zauri Antia.

Michaela says “Everyone called her the Mummy of Irish boxing. She’s an Irish Boxing legend. Just when you’re away, she’s amazing to be with. An amazing personality. Sometimes when you’re away, boxing can be very serious. To have someone like Anna, who has the craic and a laugh, she just takes that seriousness away”

Seconds Out

This piece is part of the Seconds Out series, delving in to the lifeblood of Irish Boxing as we approach 100 years of Olympic participation and success. The first episode, High Performance on the Road to Paris, offered a window in to High Performance, with contributions by Head Coach, Zauri Antia, Coach Damian Kennedy, HP Director Tricia Heberle and Olympian, Michaela Walsh.

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Women in Sport Week Events.

IABA’s Women in Sport Lead, Sophie Doolan, has developed a series of events in line with Sport Ireland’s WIS week pillars, including:

March 4th: High Performance – profiling some of the key women in High Performance Boxing

March 5th: Visibility – IABA will launch Phase Two of the Ringcraft programme on Tuesday.

March 6th – IABA will replatfom to clubs the keynote advice development by the Women in Leadership Group in 2022 to assist clubs in supporting women and girls in our sport.

March 7th – Coaching & Officiating. IABA has asked clubs to contribute to the highlighting of women coaches and officials in their club.

March 8th – International Women’s Day

*IABA’s National Secretary will share a keynote message with women of Irish Boxing

*IABA’s brand new Youth Leadership programme will open to expressions of interest from young women

*IABA Ulster will host a Try It! day for primary and secondary school students in Belfast.