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Emyvale Boxing Club as formed in the Borderlight Ballroom, Emyvale, in 1959. The Borderlight Ballroom was originally Benny’s Ballroom as a Benny McMahon owned it and ran dances there. Benny and family lived for a time where Anna McKenna lives in Drumully. He had a son and a daughter. His son is a priest in Manchester, Fr. Pat, and has a special seat for all Manchester United home games. He is a close friend to the former manager at United, Alex Ferguson. Benny then passed his ‘Ballroom’ on to other dance band managers until the Parish bought it and it became the DPC – Donagh Parochial Centre. Lots of activity was carried on there and plenty of clubs formed. Drama groups, Badminton, Indoor soccer, dancing, travelling Variety groups, and the Boxing Club etc etc. - in a sense it took over from the Parochial which was later converted to Oratory. The Boxing club flourished and was very active. The late Jimmy Skinnader was a leading member and the Club Trainer. There were about 20 boxers in the club, varying from time to time, and a number of them became well known in Ulster. Most of the members had at least 20 bouts in their time in the club but one, Sean McKenna, who transferred from Portadown to Emyvale, had over 70 bouts in the ring but local man, Patsy McKenna, had over 85. The late Peter McKenna had great potential as had Dessie Keenan, Tom Treanor and many others. The reason why I am posting this is that I came across the first Boxing Tournament programme for the Emyvale Club and it was held in the Borderlight in February 1968. The referee was a man called Albert Uprichard. He was a senior member of Ulster Boxing and a great friend to the Emyvale club. Another man mentioned as a Judge is Roy Baldwin from Monaghan and he also was a well-known figure in the sport and supportive of Emyvale. Seamus McCluskey was M.C and Fr. Barney McCarney presented the prizes. Medical Officer was Dr. O’Connor. The programme cost 1/- (one shilling - which was 5cents in Euro.) There were 18 fights in all. The boxers came from Smithboro (Francis Hurson, T.P. Murphy, Tony O’Gorman), Enniskillen, Cootehill, St. Michael’s, Coalisland, Cookstown, Dromore, Wattlebridge. Emyvale was represented by: Peter McKenna, Frank Treanor, Sean McKenna, Enda Keenan, Jim Harvey, Patsy McKenna, Brian Harvey, Tom Treanor and Eamonn Keenan. A couple of boxers failed to arrive and three others took their place but they are not named in the programme and the results of each bout is not recorded. However the final bout of the night was a great fight between Tom Rutherford (Cootehill the Mid-Ulster Champion at the time) v Bob Espie (Coolstown and the 1964 Irish Champion). At the time of the Tournament the following were the officers of the club: President – John McKenna; Chairman – Jimmy McKenna; Secretary – Jimmy Skinnader; and Treasurer – Tom Treanor. Our photos below show some bouts in later years and these were in the DPC. I’m sure you will recognise some of the people in them. Someone might even tell me the names of some of them??
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Emyvale Boxing Club as formed in the Borderlight Ballroom, Emyvale, in 1959. The Borderlight Ballroom was originally Benny’s Ballroom as a Benny McMahon owned it and ran dances there. Benny and family lived for a time where Anna McKenna lives in Drumully. He had a son and a daughter. His son is a priest in Manchester, Fr. Pat, and has a special seat for all Manchester United home games. He is a close friend to the former manager at United, Alex Ferguson. Benny then passed his ‘Ballroom’ on to other dance band managers until the Parish bought it and it became the DPC – Donagh Parochial Centre. Lots of activity was carried on there and plenty of clubs formed. Drama groups, Badminton, Indoor soccer, dancing, travelling Variety groups, and the Boxing Club etc etc. - in a sense it took over from the Parochial which was later converted to Oratory. The Boxing club flourished and was very active. The late Jimmy Skinnader was a leading member and the Club Trainer. There were about 20 boxers in the club, varying from time to time, and a number of them became well known in Ulster. Most of the members had at least 20 bouts in their time in the club but one, Sean McKenna, who transferred from Portadown to Emyvale, had over 70 bouts in the ring but local man, Patsy McKenna, had over 85. The late Peter McKenna had great potential as had Dessie Keenan, Tom Treanor and many others. The reason why I am posting this is that I came across the first Boxing Tournament programme for the Emyvale Club and it was held in the Borderlight in February 1968. The referee was a man called Albert Uprichard. He was a senior member of Ulster Boxing and a great friend to the Emyvale club. Another man mentioned as a Judge is Roy Baldwin from Monaghan and he also was a well-known figure in the sport and supportive of Emyvale. Seamus McCluskey was M.C and Fr. Barney McCarney presented the prizes. Medical Officer was Dr. O’Connor. The programme cost 1/- (one shilling - which was 5cents in Euro.) There were 18 fights in all. The boxers came from Smithboro (Francis Hurson, T.P. Murphy, Tony O’Gorman), Enniskillen, Cootehill, St. Michael’s, Coalisland, Cookstown, Dromore, Wattlebridge. Emyvale was represented by: Peter McKenna, Frank Treanor, Sean McKenna, Enda Keenan, Jim Harvey, Patsy McKenna, Brian Harvey, Tom Treanor and Eamonn Keenan. A couple of boxers failed to arrive and three others took their place but they are not named in the programme and the results of each bout is not recorded. However the final bout of the night was a great fight between Tom Rutherford (Cootehill the Mid- Ulster Champion at the time) v Bob Espie (Coolstown and the 1964 Irish Champion). At the time of the Tournament the following were the officers of the club: President – John McKenna; Chairman – Jimmy McKenna; Secretary – Jimmy Skinnader; and Treasurer – Tom Treanor. Our photos below show some bouts in later years and these were in the DPC. I’m sure you will recognise some of the people in them. Someone might even tell me the names of some of them??