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Sunday 24 February 2019

Presentation made to boxing legends

The Riverbank House Hotel was the venue for presentations to Aidan O’Sullivan (Wexford) and Mick Quigley (Enniscorthy) for services to boxing in County Wexford by the Wexford Ex-boxers Group
The Riverbank House Hotel was the venue for presentations to Aidan O’Sullivan (Wexford) and Mick Quigley (Enniscorthy) for services to boxing in County Wexford by the Wexford Ex-boxers Group

Brendan Keane

The Wexford Ex-Boxers group has acknowledged two of the county's foremost exponents of the sport in recognition of their contribution to boxing in the county over the years.

The newly formed non-profit organisation was established to honour those who have committed their time and dedication to promoting boxing in Co Wexford.

The two men presented with lifetime awards at the ceremony in the Riverbank House Hotel were Aidan O'Sullivan, from Wexford, and Mick Quigley, from Enniscorthy.

Speaking to this newspaper about the group one of its members, Francis Keeling, said the main aim is to honour those who have promoted the sport for many years.

'We hope to erect a memorial bench honouring the late Bernard Dunne, from Enniscorthy, who worked with the Council for many years,' said Mr Keeling.

The group is awaiting the go-ahead from Enniscorthy Municipal District Council to erect the seat which Mr Keeling said will honour a man who was highly respected within his community and also within the world of boxing.

Mr Dunne's widow, Betty, was in attendance at the presentation ceremony honouring Mr Quigley and Mr O'Sullivan who, although originally from Co Tipperary, has been living in Wexford for over 60 years.

Mr O'Sullivan is a founder member of the CBS Boxing club and won the Leinster title nine years-in-a-row in addition to being all-Ireland champion five years-in-a-row.

'It's something that has never been done since and while Brendan Kelly achieved six all-Ireland titles since, Aidan was the first man to do what he did.' said Mr Keeling.

'He was also a teacher in the CBS,' he added.

Mr Keeling highlighted the enormous tradition of success that Co Wexford has within the sport of boxing with the county having produced numerous national and international champions down through the years.

In addition to his talent in the ring Mr Quigley became a highly respected referee and judge and Mr Keeling highlighted that all officials who emerged from Wexford over the past few decades 'had to go through Mick for tutoring'.

'He is still in action at tournaments,' said Mr Keeling, before highlighting the fact that both men still love the sport.

At the ceremony the group's Chairperson, Jim O'Sullivan, made a presentation to Mr Quigley while Mr O'Sullivan received his acknowledgement from Mick Cullen - the group's President.

The Wexford Ex-boxers Group meets once-a-month and it plans to honour other people associated with the sport over the coming months.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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