All Saints

April 22, 2012

All Saints Boxing Club Ballymena September 1961 marked the beginnings of a very special era in Irish amateur  boxing, when Father Alex Darragh founded the Ballymena All Saints Boxing Club on the Cushendall Road.

To celebrate the Saints’ Golden Jubilee, the Club officials commissioned Denis O’Hara to charter the progress of the punching prowess of the many illustrious young boxers who excelled during the past five decades.

The paperback narrative includes 184 photographs and other fascinating images, and features yesteryear recall by original old boy and film icon Liam Neeson – who is the current Club President – and another global giant, World Welterweight champion Eamonn Loughran.

The 144-page tome traces the All Saints’ Club origins, when Father Darragh encouraged youngsters such as Liam Neeson, Paddy and Harry McKeown, Maurice Dempster, Pat and Francis McAnally, Brendan and James McCallion, Sean Johnston, Terry Dalrymple, Robin McLarnon, Jimmy and Robert Meeke, the O’Neill brothers, and Tony McAvoy to join the boxing programme under voluntary trainers, including ex-Burnley and Glenavon soccer ace Paddy Corr.

Special attention is paid to the exploits of the Club’s Senior amateur champions – Maurice Dempster, John Shaw, Tony McAvoy, T.J. Hamill, Dermot Hamill, and Steven Donnelly

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MINNIE O’Hara, an original member of the Glens of Antrim Historical Society in 1965, left a goldmine of recollection relating not only to her experiences as a much-travelled schoolteacher but also acute observations on how life was lived in the Glens of Antrim long before... continue reading

All Saints

September 1961 marked the beginnings of a very special era in Irish amateur boxing, when Father Alex Darragh founded the Ballymena All Saints Boxing Club on the Cushendall Road.