I Nearly Met Gene Tunney

February 27, 2012

I Nearly Met Gene TunneyDENIS O’Hara’s unrivalled recall in his 280-page paperback ‘I Nearly Met Gene Tunney’ features a multitude of monumental moments in the history of amateur and professional boxing provides a fascinating and unique charter on the life and times of the many famous Irish fighters who stepped through the ropes during a period that stretches from the beginning of the 20th century to 2011.

This is an indispensable index of iconic boxing men, mainly from Northern Ireland, and the cleverly crafted chronicle also includes numerous ring masters who were unfortunate not to achieve global fame, yet were huge attractions in their own areas. O’Hara’s fascinating journey begins with a previously unrecorded private visit by the Irish-American World Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney to the Antrim Coast area of Cushendun, in August 1952, followed three days later by a public and published appearance of Tunney and his wife as guests of Belfast City Hall.

The unmatchable tome includes 150 photographs, and is a comprehensive collection of the brave boxing exploits of Irish ring luminaries such as Rinty Monaghan, Jimmy Warnock, Bunty Doran, Tommy Armour, John Caldwell, Freddie Gilroy, Billy ‘Spider’ Kelly, Jim McCourt, Dave ‘Boy’ McAuley, Barry McGuigan, Gerry ‘Ducksy’ Hamill, Charlie Nash, Sam Storey, Hugh Russell, Gordon Ferris, Danny McAlinden, Eamonn Loughran, Wayne McCullough, and Ray Close.

Also in the fighter’s frame are such talents as Eamonn McCusker, the McCormick brothers, Marty Quinn, John McNally, the Young brothers, Jackie Briers, Roy Webb, Damaen Kelly, Tony McAvoy, Paul McCloskey, Davy and Jimmy Magill, Brian Magee, the two Paddy Graham’s, Peter ‘Al’ Sharpe, Barney Wilson, Pat McCrory, Gerry and Billy Smyth, Bunty Adamson, George Lavery, John Lyttle, Garnett Denny, Noel Magee, Davy Larmour, Eamonn Magee, Neil McLaughlin, Jim McCann Snr and Jnr, lightweight Spike McCormack, Tommy Madine, Pat McAllister, Terry Milligan, Jim Jordan, Jim McAuley, Neil Sinclair, Kenny Beattie, John Breen, Gerry Hassett, Patsy Quinn, and Paddy Maguire.

There is also absorbing recall of such boxing incidents as Muhammad Ali’s fight at Croke Park, Dublin, in 1972; Philadelphia Jack O’Brien’s family links to Draperstown, County Derry, and words from boxing coaches and officials such as Albert Uprichard, John Williamson, Michael and Harry Hawkins, Gerry Storey, Harry Enright, Jimmy Clinton, Sean Canavan, and Frank Gervin. ‘I Nearly Met Gene Tunney’ is priced £17.00 (plus £3.00 p&p), and can be obtained direct from Denis O’Hara. 2, Agolagh Heights, Cushendun. County Antrim. BT44 OQJ. 028 217 61 381   . . . email . . . .  www.glendunpublishing.com

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