A surprise for our Jimmy

    Kenny Egan, Claire Grace, Jimmy Walsh, Carmel and Ollie O’Neill of Paulstown Boxing Club

    Pics: Martin Doheny

    CALLAN Boxing Club Head Coach and Clare Grace, the women he describes as the best fighter he has ever coached, drove to Kilkenny City for a function.

    They believed they were heading to a short get-together to welcome Olympic silver medallist, boxer Kenny Egan to the city.

    Kenny was here to address a Suicide Awareness Gathering in St John’s Church.

    To Jimmy’s delight the occasion also turned out to be a celebration of his 85th birthday as he was presented with a cake by Deputy John McGuinness and Councillor Joe Malone.

    And he was delighted to renew friendship with Kenny Egan who had visited Callan Boxing Club after his Olympic success.

    It was yet another busy evening in the life of a man who never seems to lack energy and enthusiasm when on a boxing mission.

    He was fresh from a Christmas bag-backing exercise for the Callan Club at SuperValu, Callan.

    The Callan Club also had five young hopefuls in action at the Michael Andrews Leinster tournament in the National Stadium at the weekend.

    On Friday night, Willie O’Reilly lost a hard fought semi-final. His brother, James lost a final on Saturday and another brother boxes in a final on this Friday.

    Also in final action on Friday is their clubmate, Paul Darcy, who along with Tony O’Reilly beat Marble City opponents in semi-finals last weekend.

    Curtis Darcy had already won gold at 74kg.