Conal Thomas, President of Cork Boxing Fraternity Association (right) presenting Glen Rovers’ Musical Director Micheal Kelleher with a plaque.

Unique Blackpool friendship marked

A friendship that has stood the test of time was acknowledged last week when members of the Glen Boxing Club presented the members of the Glen Rovers Social Initiative with a lovely plaque in recognition of their participation in the Tomas Mac Curtain Concert held in the City Hall recently.

An Tanáiste Micheál Martin was the guest speaker at that event and he has strong links with Cork boxing as his late father Paddy was, along with playing football with St Nick’s, a renowned and successful champion boxer.

In his address to the gathering, Mick O’Brien of the Glen Boxing Club gave a brief outline of the strong links between Glen Boxing and Glen Rovers Hurling Club, with at one stage the clubs sharing facilities.

Following the formalities, the choir under its Musical Director Michael Kelleher lead the way with a selection of wonderful songs to get the gathering in the mood for a night of fun, song and stories.

In appreciation of the plaque presentation to Glen Rovers Choir, Michael Kelleher presented the Glen Boxing Club with an All-Star sliotar signed by Patrick Horgan, the all-time leading scorer in the Inter County Championship and still performing at the highest standard for both club and county.

A number of other presentations were also made, with a well deserved accolade to Anthony Connolly, Chairperson of Glen Boxing Club in recognition of his unstinting work over many years for a club he has served with distinction.

Gary Spike O’Sullivan was also present on a night where many memories were made not least the wonderful singing by over 60s winners Batt Dunlea and Derry McCarthy.

A great night was had by all in Glen Rovers Hurling Club.