Friday, 21 November 2014

Croghan legacy marked by Four Corners Boxing

On Saturday last, the legacy of Stephen Croghan to Four Corners Boxing Club was marked when a plaque was erected in the red ‘home corner’ of the ring and a sponsored exhibition took place. 

The late Mr. Croghan’s children Eileen, Pat and Conan were present, as were his grandchildren. Stephen was inspired into the boxing world after meeting the legendary Jack Doyle nicknamed ‘The Gorgeous Gael’, heavyweight champion of the British army. Stephen fought fly to middleweight amateur boxing, as did his two brothers Tommy (army champion) and Paddy (Connacht title).  Stephen, along with Tom Foxe, Gerry Hoare and Joe Casey, re-started and continually supported Roscommon Boxing Club from Harrison Hall to Lough House to the prefab in the old VEC. In 1993 Stephen built the only Olympic sized ring owned by an amateur club in Connacht.

The Four Corners Boxing tournament, held Saturday night involved eight clubs and 14 bouts across all weights. Two young boxers took part in the three-round exhibition bout and received trophies presented by Conan Croghan.