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The Formation of Edenderry Boxing Club 1934

Ciaran Reilly examines the formation of Edenderry Boxing Club formed in 1934


In 2009 nationally the GAA celebrated its 125 anniversary with great style and numerous activities, indeed Edenderry GAA marked the occasion with numerous events. Another local club celebrating an anniversary was Edenderry Boxing Club who were seventy five years in existence in 2009. A report in the Irish Times 9 April 1934 celebrates the arrival of the town of Edenderry into the boxing world. On 7 April 1934 ‘some capital fights were witnessed at Edenderry on Saturday evening in a series of matches between St Joseph’s Dublin and the recently formed local club’. The tournament the first of its kind in Edenderry ended in a draw with five wins each. There were also three special contests on the night which featured several prominent boxers in the Irish Amateur Boxing ranks. In all there were five different divisions where local fighters competed followed by three exhibition matches of the highest quality from si…

Mary Duffy Edenderry born 'Catholic Daughter of America'

Famous Daughter of Edenderry recalled at Historical Society
Few in Edenderry would have known about or heard of the exploits of Mary Duffy, who perhaps can be justly given the title of Edenderry’s most famous person. Born in 1874 Mary Duffy, along with her parents, Joseph Duffy and Anne Dempsey and her brothers Patrick and John emigrated to America and a new life. She was later a Superior Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America, an organisation which ‘through justice, equality enhanced the advancement of human rights for all’. In 1932 Mary Duffy was awarded a pontifical medal from the Pope for her work with the Catholic Daughters. She is buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetry in Hanover, New Jersey.

Those gathered on the 21 May recently were treated to a fantastic lecture by Dr. Carol Clement about the life and times of Mary Duffy. Dr. Clement who has written a history of the Catholic Daughters and the role of Mary Duffy was visiting Ireland during the month of May and kindly offered to…

Edenderry 1820-1920 Book Review

In his regular feature article 'Nothing New Under the Sun' in the Leinster Leader, Liam Kenny reflects on the changing fortunes of Edenderry, as recorded by local historian Ciarán Reilly in his book ‘Edenderry 1820-1920, popular politics and Downshire rule

The changing fortunes of Edenderry

Edenderry, tucked into the corner of Offaly that borders with Kildare, has not always got a good press: ‘a little inconsiderable place on the edge of the Bog of Allen’ was the verdict of travel diarist Philip Luckombe in 1780 while, some years later, the perception of writer John Gough in 1821 was that Edenderry had gone from being a ‘good town to a poor village.’ Such observations from passers-through are recorded by local historian Ciarán Reilly in his book ‘Edenderry 1820-1920, popular politics and Downshire rule’.
In prosperous times Edenderry presented a more attractive picture. The broad street, the spacious market with the impressive town hall and the branch of the Grand Canal ending in…

Edenderry Town Council backs the 1921 Anglo Irish Treaty

In early January 1922 the Edenderry Town Council debated the Treaty and were in favour of it. James Mangan proposed and Bernard McGuinness seconded that “we express our complete confidence in the honesty and patriotism of the members of An Dail, both those for and against the Treaty; that while we admit the treaty is not an act of self determination by the Irish people, at the same time it is no instrument of dishonour achieved as it was after a fight of tremendous odds against us and can be made the means to freedom in the fullest sense. For this reason we desire our deputies to vote for its ratification , and by doing so express the wishes of those whom they act as deputies, failure to do this would be misrepresentation, and opposed to the principle of government by the people”.

Formation of Edenderry Boxing Club

Edenderry Boxing Club formed in 1934
In 2009 nationally the GAA celebrated its 125 anniversary with great style and numerous activities, indeed Edenderry GAA marked the occasion with numerous events. Another local club celebrating an anniversary was Edenderry Boxing Club who were seventy five years in existence in 2009. A report in the Irish Times 9 April 1934 celebrates the arrival of the town of Edenderry into the boxing world. On 7 April 1934 ‘some capital fights were witnessed at Edenderry on Saturday evening in a series of matches between St Joseph’s Dublin and the recently formed local club’. The tournament the first of its kind in Edenderry ended in a draw with five wins each. There were also three special contests on the night which featured several prominent boxers in the Irish Amateur Boxing ranks. In all there were five different divisions where local fighters competed followed by three exhibition matches of the highest quality from six boxers; five from Dublin and one from …