Death of legend

03 November 2008 – by Pat Myler

One of the legendary figures in Irish amateur boxing, Gearoid OColmain, has died in Dublin at the age of 84, writes Pat Myler.

Gerry, as he was known, won nine national senior titles between 1943 and 1952, two at light-heavyweight and seven at heavyweight. The highlight of a magnificent ring career was undoubtedly his capture of the European heavyweight championship at the National Stadium in 1947, beating Englands George Scriven in the final.

A blacksmith by trade, he was a keen footballer, hurler and handball player in his youth. In recent years, he was an active member of the Irish Ex-Boxers Association.

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