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Film Kings – Irish Boxing’s Movie Stars

From The Gorgeous Gael Jack Doyle back in the 1930s until the present day, there have been a number of Irish boxers that have graced the silver screen. From starring roles to cameos, these Irish boxers have proved themselves capable in front of the camera.

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Luke Keeler
‘Cool Hand’ Luke may be Ballyfermot to the core, but the middleweight appeared as a Ballymun youngster at the start of 2004 cult classic Adam and Paul

Tyrone McKenna
Perhaps the most notable appearance, Belfast light welter Tyrone McKenna won critical acclaim as a teenager for his starring role alongside Gillian Anderson and Robert Carlyle in The Mighty Celt – with the film’s title later becoming his nickname in the ring.

Thomas McCarthy
Recent Elite Senior runner up and Senior (Intermediate) flyweight champion Thomas McCarthy gave a scene-stealing display in recent hit The Young Offenders.

The full film isn’t available online, but catch a glimpse of the Mayfield slickster in the blue jacket below.

Steve Collins
Fresh from retiring as the undefeated WBO super middleweight world champion, The Celtic Warrior would be cast as quite the intimidating doorman in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He would also go on to appear in the video for U2’s The Sweetest Thing.

Martin Rogan
The Commonwealth and Prizefighter heavyweight champion has a bit of a back-catalogue, starring as a chasing security guard in 2004 feel-good hit Mickybo and Me as well as appearing in Man About Dog and Keith Lemon: The Film.

John Duddy
The Derry Destroyer has moved into the acting world since hanging up the gloves. The former middleweight contender served as a technical adviser for boxing flick Grudge Match, and was then cast as Ken Buchanan in Roberto Duran biopic Hands of Stone.

What others can we add to the list?

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie