6 April 2010 – By Cormac Campbell
A major project telling the story of boxing in Belfast is due to be launched in September and its organiser Barry Flynn is asking for your help.
“Just a note to let you know that a group called the Belfast Boxing Ring has been formed recently and hopefully you will be hearing a lot more about it in the near future, said boxing author and historian Flynn.
The good news is that the City Hall has agreed to host an exhibition for the whole of September which we hope will be the biggest-ever tribute to boxing in the city. I intend to update boxing fans on irish-boxing.com but I would be grateful if you could email me your address to Barry Flynn – firstname.lastname@example.org – as I will be sending out updates by this means also.
What we are looking for is pictures, more pictures, posters, medals, programmes and any other mementos that you could help us with for the exhibition.
The aim Belfast Boxing Ring is to mark officially the contribution which the sport of boxing has made to the City of Belfast. The project is will acknowledge and celebrate those citizens who through boxing excellence have brought pride to the city.
This will be achieved through a series of exhibitions, murals, plaques and statues throughout the city.
We feel that perhaps for too long the sport of boxing and those boxers and individuals who have brought glory to Belfast have not been given the recognition deserved at a civic level. The aim of the project is to redress this perceived imbalance. The bottom line is that boxing as a sport has always been a unifying force in the city and this should be celebrated.
So, do pass on the word and we are hoping that Belfast boxing will get the glorious exhibition it deserves in September in our own City Hall.