Cork stars boxing clever with Rylane

TWO members of the Cork senior football team will feature on the bill at the Rylane BC tournament at the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom on December 7.

Teak tough wing back, Noel O’Leary, Michael Shiels, who has spent time in Australia playing Aussie Rules and sub goalkeeper Kevin Murphy are among the celebrities who have been training with the club.

“It is not new to have GAA players training with us,” head coach Dan Lane said.

“In the past we had members of the Cork team training regularly with us and, in recent weeks, we had enquiries from members of the hurling team.

“GAA stars have been featuring in highly publicised tournaments around the country and, of course, Tyrone trainer Mickey Harte has been training at least one professional boxer for some time.”

There is a GAA history in Rylane. Dan Lane’s grandfather, also Dan Lane, captained the first Cork team to win the all-Ireland title back in 1890.

This will be the first time GAA stars will appear on a bill although Noel O’Leary is no newcomer to the ringside. His brothers Donal Og and Colm both boxed with Rylane, winning county and Munster intermediate titles.

Last weekend Donal Og was an unlucky loser at the national intermediate championships in Dublin where he was level on points when he got a cut eye and had to be retired.

Now Noel is all set to make his debut at cruiser weight (85 kgs) against Sean Clancy from Offaly who is a member of the Garda boxing club.

An opponent for Michael Shiels is also likely to come from the Garda boxing club, who will have Adam Nolan in action against John Murray.

Murray won the middleweight title at the Munster intermediate championships this year but dropped a division to light middle for the nationals and was ahead on points until the final seconds of his contest before losing narrowly last weekend.

There will be a number of up and coming boxers in action including Dan Lane’s grandson, Sean, as well Sean Og O’Connor, Jack Dennehy, Eric Barrett and Luke O’Shea.

At Boy 3 level, Daniel O’Sullivan will box Stephen O’Sullivan (Bantry), Conor Long meets Glen Walsh (Leeside/Lough) and at first year youths the club will be represented by former Munster champ Owen Dennehy, Brian Crowley and another Munster champion, Pat Fitzgibbon.

The intermediate contests will feature Stephen Dowdall and Shane Cronin v Richard Balfe (Macroom). John one of three Rylane boxers to make the finals of the Munsters this year. John Murray won the middleweight title, Ben Coughlan won the welterweight title and Kieran Twohig has to box the final so they could win three titles.

This tournament will be their fourth this year and their last one — at the Riverside Park Hotel — raised €20,000 for Marymount Hospice.

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