Ry­lane box­ers take on NYFD in Macroom

The Corkman - - FRONT PAGE - JOHN TAR­RANT

RY­LANE Box­ing Club added to its rep­u­ta­tion on stag­ing a hugely suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment against the New York Fire Depart­ment in the River­side Ho­tel, Macroom.

Mem­bers of An Gar­daí Síochana, Cork Fire Bri­gade and Ry­lane Club pro­vided the op­po­si­tion to an event that con­tin­ues a grow­ing bond of friend­ship ei­ther side of the At­lantic.

Ry­lane Box­ing Coach Dan Lane said the club and Cork Gar­daí had de­vel­oped a strong re­la­tion­ship with the New York Po­lice Depart­ment with a se­ries of tour­na­ments over the past decade.

And the tal­ents of the Ir­ish crew’s tal­ents didn’t go un­no­ticed by box­ing fans in the Big Ap­ple’s fire-fight­ing fra­ter­nity that en­sured the lat­est stag­ing added to the rep­u­ta­tion of the host­ing.

“Dur­ing the past ten years or so, our­selves and the Gar­daí have fought box­ers from the New York Po­lice Depart­ment in Ire­land and in the USA. Through that we made con­tact with the Fire Depart­ment and we boxed in Cork City and New York,” said Dan.

The lat­est tour­na­ment proved an un­qual­i­fied suc­cess with huge num­bers en­sur­ing a ter­rific at­mos­phere at the Macroom venue.

“Such was the pos­i­tive feed­back we’ve been ex­tended a wel­come to send a re­turn team to box in the Big Ap­ple next March,” said Dan.

NYFD coach Bobby Maguire was again thrilled with the hos­pi­tal­ity of the host club and friends.

“The Ir­ish peo­ple are beau­ti­ful, it’s a fan­tas­tic trip for us, you wel­come us with open arms each year. On each oc­ca­sion, the sport is alive at the dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions”, he said.

“We’ve a big show com­ing up in New York on Novem­ber 20 against the Po­lice Depart­ment. It’s the an­nual Bat­tle of the Badges, our guys look­ing for­ward to it”.

Garda or­gan­iser Larry Master­son ap­plauded the con­cept of stag­ing the tour­na­ments in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, pre­vi­ously hosted in the Kings­ley Ho­tel, Cork to the Green Glens Com­plex, Mill­street.

“There is a huge amount of work go­ing on be­hind the scenes, a great com­mit­ment on ei­ther side. Pro­ceeds from the 2015 tour­na­ments goes to­wards The He­roes of Iraq and Afghanistan on a project to build homes for th­ese guys”, he said.

The Macroom card was im­pres­sive, with the Ry­lane club well rep­re­sented.

Tim Le­hane scored an unan­i­mous points vic­tory over NYFD’s Matt Restrepho. For good mea­sure, Tim’s daugh­ter Me­gan and Mill­street col­leagues Linda Des­mond and Chloe Bar­rett, all un­der­age, na­tional cham­pi­ons sam­pled a se­ries of ter­rific wins much to the de­light of their supporters.

ABOVE: Mil­ll­street’s Tim Le­hane (Ry­lane BC) de­liv­ers a telling punch on New York Fire Depart­ment’s Matt Restrepho in the Ry­lane Box­ing Club In­ter­na­tional Tour­na­ment in Macroom. Photo: John Tar­rant

Pic­tured at the Ry­lane Box­ing Club In­ter­na­tional Tour­na­ment in Macroom were Michael Kelleher MC, Bobby McGuire, NYFD Head Coach, Mike Rena, NYFD trainer; Dan Lane, Ry­lane Coach and Larry Master­son, Garda. Pic­ture: John Tar­rant

Part of the Ry­lane Box­ing Club or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee were birth­day girl Lor­raine Hor­gan, Danny Darcy and Eileen Hor­gan in the River­side Ho­tel, Macroom. Pic­ture: John Tar­rant

Dan Houli­han win­ner in the 72kg class re­ceives his prize from Cllr An­drias Moyni­han at the Ry­lane Box­ing Club match up with NYFD

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