Fitting boxing tribute to the late Coley Folan

New members: European middleweight Matthew Macklin presents awards to a number of new members including Adam Kendall, Sonny Byrne, Cian Dutfield, Ethan Larkin, Sayam Sagid, Joe Dowling and CJ McMemamon.

New members: European middleweight Matthew Macklin presents awards to a number of new members including Adam Kendall, Sonny Byrne, Cian Dutfield, Ethan Larkin, Sayam Sagid, Joe Dowling and CJ McMemamon.

A capacity Birmingham Irish Centre, including special guest and European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin, were present for a successful boxing exhibition on Saturday evening – September 14th. A former product of the Paddy Benson Academy of Boxing, Matthew also joined a number of leading figures from the sport in the Second City as well as members of Sean McDermott’s GAA Club and Warwickshire GAA County Board to pay tribute to former long-serving Academy member the late Coley Folan who passed away in July this year.

Coley’s son Cianan has maintained that tradition by also boxing for the Academy as well as being a member of this year’s victorious provincial winning U16 Warwickshire football team.

Cianan was also accompanied by his mother Deirdre who represented the late Coley Folan at the event.

During the evening special guests Deirdre Folan and Matthew Macklin assisted in making the presentation of awards the winners.

Best bout of the evening: Deirdre Folan presents a cup to Danny Benson for the best bout of the evening before a very large attendance at the Birmingham Irish Centre. Also pictured is event MC Pat O’Neill.

Best bout of the evening: Deirdre Folan presents a cup to Danny Benson for the best bout of the evening before a very large attendance at the Birmingham Irish Centre. Also pictured is event MC Pat O’Neill.