Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #2 in Syracuse, New York is launching a petition drive to get Mike McTigue inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF).  Their goal is to submit 1,000 signatures by the end of October 2011 (last year's inductees were announced on December 7th).  We will present our petition in person to Mr. Ed Brophy of the IBHOF.  We'll keep the pressure on Ed Brophy if Mike is not inducted into next year's class .  We plan to march in the St. Patrick's parade with a banner demanding Mike's induction and start a letter writing campaign.  We won't rest until Mike is chosen.  Since we are geographically the closest AOH division to the IBHOF we feel a special responsibility to pursue Mike's induction.
We will keep you informed of our progress,
Slán agus beannacht,
Geordie Austin
Historian
AOH Division #2
Syracuse, New York

FIGHTING IRISHMEN EXHIBIT HEADS TO DUBLIN MAY 18-AUGUST 31 2010, ADDING ICONIC MUHAMMAD ALI GLOVE AND TRUNKS FROM '72 AL BLUE LEWIS FIGHT AT CROKE PARK***Curator Jim Houlihan's Eclectic Irish Pugilist Exhibition features Dan Donnelly's Mummified Arm, and many historic memorabilia pieces*** The legacy of Fighting Irishmen will be illustrated in an exhibition to be hosted by the GAA Museum and the Irish Arts Center, at the historic Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland this summer. The exhibit tells the story of Irish emigration and assimilation to eventual success and world wide acclaim through the sport of boxing.  The exhibition – The Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters 1820 to Present - will run from Tuesday, May 18th through Tuesday, August 31st, 2010. Curated by Jim Houlihan of the Irish Arts Center in New York, the exhibition offers a unique glimpse at the role that prize-fighting played in the history of Irish America and Ireland.  The exhibition had already proved popular with audiences in New York and Boston from 2006-2008 before showing to much acclaim at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh in 2009.  The exhibition will feature an array of robes, gloves, boxing bags, prints, photographs, painting and film footage of Celtic prizefighters from 1820 to the present day. Intriguing objects on display will include pieces from sporting greats such as John L. Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Barry McGuigan, Freddie Gilroy, Bobby Cassidy, Gerry Cooney, Wayne McCullough, Billy Graham, Billy Conn, John Duddy, Maureen Shea and many more. Perhaps the most unique item in the exhibition is the late, great Irish fighter Dan Donnelly’s mummified right arm.  Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson, Honorary Chair and long-time supporter of the Irish Arts Center, has also loaned personal items from his amateur boxing career to the exhibit including the gloves given to him by Olympic boxer Freddie Gilroy.  Given the connection between Croke Park and Muhammad Ali, who famously fought Al Blue Lewis at the venue in 1972, it is fitting that the exhibition will include a signed glove and shorts worn by Ali that night.   Over the past three years, Croke Park has opened its doors to a vast array of mass sporting occasions so it is only fitting that it should house an exhibition which celebrates the sport of boxing and its historical relevance, at a venue, which itself is steeped in history.
 For further information please contact:

GAA MuseumMs. Joanne ClarkeCusack Stand, St. Joseph’s Avenue, Croke Park, Dublin 3Phone: +353 (0)1 819 2323
Fax: +353 (0)1 819 2324www.crokepark.ie/gaa-museum

 

17/08/2009 - A Bloody Canvas Film Showing in Ulster this November. 

Fighting Irishmen - Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters Nov 7 2009 7.30pm

Ulster American Folk Park & Strule Arts Centre present FIGHTING IRISHMEN - CELEBRATING CELTIC PRIZEFIGHTERS 1820 - PRESENT In association with the Fighting Irishmen exhibition which is on display at the Ulster American Folk Park until Sunday 29th November.

Strule Arts Centre will present two free film screenings. Written and Directed by Andrew Galimore and Produced by Morgan Bushe. Andrew Gallimore and Morgan Bushe will attend the screening and conduct a question and answer session.

Also showing BABYFACE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD: THE JIMMY MCLARNIN STORY - 3pm

Then the main event; A BLOODY CANVAS: THE MIKE MCTIGUE STORY ('Troid Fhuilteach') - 7.30pm The Award winning (Irish Film and TV Awards)

Tickets limited, so booking is essential. Call Box Office on 028 8224 7831 to book your tickets.

Location: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh - Lecture Theatre Box Office 028 8224 7831

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05/07/2009 - UK Times Newspaper ranking of Mike McTigue (19) in the TOP 50 LIGHT- HEAVYWEIGHT BOXERS EVER

http://timesonline.typepad.com/boxing/2009/07/the-top-50-lightheavyweights-ever-1620.html

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15/02/2009 - The documentary won! Congratulation Andrew and thanks for taking the time to let us know so we could pass on the news! See the Awards page for more details...

08/01/2009 - The Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) shortlist was announced today and Bloody Canvas: The Mike Mctigue Story has made it to the final four in the Sport Category. Below are two links:

http://www.ifta.ie/nominees09/index.htm

http://www.movies.ie/html/article.aspx?articleid=3821

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28/08/2008 - The film has been selected for screening at the Stranger Than Fiction festival. http://www.strangerthanfiction.ie/bloody_canvas.html

16/05/2008 - The documentary was shown on May 16, 2008 at the Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival in Donegal IE http://www.guthgafa.com/2008/html/english/films/troid.html

02/06/08 - A Bloody Canvas (the film) came second in a Europe-wide documentary competition: http://www.circom-regional.org/about/1-prix.asp

Judges remarks: The jury was impressed with the deep understanding of history displayed by the documentary. The mix of mute footage and photos from the 1920s contrasted with current day interviews worked extremely well. So did the editing and sound. The narrator added an empathetic touch to a story you really cannot stop watching until the end.

10/03/08 - The film has now been selected for the Seattle Irish Reels Film Festival 2008. It opens the festival playing at the Seattle Center on Saturday March 15th at noon. Here's the link: http://www.irishreels.org/

25/02/08 - The accompanying documentary to the book A Bloody Canvas; The Mike Mctigue Story, has been selected for screening at The San Francisco Irish Film Festival in the Roxie Film Center. The screening is on March 6th.

Here's the link: http://sfirishfilm.com/