Tipperary tournament to honour famed Garda boxer Dick Hearns

Pictured at the launch of the Dick Hearns Memorial Boxing Tournament to be held in the Garda College Templemore on Fri 13th Sept, in association with Ballina Boxing Club, were the Mayor of Ballina Town Council Collr. Johnnie O'Malley with Gardai Darren Conlon and Supt Joe Doherty, and Ballina Boxing Club members Jamie Conroy, Chairman Joe Lavelle, coaches Brian O'Donnell and Kieran Sweeney and Club PRO Sarah Walker. Picture Henry Wills
The Garda Siochana Boxing Club is holding an event to honour the achievements of Sergeant Dick Hearns (1907-1993).

The Garda Siochana Boxing Club is holding an event to honour the achievements of Sergeant Dick Hearns (1907-1993).

Sgt. Hearns retired from An Garda Siochana in 1964 as physical fitness instructor leaving a personal and life lasting impression on all that were lucky to have met him.

Dick, a native of Ballina, Co. Mayo, was a soldier, a Guard, an athlete, an inter county footballer and manager and successful soccer coach at club and international level.

He was one of the top boxers in the world. He was a loving father and grandfather. To those that knew him he was a gentleman and a legend. His list of achievements are extraordinary and far too numerous to mention here.

The Garda Boxing Club wish to ensure the legacy of Dick Hearns is remembered well into the future.

At 7.30 pm this Friday, September 13 in the Sports Hall of the Garda College, Templemore, the club is hosting the first of an annual Boxing Tournament with the “Dick Hearns Boxing Club,” Ballina, competing for the Inaugural “Coiste Siamsa Dick Hearns trophy.”

Coiste Siamsa the body responsible for the development of sports within the Gardai, are delighted to be associated with Dick Hearns, arguably the greatest ever Garda Sportsman, as his list of achievements show.

During the event there will be a raffle, proceeds of which are going towards local Dialysis care in the Templemore area.

Many of Dick Hearns family will be among the dignitaries in attendance at this event.

Doors Open 7.15pm, 1st Bout 7.30pm

Tickets are priced at €5. Children accompanied by an adult are free of charge.

For Ticket and all other information contact: Darran Conlon P.R.O. Garda Boxing Club

Ph: 0872282469, Gmail:gardaboxingclub@gmail.com Twitter: @gardaboxingclub