Boxing legend Bernard Dunne bench unveiled

Taking a front seat on the Bernard Dunne Memorial Bench are Tom Dunne (brother), Betty Dunne (wife), Bernie Irvine (daughter) and Jim Sullivan, Chairman of the Ex-Boxers Association. At the rear Cllrs Keith Doyle, Chairman of Wexford County Council, Cllr Willie Kavanagh, Chairman, Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, and members of Bernard's boxing family. Pic;

There was an unusual but pleasant ceremony on the Fairgreen in the Bellefield area of Enniscorthy this afternoon as the members of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council unveiled a Memorial Bench in memory of Bernard Dunne, Boxer, Coach and Referee.
Cllr Willie Kavanagh, Chairman, said it was fitting that “we honour the many achievements of Bernard at county, national and international level in the sport of boxing.”
“Bernard was truly dedicated to the sport and had an immense passion for boxing. Bernard’s legacy was displayed most prominently here in Enniscorthy through his leadership and mentoring of many of the young people that came to the club. He instilled in them a belief in their own ability and through the discipline of training and hard work that they could reach their true potential,” stated Cllr Kavanagh.
Bernard was also an employee of Wexford County Council, starting out as an apprentice at 16 years old, and finishing up as workshop foreman after 48 years service. “He was a popular person with his fellow workers and made many friends during his long tenure with the Council.”
In conclusion, Cllr Kavanagh said he was delighted to unveil the bench in his memory where his family, friends and comrades can stop and pause a moment to think of him. “We honour Bernard Dunne and his lifetime to the sport of boxing,” he concluded.
Jim Sullivan, Chairman of the Ex-Boxers Association, and club-mate and friend of Bernard Dunne recalled many happy times when Bernard would ‘overload’ his car with boxers and take them to the National Stadium in Dublin where county, provincial and national honours were often won by the Enniscorthy fighters.
He spoke of great times, great camraderie and many funny moments, and he thanked the people of Enniscorthy and district for making the bench available to the townspeople. He was particularly thankful to Liz Hore, the town and district manager, for the impressive way that she saw the project become a reality.
Fergal Carruth, CEO, Irish Amateur Boxing Association, travelled from Dublin, and recalled Bernard Dunne’s outstanding contribution to the sport, his unyielding friendship, and his good company amongst the boxing communities.
Bernard’s daughter, Bernie Irvine, told light-hearted stories of living with their Dad and expressed thanks to all who had attended the unveiling, including fellow boxing mates, former work colleagues, the members of the council and neighbours and friends who turned out.

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