As the news broke on Sunday, February 17, of the sudden passing of Gerry Keane, boxers and followers of Drumshanbo Boxing Club, of which Gerry was a member of for many years, were in deep shock at his unexpected death.
Gerry was well-known and respected through Ireland, boxing for Drumshanbo Club and the shock in Drumshanbo was reflected among the boxing community in Leitrim and Connacht.
Gerry started boxing at the age of ten and won several Leitrim and Connacht titles, going on to win an All-Ireland title at Bantamweight in 1978 and was runner-up on two occasions. Gerry represented Connacht in the USA in 1980.
Gerry was a very respected member of Drumshanbo B.C and always gave his very best be it in the ring of in training. He was very co-operative in all the activities of the club. One night when he was working on deliveries to Drogheda, he heard of a boxing tournament. He went and took a fight with only strange cornermen. That was Gerry’s spirit.
When he retired from the ring, Gerry continued to train other boxers of the Club.
Gerry will be sadly missed by us all. On behalf of the Drumshanbo Boxing Club and the Leitrim County Board, we offer our sincere sympathies to his wife Jessica, brother Joe, sisters Maureen and Margaret and extended family and friends. May he Rest in Peace.