ON Thursday night last the Glen Boxing Club held their annual general meeting at their clubhouse in the heartland of Blackpool.
Using the main hall with proper Covid-19 procedures in place, the meeting attracted a good attendance with members fully adhering to social distancing.
Before the conference a warm atmosphere prevailed as members mingled and enjoyed listening to renowned Cork anthems, concluding with the "Banks", before the commencement of proceedings.
The Glen BC enjoys a unique position in the annals of Irish boxing as they are the longest established unit affiliated to the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA), having been founded in 1916.
The spirit of the outfit is adorned on its walls.
Many of their great boxers are showcased with many illustrations dating from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s on display.
Former Glen greats from yesteryear are readily visible.
A special presentation from the IABA to mark the club's Centenary in 2016 is perched in prime position as is a pride of place Centenary certificate presented by the Cork County Boxing Board to honour the unit's iconic status in Irish boxing history.
This large and framed certificate always attracts visitors when they frequent the unit as it characterises the club's place in Irish amateur boxing.
This certificate was presented to the club at their Centenary dinner in April 2016. Beautifully illustrated the wording on the credential rests between two pillars which depict the strength of the outfit.
Meanwhile, at 8 pm sharp, the club Chairman Anthony Connolly called the recent meeting to order, and in keeping with long-standing tradition he requested all present stand and observe one minute's silence as a mark of respect to all deceased members who had served the club down through the decades.
In his address, the Chairman recalled the events the unit either organised or participated in during the past year.
Connolly is a chairman who takes pride in the unit and speaks with passion.
He thanked his fellow committee members for their outstanding work and thanked coaches, Tom Kelleher and Robert O'Driscoll, for their success so far.
The Chairman added that they were seriously building for the future and renovation work in relation to their premises was in progress.
"The past year has seen the club win seven County titles, but due the Covid-19 pandemic we could not enter the All-Ireland or Munster series," he said.
"The club is particularly proud of the night they organised to commemorate the Centenary of our first President Tomás Mac Curtain."
He advised the committee that a special DVD would be released in the near future which captures the highlights of that historic evening.
He thanked all for their attendance, including members of the Mac Curtain family, politicians from all sides and, in particular, the then Lord Mayor of Cork, a Blackpool man, Cllr, John Sheehan.
Following that oration, the President of the Glen, Michael O'Sullivan, said it was an honour for him to be President of the club and thanked all for the efforts they had put in during their year.
Outgoing Secretary, Elane Arbunkle, produced a detailed report of club activities during thee year.
These included their day at City Hall where Tom Kelleher received the richly deserved accolade of Cork Boxing Personality of the year.
She recalled when a plaque was unveiled in Bishop Lucey to mark their contribution of her club.
She also reported on a special night to honour former club Chairman John Martin for his contribution to the outfit over many years.
She recalled that John's son, Sean Martin, thanked that Glen BC on behalf of the family, whom, he said, appreciated the honour bestowed.
The Secretary's report also thanked Liz McGough for her work with their underage classes while Neil Hill was thanked for all the painting and construction work at the unit.
Following this, the Treasurer Clodagh Makey-Pelan gave a very detailed account of the club's income and expenditure and thanked the Cork Taxi Co-Op for their annual sponsorship.
The President of the County Board Michael O'Brien addressed the meeting and congratulated the club on another great year and thanked the members for their work as volunteers.
O'Brien encouraged all to take pride on being members of the Glen BC, the oldest amateur boxing club in Ireland and probably one of the eldest in the world.
The meeting concluded with the re-election of officers with one change only; the retiring Secretary replaced Carla O'Driscoll, who was warmly welcomed and congratulated by the Chairman.