In 1923, Mike McTigue from Kilnamona, County Clare, got a shot at the World Light Heavyweight Championship.

Despite the Irish Civil War still ongoing, the fight was held in La Scala Opera House in Prince’s Street, Dublin against the Senagalese Fighter Battling Siki.

McTigue – The Cyclonic Celt – won on points after 20 rounds to become World Light Heavyweight Champion.

“Bold” Mike McTigue was the light heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1923-1925.

McTigue died in 1966. Kilnamona’s Community Centre was opened in 2001 and is named in his honour.

Video footage –  British Pathé


Founder and Editor, Mark Dunphy established The Clare Herald in December 2007. The native of Connolly, County Clare, is also founder/operator of Dunphy Public Relations and Irish Weather Online. His media career began in 1999 when he commenced employment with Clare FM after securing a degree in Media & Communications and History from Mary Immaculate College. In 2005, he departed the position of Head of News and Current Affairs to establish Dunphy Public Relations.