I recently spotted this plaque among the Friday Market stalls in Cobh. I did a blog in August with a photo of the crowd in Patrick’s Street awaiting news of his British Title Fight.
There was some special publications on the centenary anniversary of his birth but they were not read in depth by yours truly. Spotting the plaque last week did bring the Christy Moore song to mind and so did prompt some web searching.
I wrote a few weeks ago about the five titles or occupations listed on the statue of Con Houlihan. Interesting list that the Irish Examiner sub-editor put together for Jack Doyle. I think it would be nice to have ‘lover’ among the five words that describe you. The RTE Documentary Gorgeous Gael uses the word ‘playboy’ which is not as appealing a title.
Very sad for anyone to die of cirrhosis of the liver while living on the streets and for a burial plot to be provided by the charity of others.
After watching the RTE documentary, I did make a point on my next visit to Cobh to capture further photographs. I do recommend watching the documentary .
Church St. Mural
Plaque at The Holy Ground
“This area gets its name from the fact that public houses and other establishments serving the needs of visiting sailors were located here in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
“The Holy Ground’s most famous son is the boxer Jack Doyle (1913 – 1978).”
Midleton St., Cobh
“Jack Doyle was born at 12 Queen’s street (now Connolly street) Cobh on 31st August 1913. At 17, he enlisted in the Irish Guards where his potential as a boxer was quickly noted. His idol was Jack Dempsey. At six foot five inches tall, a build to match, an a devastating right hand, his army boxing career was highly impressive – 28 fights, 28 wins, an incredible 27 by knockout.
Patrick Street, Cork
"When I was young and I was in my day