Death of boxing legend Mick Quigley

By Dan Walsh

The death has taken place of Michael (Mick) Quigley who devoted his life to boxing and progressed from action in the ring in his younger days to referee of international standard and club trainer. He was 87 years old.

There has been many tributes.  “St Aidan’s Boxing Club are very saddened to hear the sad news of the passing of one of our members Mick Quigley. Mick was a gentleman and was always willing to extend his help at all of our tournaments as well as all of the other club tournaments from all the other clubs too, never a man to keep advise to himself, he was always there to listen and advise anyone who sought out his vast experience in boxing, judging, refereeing or any other issues in our sport. It has been an honour to have known Mick and we as a club send our deepest condolences to his family and friends from far and near.”

MICK QUIGLEY in the ring in 1959.

“Arklow Boxing club are saddened to learn of the passing of Mick Quigley who was a great friend of boxing in Wicklow , Wexford and particularly Arklow. Mick was a top class referee and judge and began his boxing interest when he came to work in Arklow driving a lorry in the 50s and boxed as part of the Marion arts. Shows with contests being held between acts. Mick met and married Annie who hailed from St Patrick’s Terrace and visited often especially when our club held tournaments.

Mick while he could, officiated in our county championships tournaments and was a firm but talented referee. He had a dry wit and was hard to figure out if he was been serious! Anyone who knew Mick would agree he was a gentleman a good friend. A top class official and a big loss to boxing in Enniscorthy Wexford Wicklow and Arklow.

A native of Enniscorthy, Mick won many trophies with Arklow Boxing Club and Boolavogue Boxing Club in the 1950s and later trained young Boolavogue club members.

He was a founder member of St. Patrick’s Boxing Club, Enniscorthy. He was a popular and fair referee and had a busy schedule in championships and tournaments in many counties. He also coached young boxers and helped keep the club running smoothly and bringing national titles to the town on occasions.

He was also well known as a long time member of Enniscorthy FCA and was employed as a lorry driver with Wexford County Council based at the Machinery Yard, Enniscorthy.

FAMILY NOTICE; The death has occurred of Michael (Mick) Quigley, Greenville Lane, Enniscorthy, and formerly of Pearse Road, Enniscorthy.  Peacefully surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of the late Annie, dearly loved father of Mary, Anne, Bernie, Teresa, Michael and Thomas and beloved brother of Tommy, Kitty, Lizzie and Mary. Sadly missed by his loving sons, daughter, brothers, sisters, daughters-in-law Eleanor, Audrey and Ann, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.

Reposing at Browne’s Funeral Home, Enniscorthy, for family and friends today (Wednesday) from 5.30pm, concluding at 8pm. Funeral Mass at St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy on Thursday morning for Funeral Mass at 10am, which can be viewed online on the following Michaels Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Enniscorthy.

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