An event to celebrate the publication of a new book on the life and times of the Irish boxer Sean Mannion will be held in The Goal Post Bar & Grille in Quincy on Saturday, February 15, at 8.30 p.m.
The award-winning new sports biography, titled Rocky Ros Muc: Seán Ó Mainnín, written by the Irish journalist Rónán Mac Con Iomaire tells the story of one of the greatest boxers ever to come out of Ireland. Raised in Ros Muc in the heart of Connemara – just a few miles away from where Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s mother grew up – Sean Mannion’s boxing talents would bring him to the dizzying heights of Madison Square Garden.
Sean Mannion, currently living in Boston and training former All-Ireland Champion turned professional boxer, Michael McLaughlin, said that he hoped that people will enjoy the book. “It was very important for me that this book would be an honest reflection of my life and career and I think that’s something that Rónán has achieved,” he said.
Rónán Mac Con Iomaire worked closely with Seán Ó Mainnín to tell the dramatic story of his battles both inside and outside the ring. Mac Con Iomaire said that Seán Mannion is very well regarded for his boxing achievements in the United States, after years of fights broadcast on ESPN and HBO in locations such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and New York.
“This is a man who won the US Light-Middleweight Championship in 1982 during the most competitive era in that weight division's history,” said Mac Con Iomaire. “Seán Mannion fought some of the best boxers in the world, challenged for the world title and in all of his 57 pro fights, was never knocked down.” Mac Con Iomaire added that he hoped Mannion would receive the recognition he deserved for his achievements.
The book is written in Seán’s native tongue, Irish, but plans are afoot to publish a version of the book in English. Speaking about the book the veteran RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta national broadcaster in Ireland Seán Bán Breathnach said, “It truly shows Seán’s place among the boxing greats of his time, among Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran.”