Shamus O'Brien VS Eddie Smith
Above is a poster advertising a fight between Irishman Michael Joseph Hogan (born in 1891 at Ballinacourty, Dungarvan, Co Waterford) alias Shamus O'Brien and Eddie Smith. O'Brien is the boxer on the left of the poster. The poster pictured above is a copy photographed by his grandson Bill Torpey some years ago. The original poster is now in the hands of Bill and he is willing to donate this to the Waterford County Museum, to ensure it is kept safe for future generations.
The story of Joseph Hogan written by Eddie Cantwell can be read on our website www.waterfordmuseum.ie and the intriguing story of how Bill Torpey obtained the poster can be found on his blog. http://torpeykin.blogspot.com/
Thanks to Bill for his kind gesture. Hopefully the museum can ensure that the incredible story of Michael Joseph Hogan will be forever remembered in the place of his birth.
If you have an ancestor that achieved fame after they emigrated from Co. Waterford please contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org . We would be delighted to hear their story and preserve their memory.