07 November-Gene Tunney

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Gene Tunney, was born in 1897 to Mary and John Tunney of Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. Gene’s father John Tunney who came from Cill Aodáin, Kiltimagh and his mother Mary Lydon who came from Gorthgarve, Kiltimagh emigrated to the United States in 1880. They settled in Greenwich Village, New York City where they raised their seven children. Gene Tunney who won 65 of his 68 fights, 48 by knockout, retired as an undefeated heavyweight in 1928. James Joseph ‘Gene’ Tunney died aged 81 in the year 1978 On This Day

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