Dan Donnelly’s Mummified arm shipped to US for Irish Exhibit

New York, July 3—Jim Houlihan, curator of “Fighting Irishmen: A Celebration of the Celtic Warrior” set for the Irish Arts Center later this summer, has collected some neat artifacts for the exhibition from John L. Sullivan’s fur coat to Jack Dempsey's blazer to Gerry Cooney’s robe to John Duddy’s trunks to the punching bag from Sullivan's final bareknuckle training camp..

But none more unique that the late, great Irish fighter Dan Donnelly’s mummified right arm, yes, that’s correct, arm, which will be flown in from Ireland on Wednesday. Josephine Byrne, former owner of the Hideout Pub in Kilcullen, Ireland, and rightful owner of the arm, will accompany it to America.

“Dan Donnelly is a legend in Ireland – not only for his bare-knuckled boxing prowess, but for the macabre journey of his mummified right arm. Why anyone would want a grisly souvenir of Ireland’s first bare knuckle champion is a mystery, but the very fact remains the powerful arm that once felled great pugilists, would become a part of a traveling freak show.” – BCN, April 2006.

Article posted on 04.07.2006

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