Radio documentary on Tom ‘Sailor’ Sharkey to be aired this Bank Holiday Monday
A radio documentary tracing the life and career of one of Dundalk’s greatest ever sportsmen, Tom ‘Sailor’ Sharkey, will be broadcast on LMFM this coming Bank Holiday Monday.
The programme has been produced by LMFM journalist Colm Corrigan, and will give an insight into one of heavyweight boxing’s most charismatic and colourful characters from bygone days, when he fought all the top fighters of the day and just came up short in his quest to land a coveted World title.
There are many anecdotal stories surrounding one of Dundalk’s most famous sons, from his childhood days growing up on Hill Street, his time on the merchant ships, his many battles in the ring (including his famous duels with Jim Jeffries), to his passing in the USA in the early 1950s.
Colm has assembled many well regarded contributors to tell the story, including authors of the book ‘I Fought them All’ Greg Lewis and Moira Sharkey, Tom’s American descendants Charles Sharkey and Karen Ehatt, as well as renowned boxing journalist Patrick Myler.
The programme airs on Monday August 3rd, just after the midday news.