Tricia Magennis pays tribute while boxer family mourns loss of Gleann ABC loyalist

The boxing community led the tributes to Gleann ABC loyal Tricia Magennis after her death.

The 42-year-old – who was also a well-known political and community activist – died Thursday after battling cancer.

Tricia has played a massive role in Gleann’s success in recent years, playing a number of roles and forming part of the club’s board.

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Gleann ABC, based in a region at West Business Center on Glen Road, welcomes in the region 100 young people through its doors each week, helping to keep kids off the streets and improving the physical and mental well-being of the boxers it takes under. its wings.

Tributes have been flowing since news of Tricia’s death.

Gleann coach Dee Walsh told Belfast Live: “We are all devastated at Glenann. Tricia has been a backbone of this club and has done so much to help it progress in recent years.

“We were all devastated to hear the news. We couldn’t believe it, even though we knew about her battle with cancer.

Photo by Tricia Magennis
Tricia Magennis

“She was just a great person who would do anything for you. Tricia played a huge role at the club. She helped with various jobs including manager and payroll, and she also helped with some training.

“She started helping a few girls and progressed from there. She even went on and got the first part of her training badges.

“Tricia was one of the main volunteers who tried to bring in the club. She was also part of the committee. Her death will leave a massive void at the club.

“Even when little Eoin Hamill died a few years ago, Tricia was the one who helped unite the club in what was a very difficult time for everyone.

“So it’s a massive loss to the club. She loved Gleann.”

Gleann ABC described Tricia as “the mother” of its club.

They said: “Gleann is deeply saddened by the loss of the spine and“ the mother ”(as we called her) of our boxing club Tricia Magennis.

“A woman we could all depend on, a brilliant wife and mother to her children and a woman who really cared about our club!

“Thoughts and prayers are with Turk her husband, our champion Odhrann, Grainne and young Meadhbh

“Our club has received a number of massive blows in the last two years, but we will continue to unite, continue to fight and progress in the memory of the people we have lost.”

Other tributes have flowed into social media.

County Antrim Boxing IABA stated: “Tricia was an integral part of Gleann Boxing Club and a great advocate of women’s boxing and boxing in general. Tricia recently participated in our most recent trial course and helped on all levels of the sport.”

Professional boxer Padraig McCrory who trains from Gleann said: “Rip Tricia Magennis. Great servant to the Gleann boxing club and also to your family. A very sad day, God bless your family.”

St Paul’s ABC in Andersonstown added: “Thoughts are on with Gleann boxer Odhran Magennis and the rest of his family after hearing about the passing of his mother Tricia. May she Rest In Peace.”

Like her boxing engagements, Tricia was a tireless community and political activist, representing Sinn Fein in the 2011 municipal elections.

Her husband Stephen, a former Sinn Fein councilor for the Colin area of ​​West Belfast, broke the sad news of her death on Thursday night.

He said: “It is hard to say that my beautiful wife and mother of my babies and boyfriend Tricia have passed away. She was battling cancer like no other I have ever seen to stay with us. You are and always will be the love of my life. “We’re all heartbroken.”

Tricia Magennis (back right) with boxers and coaches at Gleann ABC

Other tributes were paid after Tricia’s death.

The Colin Safer Neighborhood Project said: “The Colin Safer Neighborhood project is being demolished tonight due to the loss of our dearest friend, comrade and wife of our founding member, Tricia Magennis.

“Tricia has played a huge role in organizing and tracking issues affecting hundreds of our Colin residents and has been one of the unseen volunteers who have made sure our community is one of the safest in Belfast.

“On a lighter note, Tricia coordinated the Christmas meeting projects and made sure all of our volunteers felt appreciated for the commitment they gave to our area. Her planning was always careful.

“Our thoughts tonight are with Stephen, Diarmuid, Gráinne, Ordhán and Meadhabh and the whole Magennis & Finley clan. Stay calm Tricia, true Diamond.”

Feile an Phobail added: “Very sad news has reached us this evening that our friend Tricia Magennis has sadly passed away. the Féile barrier set up.

“Her presence, smile and character will be sadly missed. Condolences to the Magennis clan at this very sad time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”

Sinn Fein spokesman Danny Baker said: “My heart is broken for my friend and comrade Stephen over the passing of his wife Tricia Magennis. Tricia was a truly wonderful woman, a Republican and a community activist.

“Life can be so cruel at times. Suaimhneas síoraí di. A Mhuire na nGael guí ar a son.”

The St. Luke’s Football Club paid tribute on Facebook, saying: “St. Luke would like to send his sincere condolences to Stephen Magennis (great Turk) for the passing of his wife Tricia suaimhneas síoraí. Both Stephen and Tricia are known throughout the community for their work. and help them do it in the cColin area …. and we just want Stephen to know if it’s something you and your family need, please contact chomh leithscéal a chara. “

Lagmore Youth Project said: “The staff and management committee of Lagmore Youth Project would like to extend our condolences to Stephen Magennis, their children and extended family for the passing of his beloved his beloved wife and mother Tricia. Please accept our deepest condolences.”

Colin Gaels GAA Club added: “The club, volunteers, players and the management committee would like to express our sincere condolences to 12-year-old Meadhbh, her father Stephen and the rest of the Magennis family for the loss of their mother and wife Tricia. , rest in peace. “

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