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John (The Boxer) McIlree
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This page is intended to list all the sporting achievements of members of the McIlree family so if you know of anyone who should be on the page please email me.



John (The Boxer) McIlree
Born: 1912
Died: 22 October 1982

John (The Boxer) McIlree, shown in the picture (above right) was a boxer of renown who held the prestigious 'Belt of India' boxing trophy as a serving soldier and later in civilian life ran a boxing club in Cookstown. He was also involved with training the Northern Ireland boxing team.

An extract from the Mid Ulster Mail of January 3, 1959:

'Five boxers who won titles at the Tyrone Championships in Dungannon were: P. Forbes (lightweight), B. Hunter (featherweight), T. Martin (light-heavyweight), J. Mitchell (middleweight), T. Palmer (welterweight). Their trainers were John McIlree and L. McGucken.'


Vance Elmer Mcilree
Born: Oct 14, 1897 in Riverside, IA
Died: May 06, 1959 in Kansas City, MO
Major League Debut: Sep 13, 1921

Full details of his career can be found at


H McIlree

I have no other knowledge of H McIlree other than he must have been a very good young golfer as he was runner up in Ulster Boys Championships for three years running. I am not sure if the H McIlree at Knock and the M Mcilree from Knock that won the Connacht Boys Open Amateur Championships were the same person.

Venue Winner Runner Up

1952 Malone A.H.G. Love, Knock H. McIlree, Knock 7/6

1953 Bangor W.H. Rainey, Shandon Park H. McIlree, Knock 6/5

1954 Knock T. McAllister, Carrickfergus H. McIlree, Knock 3/2

Full details of the Ulster Boys Championships can be found at:


1950 Galway M. Hegarty B. Donnellon, Dundalk 1 Hole
1951 Galway B. Donnellon, Dundalk K. Wallace 6/5
1952 Co Sligo M. McIlree, Knock T. Moloney 4/3
1953 Galway J. Kinsella, Skerries F. Gallagher, Co Louth 5/4

Motor Racing

Dennis McIlree in his Merlyn Mk-20, 1st Place in Open Wheel

Provisional Race Results Group 7 ALL FORMULA CARS



SEPT 27,28, 1997 2.2 Miles

Starting time: 31 Starters 31 Finishers Margin of victory: 36.183 Sec.

OA CP Class Car Driver Car Desc. Sponsor Best Lap Speed Laps

1 1 FF 2 DENNIS MCILREE MERLYN MK-20 1600 1:43.672 76.394 38

2 2 FF 142 JIM STEIMNETZ MERLYN MK-11A 1600 1:41.171 78.283 38

3 3 FF 29 BOB DARCEY LOLA T-200 1575 1:43.875 76.245 38

4 4 FF 20 M. HENRY, B. HENRY WINKELMAN WDF-1 1528 1:42.054 77.605 38

5 1 F2 23 JOHN OBIALERO BRABHAM BT-38 1600 1:42.232 77.470 37 NR

Full details available at Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing

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