100 days in Cardiff – Peerless Jim Driscoll

We Are Cardiff contributor Jeremy Rees is recording his days in and around Cardiff with 100 photographs of local points of interest. We’ll be publishing some of them here on We Are Cardiff – and make sure you tune in to Jeremy as he presents the Saturday Soulful Breakfast on Radio Cardiff!

Peerless Jim Driscoll

peerless jim driscoll

One of Newtown’s most celebrated sons, Jim Driscoll gained the epithet ‘peerless’ because of his prowess is a bantamweight boxer in the early 20th Century. He already had a street in Grangetown named after him when French hotel chain Radisson Blu decided to commission this statue of him to stand outside their swanky new Cardiff hotel a couple of years back – presumably as an homage to Newtown. The vanished Irish area of the City is a stones throw from where he stands (or was until it was k/’o’d in 1970).
Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…