King of the Travellers

by Seán on November 28, 2006

by Seán | November 28th, 2006  

Joe 'The Hulk' Joyce, King of the TravellersDuuuude, look at this guy.

This man is Joe “The Hulk” Joyce, who, sources tell me, is the king of all travellers.

I’m just going to pause to give credit for a fabulous photograph to my friend and local photographer, David Walsh. Fair play to ya, Dave.

Anyway, back to that king of all travellers thing – apparently, to become king of the travellers you have to be the best fighter. How, you may ask, is that determined? Well, we’ve all seen Snatch, yeah? That’s right: bare-knuckled fighting. The king of all travellers is the guy who beat up anyone else who wanted to be king of all travellers. Our man Joe there is the roughest, toughest, baddest fighter in Ireland.

These fights are, of course, strictly illegal. They have no rules. The rules are: win. I have heard they’re pretty brutal. Just imagine discovering that there is bootleg footage of these fights on videocassette and dvd from less than reputable retailers around Ireland . . . I’d say something like that would be just scandalous.

In any case, you wouldn’t find such a thing on Amazon.

{ 8 comments }

Ethan June 13, 2007 at 8:06 am
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Yep, you can tell that guy has had a broken nose… at least once! I wouldn’t want to be the one to challenge him for Kingship either. Believe it or not, I’m in Texas reading this.

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davo August 27, 2007 at 11:40 am
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This guy aint king of gypsies he got beet of big dan rooney who is king of the gypsies. with the exception of bartley gorman who is renounded as king the gypsys

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john mccarthy August 29, 2007 at 6:17 am
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the Hulk is the man and if he came to the US he’d still be the man

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paddy doyle November 6, 2007 at 3:27 pm
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joe was all ways the king he just had to b challenged nd aney mcginly lost nd he was sayin he won but he lost i hav to say wel done to his son but thats it wb

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Relapse24 December 14, 2007 at 11:02 pm
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Rooney only won coz d hulk fell n bust his leg!D hulk was d king but he aint no more!!

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wise February 20, 2008 at 9:56 pm
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hulk will get a whooping if he ever wants to trade on a Fist-fare at one of the Public Bars in the Fiji Islands.

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tony doyle February 23, 2008 at 12:41 am
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joe is noting only a bully pick fights with old men an lads who have had to much to drink ,he lost to aniey he could not punch him out so he done a mick tyson bite his ear two times so he lost.end off him

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paddy April 4, 2008 at 5:29 pm
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the keenans are the best traverler name were just to quite big joe is good but hes no match for a keenan

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