Peter Crotty began fighting with the St. Mary’s Boxing Club in Clonmel, later training at the Dungarvan Battalion FCA, before joining the Army for two years in 1943. Crotty won the Irish welterweight title for four straight years, 1949-52, but lost his first match at the Helsinki Olympics when a cut opened over his eyes and the fight was stopped by the referee. He retired after the Olympics and worked in the building trade, often as a scaffolder. In January 2006 a blue plaque was unveiled in front of the Dungarvan Town Hall depicting his boxing achievements, and the gymnasium where he trained there with the Dungarvan Boxing Club is now called the Peter Crotty Iron Man Gym. Dungarvan also holds an annual Peter Crotty Memorial Boxing Tournament.