Town’s double glory

by Gazette Reporter
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MONKSTOWN Boxing Club made more history at the recent All-Ireland championships at the National Stadium in Dublin as the club brought home three medals.
The club has become accustomed to success at underage level in recent years and 2017 looks set to follow on from their most successful year when they took home ten All-Ireland titles.
16-year-old Dylan Doyle retained the national Junior 2 title he won last year at 52kg when he beat Leeside Lough’s Owen McDonagh 4-1 after getting a walkover in the semi-finals.
Sean Mari, who is also 16 years old, also hung on to his Junior 2 national crown in the 44kg weight class after he overcame Adam Hession of Monavee in a 5-0 whitewash.
Mari defeated Jack O’Neill of Holy Trinity 5-0 in the semi-finals to set up the medal showdown.
However, there was disappointment for 15-year-old Jack Ginnelly at 80kg as he fell short in his final bout against Michael J Keegan of Leeside Lough to take silver.
In March, the club had success at the All-Ireland Third Level Championships at the National Stadium with three medallists in total.
UCD’s Seamus Lyons won silver in the Elite 69kg class. He lost a split decision in the final to DCU’s Jack Robinson after an impressive semi-final win over Owen Bergin of Waterford IT. Jack Matthews won gold for Dun Laoghaire IADT in the Novice 67kg class. He beat IT Tallaght’s Andre Mendes in the final, after defeating Limerick IT’s Caoilte De Barra in the semis.
Kenneth Doyle of Sallynoggin College of Further Education also picked up gold for his success in the under-19 64kg weight class. He overcame Connor Jennings of St Monica’s/SRC in the final bout.
Additionally, 18-year-old Doyle will represent Ireland under-19s against Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday, April 29.
The club, based in the Mounttown Community Facility in Fitzgerald Park, Dun Laoghaire, has become one of the country’s most successful community boxing clubs in recent years.
Opened in 2005 by honorary chairman Thomas Rapple, built on the former site of one of Dublin’s more disadvantaged areas, the club has gone from strength to strength in its short existence.
Monkstown BC is home to trainers like former Irish light flyweight champion PJ Kinsella and, in 2015, was named Best Club at the Leinster Michael Andrews Boxing Championship.
2016 saw the club take home ten All-Ireland titles, which earned them a nomination for the Irish Athletic Boxing Association’s Club of the Year award.

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