Paul Kinsella, left, with some of his Monkstown BC proteges

MONKSTOWN Boxing Club head coach Paul Kinsella is set to be awarded the highest honour of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association: a lifetime achievement award.
Kinsella has been involved in the sport for 25 years, and represented Ireland at the world and European championships before moving into coaching, founding the Monkstown Boxing Club from scratch 12 year ago. They’re now widely considered one of the strongest clubs in Ireland.
Home to 110 members aged from five upwards, the club is bursting at the seams in its community centre home, and about to kick off a major campaign to secure their own facilities.
“It’s important to catch kids and get them involved in boxing young,” club development coach James Doyle told GazetteSport. “Once they get to 13 or 14 it’s hard to get the same level of interest. When they’re five or six, we find the discipline of boxing has a knock-on effect on other areas of their lives.
“Having a name like Paul’s obviously gives the club a special appeal.
“The next push will be a new building. We have a couple of local businesses involved, but the club has the potential to go to 200-300 members. We’re growing week by week, and despite not having even our own changing rooms, we have seven or eight boxers involved with the Irish high performance unit.”
The club travelled to the UK to fight this year, after taking home best club award. In October, the club took on Repton Boxing Club, one of the world’s most famous clubs, and were able to grab a spectacular draw. Plans are already in place for a return leg.
Kenneth Doyle, Monkstown’s club captain, beat three-times English champion Michael Chalk to salvage the draw in the last moments of the Repton face off.
Kinsella will be handed the award in the national stadium during the Irish senior boxing finals this coming Friday, December 18, and went out of his way too, thanks the other volunteers at the club who have helped push his career forwards.
“To receive an award of this stature really is a testament to the type of man Paul is and to the club he represents from the dedication, sacrifices, to all the hours upon hours of hard training in a career that has lasted 25 years.”
“This included representing his country on many occasions that included world and European championships and to just miss out on Olympic qualification but to also then dedicate his life outside the ring to coaching in our community is incredible,” Doyle told GazetteSport.”
“I genuinely don’t think we could put into words the amount of joy the club is feeling at the moment.”