Paul Griffin, Dublin Lord Mayor Carr, Michael Carruth at Mansion House

Paul Griffin, Martin Collins, Boy 1 champion, Dublin Lord Mayor Brendan Carr and  Michael Carruth at Mansion House


Irish boxing legend Paul Griffin was lauded in the Mansion House in Dublin today.

The occasion, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, marked the 25th anniversary of the Drimnagh BC featherweight winning European Elite gold in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1991.

Griffin, who represented Ireland at the 1992 Olympics, won four fights en route to the top of the podium, outpointing England’s Alan Vaughan in the semi-finals before beating Faat Gatin of the Soviet Union 23-15 in the 57kg decider.

Denis Galvin, Joe Lawlor, Paul Buttimer, Neil Gough, Billy Walsh and Joe Lowe also represented Ireland at the 29th edition of the tournament.

Griffin’s gold, our only medal at the tournament a quarter of a century ago, helped Ireland finish in 8th position in the medals table.

Christy McKenna, Ireland’s coach in Gothenburg, attended today’s ceremony along with IABA CEO Fergal Carruth and Olympic champion Michael Carruth, family and guests.

The 1991 European Championships were the first Continental tournament to use computer scoring after the scoring system was changed following the 1988 Olympics.

Pleases scroll down for additional photographs from today’s function at the Mansion House.


Ireland’s European Elite Champions

1939: National Stadium Dublin

Flyweight: Jimmy Ingle

Featherweight: Paddy Dowdall

1947: National Stadium Dublin

Light-heavy: Gearoid O’Colmain

1991: Gothenburg, Sweden

Featherweight: Paul Griffin

2005: Tonsberg, Norway

Lightweight: Katie Taylor

2006: Warsaw, Poland

Lightweight: Katie Taylor

2007: Vejle, Denmark

Lightweight: Katie Taylor

2009: Nikolayev, Ukraine

Lightweight: Katie Taylor

2010: Moscow, Russia

Light-fly: Paddy Barnes

2011: Rotterdam, Holland

Lightweight: Katie Taylor

2011: Ankara, Turkey

Light-welter: Ray Moylette

Light-heavy: Joe Ward

2013: Minsk, Belarus

Bantamweight: John Joe Nevin

Middleweight: Jason Quigley

2014: Bucharest, Romania

Lightweight: Katie Taylor

2015: Samokov, Bulgaria

Bantamweight: Michael Conlan

Light-heavy: Joe Ward



P1.Nutritionist and friend
P2. Martin Collins Boy 1 National champion for Drimnagh BC
P3. Members Drimnagh BC
P4. Kelly McLoughlin U18 national champion Drimnagh BC, Karl McLoughlin Coach Drimnagh BC,Lord Mayor, Paul Griffin
P5. Paul and Partner
P6. Fergal, Lord Mayor, PG, MC, Barney Christy and Jim from Drogheda’s Holy Family BC
P7. Fran Long Drimnagh BC Coach, PG, Sophie Long