The IABA lauded its stars of 2019 at its Annual Awards Dinner at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin in late January this year.
Ireland’s boxers, from Elite to Schoolboy/girl, claimed 40 medals in European (Championship) competition last year and finished in top ten positions in the medals table in all Continental competitions entered.
Domestically, two Elite Championships were completed in February and November and Ireland’s top underage prospects shone on the national stage.
“Our athletes performed magnificently in international competition in 2019 and congratulations to the boxers, their clubs and coaches and all concerned for a tremendously successful year,” said IABA President Dominic O’Rourke.
“Here at home we also had a busy year with two National Elite Championships to prepare for the qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 and our various other National Championships where we saw top-class talent emerging.”
Some of the great stalwarts of the sport were also honoured last evening.
Sean Crowley, a former Secretary of the Association, was inducted into the IABA Hall of Fame for his outstanding service to the sport.
“Sean has given tremendous service for many years, and he thoroughly deserves this award as one of the great servants of Irish boxing,” Dominic O’Rourke added.
Michael O’Brien, President of the Cork County Boxing Board, was the MC for the evening and did another outstanding job as Master of Ceremonies.
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(Images courtesy of Paddy Gallagher and Tara Mari Robins)