Kevin Sheehy

Five male and female defending champions are between the ropes in the last-four of the National Elite Men’s and Women’s Championships at Dublin’s National Stadium this weekend.

Galway’s Patrick Mongan and Wexford’s Dean Walsh, who is aiming for five on the trot, are in action in the lightweight and welterweight semi-finals versus Dubliner George Bates and Galway’s Kieran Molloy on Friday evening and Limerick’s Martin Keenan meets Dublin super-heavy John McDonnell on Saturday two wins away from retaining his 91kg+ belt.

Mongan versus Bates is a repeat of the 2017 final which the  man Olympic BC edged on a 3-2 split decision, while the Walsh versus Molloy three-rounder has the potential to be one of the bouts of the weekend at the home of Irish boxing.

Dervla Duffy, the defending featherweight champion, goes head-to-head with Ashley McCullough and welterweight titlist Grainne Walsh awaits the winner of Friday’s Connie Vaughan and Ciara Sheedy three-rounder.

Eight male and female quarter-finals will also be decided on Friday. The 2015 European Youth champion Michael Nevin trades leather with David Biscevas at middleweight.

In form Limerick heavyweight Kevin Sheehy has impressed for the St Francis BC so far this season. The Shannonsider claimed National Senior and U/22 belts for Andy Lee’s former Alma mater in December and January.

He’s in against Athlone’s World University bronze medallist Ken Okungbowa in the last-eight looking to edge a step closer to securing the vacant heavyweight title and a third, and ultimate, Irish belt in as many months.

Okungbowa was beaten by London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill, who pulled out of the 2018 Championships with a hand injury, in the 2017 decider.

Belfast’s current EU Elite champion Michaela Walsh goes head-to-head with Cork’s Tiegan Russell for a place in the featherweight final on Saturday evening, while former World Junior champion, Olympic Youth finalist, Ciara Ginty, pictured below, meets Katie Taylor’s ex Bray BC team-mate Gillian Duffy.

World and European Elite silver and bronze medallists Kellie Harrington and Christina Desmond received byes in the lightweight and middleweight finals.

Irish female boxing is building up toward the 2018 European and World Elite Championships scheduled for May and November in Poland and India.

It’s also expected that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) will unveil two extra female weights for females at Tokyo 2020 this year. Women currently box in the flyweight, lightweight and middle limits at the Olympics.

Meanwhile, the 2018 National Elite Championship finals are scheduled for February 24 at the National Stadium.

A second National Elites for women and men will be held in September and November this year on the road to the qualifiers for Tokyo 2020.

Tickets for the Liffey Crane Hire Elite finals can be purchased over the phone on 01-4533371 with debit cards. Tickets are priced at €40 Ringside, €30 Angles and €25 Gallery.


2018 National Elite Men’s and Women’s National Elite Championships National Stadium Dublin

Friday February 16th (7pm)


69kg Connie Vaughan (Duhallow) V Ciara Sheedy (Ardnaree)
75kg Kelyn Cassidy (Saviours Crystal) V Peter Carr (Crumlin)
75kg Glory Carlos Imuala (Maynooth) V Brett McGinty (Oakleaf)
75kg John Maughan (St Marys Dublin) V Gerard French (Clonard Antrim)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) V David Biscevas (St Saviours OBA)
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys Daingean) V Robert Burke (Glasnevin)
81kg Anthony Browne (St Michaels Dub) V Davit Tsotsoria (Illies GG)
91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis) V Kenneth Okungbowa (Athlone)


57kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart) V Ashley McCullough (Albert Foundry)
56kg Myles Casey (St Francis) V Evan Metcalfe (Hyland Academy)
56kg Thomas McCarthy (Setanta) V Christian Cekiso (Portlaoise)
60kg Patrick Mongan (Olympic) V George Bates (St Marys Dublin)
60kg Francis Cleary (Ballina) V Adam Kelly (Portlaoise)
64kg Keith Flavin (Paulstown) V Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
64kg Caoimhin Ferguson (Clonard A) V Colm Quinn (Castlebar)
69kg Dean Walsh (St Ibars) V Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
69kg Eugene McKeever (Holy Family D) V Tony McGlynn (Crumlin)
91+kg Patrick Nevin (St Michaels Dub) V Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Saturday February 17th (7.30pm)


48kg Courtney Daly (Crumlin) V Shannon Sweeney (St Annes)
48kg Megan Doyle (Whitechurch) V Carol Coughlan (Monkstown D)
57kg Tiegan Russell (Fr Horgans) V Michaela Walsh (Mokstown A)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus) V Winner
69kg Gillian Duffy (Bray) V Ciara Ginty (Geesala)
75kg Winner V Winner
75kg Winner V Winner
81kg Karol Blugosz (Scorpion) V Winner
81kg Winner V Caomhin Hynes (Holy Trinity)
91kg Liam Greene (South Meath) V Winner
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield) V Jason Barron (Holy Trinity)
91+kg Martin Keenan (Rathkeale) V John McDonnell (Crumlin)

U/18 Final

69kg Nadine Dermody (Raging Bull) V Elice Elliott (South Meath)

Novice Final

52kg Anita Larkin (Baldoyle) V Kinga Krzak (Celtic Eagles)

February 9th


56kg Evan Metcalfe (Hyland Academy) beat Adam Courtney (St Marys Dublin) 3-0
56kg Thomas McCarthy (Setanta) W/O
56kg Christian Cekiso (Portlaoise) beat Tommy Casey (St Francis) 5-0
60kg Patrick Mongan (Olympic Galway) beat Dillon Duffy (Pegasus) 4-1
60kg George Bates (St Marys Dublin) beat Shane Flavin (Paulstown) 5-0
60kg Francis Cleary (Ballina) beat Sean Duffy (Holy Trinity) 5-0
60kg Adam Kelly (Portlaoise) W/O
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard) beat Fergal Redmond (Arklow) 5-0
69kg Eugene McKeever (Holy Family D) beat Michael Hennessy (St Monicas) 5-0
69kg Tony McGlynn (Crumlin) beat David Barrett (Rylane) 4-1
64kg Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise) beat Matthew McCole (Dungloe) 5-0
91+kg Martin Keenan (Rathkeale) beat Geoffrey Kavanagh (Glasnevin) 4-1
91+kg John McDonnell (Crumlin) beat Antoine Griffin (Celtic Eagles) 4-1
91+kg Patrick Nevin (St Michaels Dub) beat Konstantin Popovcuic (Crumlin) 4-1
91kg+Dean Gardiner (Clonmel) beat Thomas Carthy (Glasnevin) 5-0

February 24th


48kg Winner V Winner
49kg Ricky Nesbitt (Carrickmacross) V Conor Jordan (St Aidans)
51kg Ceire Smith (Virginia/DCU) V Niamh Early (Ryston)
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard Antrim) W/O
54kg Lauren Hogan (St Brigids E) V Amanda Loughlin (St Michaels Dub)
56kg Winner V Winner
57kg Winner V Winner
60kg Winner V Winner
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) V Kellie Harrington (St Marys Dublin)
64kg Joanne Lambe (Carrickmacross) W/O
64kg Winner V Winner
69kg Winner V Winner
69kg Winner V Winner
75kg Aoife Burke (St Marys Dublin) V Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)
75kg Winner V Winner
81kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) W/O
81kg Winner V Winner
81+kg Lisa Browne (Aglish) V Nell Fox (Rathkeale)
91kg Winner V Winner
91+kg Winner V Winner