“Everybody can dream, and if you work hard enough and train hard enough, it may come true.” (Martin Keenan)

“I’m looking forward (after her final) to a big juicy burger and a milkshake.” (Kellie Harrington)

“I gave it my heart, gave it everything. He’s an Olympian. I’ll be back bigger and better.” (Thomas McCarthy)

“That means I’m the best in Ireland no matter what. Last year I beat the flyweight champion, now I beat the light-flyweight champion so I’ve beaten two champions in the finals.” (Kurt Walker)

“I’ll be going for my third European title in the Ukraine, that’s a fact.” (Joe Ward)

“Has Kellie (Harrington) won seven titles also? I must have a word with her about that!” (Darren O’Neill’ after winning his 7th Elite belt. Harrington has also won seven titles)

“Tommy is a very clever boxer, I had to keep my focus. I’m absolutely delighted to retain my title.” (Brendan Irvine).

“When it ended I didn’t actually know what happened, it all happened so fast.” (Leona Houlihan)

“This is a very proud moment for our club.” (Olympic BC coach Michael Mongan after Patrick Mongan won the lightweight title)

“I’m absolutely thrilled to win my first Elite title and I would like to thank my coaches and everyone at the club for their support.” (Ciara Ginty)

“I really wanted it so bad this year.” (Dervla Duffy)

“I feel I could come back next year and beat him,” “unbeaten RTE southpaw” Jimmy Magee to a jubilant Dean Walsh, who claimed his fourth successive title and his second Best Boxer Award.

National Elite Championships National Stadium Dublin

February 17th


Best Boxer Award:  Dean Walsh

48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco A) beat Shannon Sweeney (St Annes) 5-0
51kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road) W/O
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal) beat Stephen McKenna (Old School) 5-0
69kg Grainne Walsh (Spartacus) beat Gillian Duffy (Bray) TKO3
57kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart) beat Moira McElligott (St Michaels Athy) 4-1
54kg Terry Mullarney (Ballyhaunis) W/O
81kg Leona Houlihan (Crumlin) beat Caroline Connolly (Mourne GG) TKO2
49kg Blaine Dobbins (St Josephs Derry) beat Darryl Moran (Illies GG) 3-2
81kg Joe Ward (Moate) beat Anthony Browne (St Michaels Dub) 4-1
60kg Kelly Harrington (Glasnevin) beat Shauna O’Keeffe (Clonmel) 4-1
60kg Patrick Mongan (Olympic) beat George Bates (St Marys Dublin) 3-2
64kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala) beat Emma Agnew (Dealgan) 5-0
64kg Sean McComb (Holy Trinity) beat Wayne Kelly (Ballynacargy) 5-0
52kg Brendan Irvine (St Pauls) beat Thomas McCarthy (Mayfield) 5-0
69kg Dean Walsh (St Ibars)beat Brett McGinty (Oakleaf) 5-0
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans) W/O
75kg Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin) beat Stephen Broadhurst (Dealgan) 4-1`
91kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) beat Ken Okungbowa (Athlone) 5-0
91+kg Martin Keenan (Rathkeale) beat Thomas Carty (Glasnevin) 4-1
81+kg Maeve McCarron (Carrigart) W/O