Team Ireland’s medal-laden squad arrived home for the European Schoolboy Championships in Zagreb,Croatia via Dublin Airport this morning.
Cain Lewis, Francis Maughan, Jason Irwin and Patrick Collins returned with bronze from the 14th edition of the tournament.
“The entire squad performed magnificently and the boys did Irish boxing proud. We’re delighted to bring home six medals, said Irish team manager Paddy Gallagher.
“We might have faulted a few things in relation to the scoring in Zagreb, but one thing we couldn’t fault was the effort of the team. Each and every one of the boys left absolutely everything in the ring.”
Irish boxing has now secured 13 gold medals at this level since the 1st European Schoolboy Championships in Rome in 2013.
David Joyce claimed our first gold in Rome in 2003. Current WBA Super World featherweight champion Carl Frampton won silver on the same day.
Thirteen athletes, Joyce, Willie O’Reilly, Stephen O’Reilly, Michael O’Reilly, Michael McDonagh, John Joyce, Oliver McCarthy, James McGivern, Michael Nevin, Aaron McKenna, Jordan Myers, William Hayden and Jason Myers have finished on top of their respective podium since the inaugural tournament in the Eternal City thirteen years ago.
The total haul for Irish boxing at the European Schoolboy Championships is 79 medals since Rome 2003.
“Congratulations to the Irish squad, coaches and staff on a magnificent tournament in Zagreb. Our young athletes have once again done Irish boxing proud in international competition,” said Pat Ryan, President of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association.
“The European Schoolboy Championships is the first step on the international pathway for our future Olympians.”
Irish Squad 2016 European Schoolboy Championships
38.5KG Jerome Lonergan Gartland (Clonmel)
40KG Thomas Donovan (Olympic)
41.5KG Gerard McDonagh (Glen) cpt
43KG Jonathon Hughes (Jobstown)
44.5KG Eoghan Quinn (St.Johns Derry)
46KG Steven Cairns (Loughmahon)
48KG Cain Lewis (Ballymun) (Bronze)
50KG Shane O’Gorman (St.Malachys)
52KG Paddy Myers (Sligo City)
54KG Francis Maughan (St.Marys Dublin) (Bronze)
56KG Patrick Collins (Baldoyle) (Bronze)
59KG Jason Irwin (Castleblaney) (Bronze)
62KG Matthew Tyndall (Monkstown Dublin)
65KG William Hayden (Crumlin) (Gold)
68KG Jason Myers (Titans) (Gold)
72KG Jamie Edwards (Crumlin)
76KG Thomas Doherty (Baldoyle)
76+KG John Sweeney (Ennis)
Team Manager: Paddy Gallagher (Maynooth)
Coaches: Igor Khmil (Smithfield), JP Kinsella (Monkstown),Eoin Pluck (Arklow), Brian Barry (Riverstown)
R&J: Martin Fennessy (Clonmel)