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David McDonagh Delighted to Finally get over the Finish line

David J McDonagh was delighted to get the job done at the fourth attempt.

It wasn’t quite a case of fourth time fortunate as the underage champ was a deserved winner of the 92kg Under-18 National Championship final but after falling short on three previous occasion did new champ did feel his luck came in.

The Olympic BC fighter, who beat Joe Hutchinson of Neilstown in the decider, explained how he stopped boxing for two-plus years and never envisioned Irish title success when he returned in October.

That’s not to say the success didn’t mean the world to him.

“To win the title…it means a lot because I lost in the semi-finals of my first, second, and third All-Irelands. Last week was my first semifinal win, so the main thing was to get the job done. I was out of boxing for 2 or 3 years. I just came back in October and had no plans of going for anything,” he told

McDonagh now goes from not aiming for any success to a European medal hopeful.

“My main target is to do well in the Europeans, starting in April and hopefully medal out there.”

Jonny Stapleton contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: