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GALLERY – National U18 Championships Finals Day in pictures

The first national champions of 2024 were crowned at the National Stadium last weekend as the National Under-18 Championships came to an end.

28 new champions were crowned across an action-packed finals day.

‘The Boxers Photographer’ Matthew Spalding was ringside for the entire tournament and captured the action from start to finish.

Below are some of the best shots from finals day:


  1. 44kg Emily Midwinter (Rosslare) W/O
  2. 44kg Jaidan Buckley (St Teresa’s) W/O
  3. 46kg Sophie Curley Grey (Dealgan) beat Ella Thompson (Setanta), 5-0
  4. 46kg Tiarnan Cunningham (Dealgan) beat Rico McInerney (Portlaoise), 4-1
  5. 48kg Tiffany Spencer (Jobstown) beat Nicole Ahern (Golden Gloves M), 5-0
  6. 48kg Scott Thompson (Spartans U) beat Antonio Bozkaya (East Meath) 3/2
  7. 50kg Carlagh Peake (Ballyhaunis) beat Jamie O’Rourke (St Mary’s NR) 3/2
  8. 51kg Jamie Collins (Drimnagh)   beat Daniel Philips (Ratoath) 3/2
  9. 52kg Grace Conway (Tredagh) beat Siofra O’Halloran (Ballynacargy), 5-0
  10. 54kg Nicole Kinsella (St Marys NR) beat Niamh Keogh (Olympic L), 5-0
  11. 54kg Kai Griffin (Avona) vs John Connors (Common Quay) w/o
  12. 57kg Aliyah Flood (Monkstown D) beat Breanna Johnston (Tredagh)
  13. 57kg Martin McDonagh (Avona) beat John Harty (Portlaoise), 5-0
  14. 60kg Siofra Kenny (Curadh) beat Georgia Stewart (Darndale), 5-0
  15. 60kg Jack Johnson (Marble City) beat Jack McNamee (Olympic L), 5-0
  16. 63kg Ava Henry (Dublin Docklands) beat Siofra Lawless (Four Kings), RSC2
  17. 63.5kg Ryan Jenkins (Olympic L) beat Johnathan O’Donnell (Charleville), 5-0
  18. 66kg Kyla Doyle (Whitechurch) beat Saoirse McCarthy (St Pappins) RSC1
  19. 67kg Ryan Connolly (Setanta) beat Thomas Ward (Olympic C) 3/2
  20. 70kg Sarah Murphy (St Brigids K) beat Jodie Byrne (Top End), 5-0
  21. 71kg Tadhg O’Donnell (Four Kings) beat Grigorii Onipchenko (Celtic Eagles), 5-0
  22. 75kg Nell McLoughlin (Eagle)  W/O
  23. 75kg Edward Barrett (Titans) beat Daniel McDonagh (Geesala) 3/2
  24. 80kg Padraig Corduff (St Annes) beat Shay O’Dowd (Swords), 4-1
  25. 82kg Ellie May Mahon (Enniscorthy)  W/O
  26. 86kg Tom Stokes (Athlone) beat John Phoenix (Four Kings), 5-0
  27. 92kg Brandon McKelvie (Clonard A) beat Paddy Sweeney (Galway), RSC2
  28. 92+kg Adam Olaniyan (Jobstown) beat Franco Ernjes (Saviours Crystal), RSC2

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: