Ireland name strong team for European Youth Championships


Ireland will send a seven-strong squad to the European Youth Championships in Turkey later this month.

The tournament begins in Antalya on Saturday October 21st at the Ozkaymak Falez Hotel and runs until Sunday October 29th.

World Youth bronze medalist Gabriel Dossen, and World Junior silver medalists Eamer Coughlan and Paddy Donovan are all included as they round off their underage career’s and all three will be big medal hopes.

First year Youths David Oliver Joyce, cousin of the Rio Olympian, and Terry Donoghue, a silver medalist at last year’s European Juniors are also on the panel alongside Crumlin’s Craig Kavanagh and Sligo’s Jordan Myers – who won European Schoolboys gold back in 2013.

All seven members, currently in training camp in Belfast, won National U-18 titles back in May.

Photo (L-R): Terry Donoghue, Eamer Coughlan, Gabriel Dossen, Paddy Donovan, David Oliver Joyce, Craig Kavanagh. Not Pictured: Jordan Myers

Champions at the heavier weights Thomas Maughan, Martin Jim Mongan, and Martin John Mongan have not been named in the squad.

European Youth Championships Antalya. Turkey October 21st-29th
Irish squad
49kg Terry Donoghue (St Michaels Athy BC)
52kg David Oliver Joyce (Ballymun BC)
56kg Craig Kavanagh (Crumlin BC)
60kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown BC)
64kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL BC)
69kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic BC)
75kg Jordan Myers (Sligo City BC)

Head Coach: Zauri Antia
Coach: Billy McClean
Coach/Team manager: John Conlan
R&J: Diarmuid MacDiarmada

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie