Irish Youths Third in Europe

IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
Ireland finished in third position in the team ranking table at the 38-nation 2011 European Youth Championships.
Russia, Azerbaijan and Ireland, in that order, finished in the top three.
The IABA hosted event concluded at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin this afternoon.
Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly and Gary Sweeney both won silver at the tournament, while Joe Fitzpatrick, Stephen Broadhurst and Jack Morrissey won bronze.
Today’s medal hauls increases Ireland’s take at this level to 16 medals won since Michael Holmes and Tommy Thompson claimed silver and gold in Dublin in 1978.
The Immaculata BC in Belfast, meantime, have the distinction of winning two medals at this level as Frankie Slane won bronze in Scotland in 1992 and Joe Fitzpatrick won bronze this week in Dublin.
Please see below attachment for ranking table.
Ireland’s European Youth Championship Medalists
1978 – DUBLIN
Fly: Tommy Thompson (Transport BC) Bronze
Bantam: Michael Holmes (Phoenix BC) Silver
1980 – RIMINI
Feather: Barry McGuigan (Smithboro BC) Bronze
L/welter: Martin Brereton (Edenderry BC) Bronze
1984 – TAMPERE
Bantam: John Lowey (Ledley Hall BC)  Bronze
Bantam: Frankie Slane (Immaculata) Bronze
Light: Glen Stephens (Crumlin) Bronze
1995 – SIOFOK
Heavy: Cathal O’Grady (St Saviours OBA) Gold
L/middle: Marvin Lee (Oughterard BC) Bronze
2005 – TALLIN
Light: John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) Bronze
Welter: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley BC ) Gold – and the boxer of the tournament award)
2011 – DUBLIN
Welter: Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise BC) Silver
Light-heavy: Gary  Sweeney (All Stars) Silver
Flyweight: Joe Fitzpatrick (Immaculata) Bronze
Heavy: Jack Morrissey (Sacre Couer) Bronze
Middle: Stephen Broadhurst (Dealgan BC) Bronze
Irish Squad
49Kg: Evan Metcalfe (Crumlin)
52Kg: Joe Fitzpatrick (Immaculata)
56Kg: George Bates (St Mary’s)
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (St Mary’s) (cpt)
64Kg: Kieran Forde (Monivea)
69Kg: Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
75Kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Dealgan)
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (All Stars)
91Kg: Jack Morrissey (Sacre Coeur)
91+Kg: Thomas Conroy (Ballyhaunis)
Team Manager: Joe Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Tony Davitt, Jim O’Neill, Gus Farrell and Paddy Hughes.

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