Love/Hate actor and rising film star to box in Ireland’s biggest international tournament


One of the hottest properties in Hollywood is to swap the silver screen for the golden gloves at the end of this month.

Dublin actor Barry Keoghan is to fight at the Celtic Box Cup in Dungarvan, Waterford, which runs from September 29th to October 1st.

The North Inner City 24 year old shot to fame as Wayne in Season 4 of Love/Hate and has gone on to carve himself a reputation as one of the brightest prospects in film.

This year Keoghan has featured in Dunkirk with Tom Hardy, and the critically acclaimed The Killing of a Sacred Deer with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.

A boxing nut, he will dip into the sweet science this month.

Registered to the Cashen Vale Boxing Club in Tralee, county Kerry, Keoghan will enter the Celtic Box Cup at 60kg in the Senior B class.

The tournament is Ireland’s biggest international boxing event, and 2017 marks its fifth anniversary.

This year it will feature boxers from Australia, Canada, England, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Wales.

Big Irish names that will be competing include Tommy McCarthy, Frankie Cleary, Dean Walsh, Conor Ivors, Kelyn Cassidy, Tony Browne, Conor Wallace, Ken Okungbowa, Martin Keenan, Michaela Walsh, Kelly Harrington, Gráinne Walsh, Christina Desmond.

Notable international names include Canadian champions Eder Clervoix, Rodolfo Velasquez, and Caroline Veyre, Australian champions Caitlinn Parker, Kristy Harris, and Skye Nicolson, Dutch champion Bea Dudekova, and American Championships gold medalist Tammara Thibeault.

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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