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The Kevin Sheehy Young Boxer of the Year – The Awards 2019

Ireland’s young boxers have had a pretty incredible year.

A total of 31 medals were won at the three major international underage tournaments attended by Ireland’s Youths (U18), Juniors (U16), and Schoolboys/girls (U14).

From these, we have a FIVE-fighter shortlist.

This award has been renamed in honour of Kevin Sheehy, a young star himself. The Limerick heavyweight was tragically killed during the summer with his whole life ahead of him. RIP.

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Young Boxer of the Year

Mickes Donoghue
The Athy 48kg dominated the European Junior Championships, topping the podium following comprehensive wins over Hungarian, Scottish, Azeri, Russian, and Ukrainian opponents.

Niamh Fay
The Swords bantam scored four wins en-route to a glorious gold at the European Youths. This achievement also saw Fay nominated for RTÉ Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Chloe Gabriel
The Mulhuddart 58kg claimed a sensational gold medal at the European Juniors, shocking the Russian favourite in the final with a huge performance.

Caoimhe Kinsella
The rangy Wexford 38kg claimed gold at the European Schoolgirls Championships, scoring a knockout in the final versus Turkey following a semi-final win over the Georgian home favourite.

Adam Olaniyan
Ireland’s heavyweight future looks bright with Dubliner Olaniyan taking gold at the European Schoolboys despite being younger than most of the field. The slick Jobstown puncher dominated the Georgian home favourite in the final.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on, Boxing News,, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: