Ireland’s medal-laden young squad got the red carpet treatment at Dublin Airport this afternoon…..
Ireland’s young boxers today arrived home to a heroes reception through Dublin Airport from the 10th European Schoolboy Championships in Russia.
The 2012 squad secured three gold, one silver and six bronze medals from the the 22-nation tournament in Anapa and finished in second spot in the medals table behind hosts Russia.
Russia, Ireland and Azerbaijan were the only nations to win gold.
Ireland has sent teams to every European Schoolboy Championships since the inaugural event in Rome in 2003 and have finished in podium positions on each occasion, a sequence which has yielded 50 medals, an average of five medals per tournament.
The class of 2012, which claimed 10 of the above total in Anapa, is now officially our most successful European Schoolboy Championships side.
Hailing what has been another fantastic European campaign for Irish amateur boxing, IABA President Tommy Murphy described the 2012 team as the champions of the future.
He said, “Our young boxers, coaches and staff deserve enormous credit for what has been a wonderful tournament for Irish amateur boxing in Russia. To win ten medals is absolutely magnificent and everyone concerned can be very proud of this remarkable achievement.
“The clubs, coaches and provincial boards around the country deserve enormous credit for the crucial role they played in this success. We have put the systems in place and the boxers that represented Ireland in Anapa proved that they can compete with and beat the best in the World.
“They are the champions of the future and the Irish Amateur Boxing Association is very proud of their achievements.”
Irish squad 2012 European Schoolboy Championships Anapa, Russia
38.5kg: Nathan May (Crumlin, Dublin)
40kg: Francie Stokes (Oak Leaf, Derry)
41.5kg: Conor Quinn (Clonard, Antrim)
43kg: Aaron McKenna (Smithboro, Monaghan)
44.5kg: Sean Purcell (Marble City, Kilkenny)
46kg: Oliver McCarthy (Brian Dillons, Cork)
48kg: James McGivern (St Georges, Antrim)
50kg: John Sweeney (Inisfree, Sligo)
52kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise, Laois)
54kg: Matthew Davis (Ardagh/Cross, Mayo)
56kg: Kieran Molloy (Oughterard, Galway)
59kg: Brett McGinty (Oak Leaf, Derry)
62kg: Christopher O’Reilly (Bracken, Dublin)
65kg: Darragh Murray (South Meath, Meath)
68kg: Brian Kennedy (Daingean, Offaly)
76kg: Nevan Fannon (Ballyhaunis, Mayo)
76+kg: James Clarke (Kilnamanagh, Dublin)
Director of Boxing: Dominic O’Rourke
Team Manager: Paddy Gallagher
Team Coaches: Dmitry Dimitrov,Fergal McKenna, Brian Barry
R&J: Philip Rooney