Dealgan Boxing Club’s star female boxers secured three All Ireland titles recently in Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium.
The club have a long history of producing some of the best talent to come out of Louth in previous years and this year was no exception.
Orla Garvey, 50kgs girl 3, was going for her second national title in a row and after a hard fought 14-9 win in her semi-final, she was to meet Shauna McCann of Neilstown in this year’s final.
Orla is unbeaten in two years at all competition level and she showed what a dynamic boxer she is as her opponent was unable to get a seconds rest.
Orla quickly stopped her within the first round and the Dealgan boxer is building a reputation as a fearsome opponent to anybody who steps in the ring with her and she looks set to have a very successful future ahead of her.
Nicole Agnew, 46kgs girl 3, was aiming for her third national title to add to an impressive collection and in her semi-final bout she defeated her opponent on a score of 18-12.
Nicole was up against Naomi O’Leary from Letterkenny in the final, who was narrowly defeated in last year’s event.
Nicole produced three rounds of some of the most technical boxing to be seen in this year’s girls championships and with lightning speed footwork and sharp counter-punching she went on to claim her third title in successive years, winning on a score of 14 to 7.
Again this young girl is well on her way to representing Ireland in European and World competitions.
Amy Broadhurst, the current European Featherweight champion and youngest female boxer to ever win a European gold medal - a feat the great Katie Taylor is the only other female to have achieved - was going for her seventh Irish title which shows why she is mentioned in the same breath as Katie.
In her semi-final she wooed the crowd with a first round demolition of her opponent.
Ciara Ginty, a four time Irish champion from Gaesala was to be Amy’s opponent in the final. Amy, despite not producing her best boxing due to being ill in the week leading up to the fight, still prevailed on a score of 16 to 12, a remarkable achievement considering the circumstances.
Amy will now get the chance to defend her European title in Hungary at the end of June, alongside Katie Taylor.
Nicole McCann, 54kgs youth 2, is another of Delagan’s brightest talents and after only being in the club for a year, for her to make the final was an achievement in itself.
Her opponent was Rebecca Gorman of Clann Naofa and from the first bell Nicole met her opponent head on. In a very close first round Nicole was trailing by a single point.
In round two, despite Nicole throwing every single punch a boxer could throw, she found herself up against an opponent who returned every punch and by the end of the round she was still behind.
In the final round Nicole left every bit of energy she had in the ring but despite such a great and brave effort she was to lose the contest on a score of 22 to 14. It was a fantastic contest from two very good girls.
Great things lie ahead for Dealgan’s young girl boxers, achieving such great accomplishments at such a young age makes the future very bright for these young stars.