Holy Family joy over two Irish crowns
PROSPERING local club Holy Family BC continues to produce champions from its Ballsgrove base, with two national winners in their ranks during 2013.
Ben Bannon, in his first year of competitive action, stormed to the Boy 1 60kg Irish title by seeing off challengers from Dealgan BC, Crumlin BC and then Ryan Mulholland from St John Bosco Newry in a classic final in Dublin.
And in the Boy 2 66kg division, Michael Walsh picked up his second national title within 12 months, easing past opponents from St Aidans (Wexford), Brosna BC (Offaly) and then Brendan Mc Parland of St John Bosco Newry in the decider.
Holy Family also won eight provincial crowns in 2013. Along with Bannon and Walsh, Leon Maguire, Padraig Convery, Vasyl Chechensky, Michael Nevin, Hugh Nevin and Stephen Law-rence all secured Leinster titles.
Others came agonisingly close to national glory, with Youth 1 Michael Nevin, who remained undefeated in 2013, having to withdraw from his final due to sickness when on course to achieve his goal for the year by taking his first All-Ireland title.
Michael Reilly would also come unstuck in the National Under-22 final against Geoffrey Kavanagh (Corinthians BC Dublin) after a tight light-heavyweight contest.
'As long as we produce National champions each year it's a matter of time before one of our lads progress to international honours,' said coach Damien McKenna. 'In the past four years we have travelled to Wales, England and Canada and on Dec-ember 20th we take on a Scottish Selection in Glasgow. These trips have given our boxers the opportunity to showcase their talents and gain experience which will benefit them in the future.
'The club would like to thank all its sponsors, especially Mr Liam Mc Crory from OMAC LIFE who has agreed a three-year sponsorship deal, and also the committee and coaches Christy, Fergal, Johnny, Barney and Paddy. Without their voluntary time, the success would not happen.'