A number of their members took part in exhibition bouts, including the likes of Shane Egan, Conor Duffy, Chloe Gray and hard-punching 10-year-old Barney Joyce, while there was an impressive debut performance from Romanian Patrick Pop. Coach Kieran O'Neill enthused: 'Patrick's here in Ireland a few years, but he's two weeks in the game and I can't remember sending someone out so quickly [into the ring]. 'But he's a natural trainer and a natural boxer and he can miss punches by millimetres, and that's not something you can teach. If we can get him the bouts, you'll hear a lot more about him in the next few years.' Credit was heaped on John Moriarty for making sure that the travelling party arrived home safe and well after a difficult journey in the freezing conditions. O'Neill promised 18 top-class bouts on next Saturday's show in the Bracken Court, and it could mark the end of Shane Egan's career with Bracken - at least for now. 'Shane's in the army and he's put in for a transfer to Athlone. He is following his heart as his girlfriend is in Ballinasloe, and so this could be his last appearance in a Bracken vest in quite a while. 'He has given a marvellous contribution to boxing in Balbriggan. He got two gold medals in Denmark, had a marvellous win in Canada last year and was only beaten by two-points in the quarter-finals of the Irish Championships. 'We're sad to lose him, but there's not many 21-year-olds out there in a job and it's nice to see him happy.' It's hoped that Gerard Whitehouse, who travelled to Oughterard as part of the Bracken coaching team, will have recovered from a back injury in time to compete on next Saturday's card. The boxing gets under way at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at €10.