YOUNG boxers with a string of successes to their names were the heroes of the hour in Listowel as the town honoured them in a civic reception.
Civic receptions are reserved for those who embody the right kind of spirit and that was certainly true of Listowel's Trojan Boxing Club - a group comprised of talented sportspeople with county, provincial, national and even a European medal to its name.
"They are really a wonderful example to everyone in town, training hard five nights a week up at their centre in Clieveragh where they have been based since 2011," Mayor of Listowel Jimmy Moloney said.
It was Mayor Moloney who first proposed the club be given the honour of the reception - something his colleagues on the chamber were only too happy to support.
"All ages and levels are catered for by Trojan, from under-10s to junior and senior, in men's and women's boxing, from beginners to the advanced. They provide young people with a great outlet for their energies and are generally helping to improve fitness in the town on the whole," the Mayor said.
The club's finest hour was won by now 18-year-old Niamh Ball when she took a silver medal at the European Junior and Youth Championships last year - a massive success for Irish boxing by any stretch and one that saw Listowel and her home place of Kilflynn celebrating joyously on her return.
"Niamh brought her silver medal along on the night as well as her boxing gloves and she received a special presentation with the second presentation going to the club itself. She's a great role model and a wonderful example of how important Trojan Boxing Club is to the town. Who knows, we might even see our own Olympic champion in Niamh down the road?" Mayor Moloney said.