Cillian boxes clever to land All-Ireland title
A NORTH Kerry teenager who has only been boxing for a year-and-a-half has claimed a coveted All-Ireland title at the Irish Amateur Boxing Association national finals.
Abbeydorney's Cillian Spillane took gold in the 50kg 'Boys 3' division at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, marking the perfect end to what was undoubtedly a hectic few days.
The 14-year-old, who boxes with Listowel's Trojan club, won his preliminary round on Wednesday last; then had to see off a second competitor at the semi-final stage of the competition on Friday, before taking on former All-Ireland finalist Neil Mathers from Belfast in Saturday's final.
The Causeway Comprehensive student, who won on a 3-0 scoreline, was suitably thrilled with his achievement, given it was his first time taking part in the national competition.
"He was over the moon, absolutely delighted with himself," his mother Maureen told The Kerryman.
"Because it was his first time taking part, his goal was a Munster title, so to go on and win an All-Ireland was just incredible."
And it's not just Cillian who likes to compete in the ring - his two sisters Aideen (16) and Caoimhe (12) are also keen boxers, with the latter hoping to repeat her brother's All-Ireland glory very soon, having claimed a Munster title only this week.