EU Championships: Gold, silver and bronze for Ireland's female boxers
THE young squad of female boxers following in the footsteps of the Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor have proved they are a force to be reckoned with.
The squad - sporting a veritable warchest of five gold, three silver and seven bronze medals - were left in little doubt of the delight and excitement of the hundreds of family, friends and neighbours gathered to see the silverware.
Arriving home at Dublin Airport, Jacqui Lynch (15) said it was a special moment for Irish womens boxing.
"I'm now dreaming of the Olympics in Rio," she said.
Michelle Lynch - the sister of gold medal winning Lynch from the Golden Gloves club in Belmullet, Co Mayo - said the family had an agonising wait beside the phone to learn if she had won as they could not watch it online or on television.
Her coach, Martin McIntyre, said they were "always hoping" and "quietly confident" the seven-national title holder would win.
"It was an unanimous decision she had won. Irish womens boxing is thriving."
"There will be a big party in Belmullet tomorrow night," Michelle said.
"Katie Taylor is a big idol to them all."
Katie Taylor had shown them how it was done as she claimed her fifth successive title and also landed the Boxer of the Tournament award.
The Bray woman was taking part in her first tournament since the London Olympics and it was clear she was eager to be back in action.
Gold medals were won by Kristina O'Hara, Jacqui Lynch, Grainne Gavin and Amy Broadhurst in the Youth and Junior finals. Ciary Sheedy, Niamh Ball and Lianne McAree-Murphy took silver medals after losing their final boxing bouts.
Five of the medals were claimed by boxers from Co Mayo.