There was a large attendance at Clonmel Boxing Club’s annual awards night held in the club on Halloween night. The club again had a great year with Jack Connolly, Shauna O’ Keeffe, Shannon Power and senior champion Con Sheehan retaining their Irish titles and representing Ireland at the World championships, which was a tremendous achievement. Although none of them came back with a medal they were all unlucky not to get on the podium.
Jack Connolly was beaten by one point by the reigning European champion from Russia, who went on to win the gold at the World Juniors held in Astana, Kazakhstan. Shauna O’Keeffe and Shannon Power travelled to Antalya, Turkey to compete in the Women’s World Junior championships and both performed with great distinction. Shauna was beaten by a Turkish opponent who was a senior international while Shannon was defeated by a Hungarian opponent who went on to win the gold medal.
Con Sheehan was beaten by World and Olympic champion Roberto Camerrelle from Italy after a great display at the Senior World Championships held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The club had a great year on the home front too, again retaining the cup for the best club at the Tipperary/Waterford county championships and nine boxers who won Munster titles competed at the national championships in Dublin. The boxers who won Munster titles are Stephen Sheehan, Ewan Hardcourt, Andrew Connolly, Kayleigh O’Donnell, Jack Connolly, Shannon Power, Shauna O’Keeffe, Jamie Lonergan and Shane McGrath. Those boxers who won awards on the night were best underage boxers Fergal de Faoite and Kenny Dillion, most improved Andrew Connolly, best female boxer Shauna O’ Keeffe and the best overall boxer award for the season went to Jamie Lonergan. Jamie picked up four best boxer awards at various tournaments around the country, including the Clonmel Park Hotel tournament, and his selection as best boxer was highly deserved.
The other awards went to Shane McGrath, who won the Jamie Lonergan perpetual shield for best boxer at Clonmel Boxing Club’s annual tournament; and Lee Kelly, who won the T.J. Redmond Memorial cup for best boxer at the annual T.J. Redmond tournament. Six-times Irish champion and senior international Kevin Fennessy presented the prizes.