Clonmel Boxing Club won the prestigious John Mahon perpetual trophy for the best club in Munster, having won 13 provincial titles this season. The late John Mahon, after whom the trophy is named, was president of the Munster Council for many years and it was a great honour for the club to win this award, which was presented at the recent championships in Kilmallock.
The 13 Munster champions were Lee Kelly, Ferghal Defaoite, Andrew Connolly, Calvin Boland, Blaine O’ Brien, Daniel Burke, Karen Connolly, Nora Doyle, Kayleigh O’ Donnell, Tiegan Padden, Jamie Lonergan, Jack Doyle and Jack Connolly.
The Clonmel club also won the best club at the Tipperary/Waterford county championships and Clonmel boxer Lee Kelly won the best boxer trophy at the championships.
The All-Ireland schoolboy championships take place in Dublin next week and 6 of the Clonmel club’s schoolboy Munster champions will compete. They are Andrew Connolly, Lee Kelly, Calvin Boland, Ferghal Defaoite, Blaine O’ Brien and Daniel Burke.
This year members of the club successfully completed Judge and Referees courses, coaching courses, First Aid courses, child protection courses and child protection club officers courses. The club has 100-plus members in training, with over 150 people on the waiting list to join. The club’s aim is to build a purpose-built boxing gym to increase participation in the sport. The club is grateful to the South Tipperary Sports Partnership for providing the necessary courses.