Boxing: A year of Irish success celebrated at the IABA Annual Awards Dinner in Dublin

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Updated: December 16, 2013

Jason Quigley, Ciara Ginty and Willie Donoghue scooped the Outstanding Achievements Awards at the IABA Annual Awards at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin.

 

The Donegal, Mayo and Kildare trio reached AIBA World Elite and Junior finals in 2013.

 

World No.2 ranked middleweight Quigley became the first Irish male boxer to reach an AIBA Elite final and Ginty and Donoghue followed in the footsteps of Joe Ward, who claimed World Junior gold in 2009.

 

The European Union Women’s Elite, Youth and Junior Championships gold medal winners – including Katie Taylor, who claimed five in-a-row, – were also honoured.

 

Stephen Kirk, a bronze medal winner at the 1997 World Elite Championships in Budapest and a three-time Irish Elite champion, was inducted into the IABA Hall of Fame, along with  Noel Kehoe, one of the great servants of Irish boxing.

 

 

The Ryston BC in Kildare were celebrating on the double after scooping the Best Club and Coaching Award.

 

IABA President Tommy Murphy hailed another outstanding year at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel.

 

He said: “Our boxers have once again done their country proud in international competition.

 

“They have won medals in every World and European tournament they have competed in and in five of those tournaments they have won the best boxer awards.

 

“That is a fantastic statistic by any standard and everyone concerned deserves enormous praise, particularly the clubs and coaches and staff that have dedicated so much time and effort.

 

“Tonight we are celebrating another outstanding year for our sport. Our boxers are a consistent source of pride to the Irish Amateur Boxing Association.”

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