A Swatragh teenager is once again the toast of the local sporting scene after winning a fifth Irish title in Dublin’s National Stadium.

Eoghan Quinn from St. John’s boxing club in Swatragh was victorious in the 60 kg category by beating Cork’s Steven Cairns in the final last weekend.

Eoghan, a pupil at St Patrick's Maghera, boxed Tomas McCann from St. Paul’s boxing club in Belfast in the semi-final the previous week to set him up for a showdown against Cairns, who himself holds seven Irish titles.

The smarter boxing came from Eoghan with his superior footwork and timing making the strong Cairns miss many times.

“The club are so proud of the way Eoghan carried himself and it makes all the nights working hard in the club worthwhile,” commented a club spokesperson.

Quinn won his first title (42kg) back in 2015.  The following year he was Irish champion at 46kg and also won the Irish Cadets (44.5kg).

“The club is buzzing at the minute with great coaches and boxers which brings out the best in me,” Eoghan Quinn

He won his fourth title in 2018 at 50kg, after losing in the final 12 months previous.

Eoghan, aged 17, plans to enter the Irish U18s in July and will travel to Hull on Friday, June 20 as captain of a strong Derry youth team to compete in the Hull Box Cup.

“The club is buzzing at the minute with great coaches and boxers which brings out the best in me,” Eoghan stated.  “The hard work pays off.”

The club were also represented in the All-Ireland series but Peter Convery, Thomas Brolly and Ben Cooke all bowed out at the semi-finals.

Also at the weekend, Joseph Burke of Dungiven based St Canice’s ABC was in final action.

Unfortunately he had to settle for a silver medal after boxing out of his skin, as commented on the club’s Facebook page, but lost out to four time champion Matthew Tindle.

“Number two in Ireland is not a bad way to end the season," commented a club statement.  "“We’ll take a well-deserved break for a few weeks.  A big thank you for everyone’s support, all who wished Joseph the best in his first Irish final and last but not least Sean Donaghy and my father Vincent Hargan for giving up all their time and dedication towards Joseph reaching the final.”

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