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Kieran Strikes Gold

     Ireland's only top of the podium finish in Russia at the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial led to a top of a podium position at the St Patrick’s Day celebrations for Galway’s Kieran Molloy and the Oughterard BC yesterday. Kieran was in devastating form in Russia on his way to gold as he despatched two Russians and a Cuban on route, that was certainely the way to show that you can mix it with the best in the world.




Left: Kieran with clubmates at parade in Oughterard

3rd Level Boxing Championships Results

    Oisin Fahy Tobar Pheadar and Colm Molloy Oughterard locked horns in the senior semi - final at the third level boxing championships which were held at the National Stadium, Dublin.The more experienced Molloy was second best to Fahy on this occasion, Fahy who is representing Mary Immaculate College in Limerick will now meet the Mark McCole LYIT who defeated Jake McNally Loughre in the other semi - final. Ryan Dervan Loughrea who represented NUIG in the senior middleweight semi - final lost a close decision to the Irish ranked no 2 Conor Wallace SRC, after an even enouh first two rounds Dervan finished strongly to take the round on the judges card but not enough to get the decision.

3rd Level Boxing Championships

    Galway boxers are to meet in the senior semi - final of the welter weight competition at the 3rd level boxing championships which are being held in the National Stadium over the coming weekends. Colm Molloy Oughterard and Oisin Fahy Tobar Pheadar will face one another in an eagerly awaited contest. Colm is representing the GMIT while Oisin is flying the flag for Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, interested observers will be the president of the Galway boxing board Stephen Molly and long serving secretary James Fahy.

James Cleary in Hannover Germany


James Cleary Olympic BC last Saturday night in Hannover Germany making his debut in the Bundesliga tournament. James beat Victor Galos Hungary 3-0 Unanimous and also dropping Galos in Round 2 with a left uppercut to the body. Himself and his Team Ireland team mates George Bates and Adam Nolan were representing BSK Hannover Sizsse and Ireland last Saturday.

Upcoming Championships

Please take note of the changes for Galway championships on Saturday next.

Saturday 27th feb    Boy 4 youth 1 and youth 2 / Girls 11 to under 18

Weight in and medical 9am to 10am / First bout 11 30am

Sunday 28th feb         First bout 10am

Please note  finals carried forward from last week end will take place on Saturday 27th feb. 

Saturday 20th Feb

Galway Boy 1, 2 , 3 and U18


weigh in / medical 9am to 11am, first bout 2pm

Sunday 21st Feb Galway Boy 1, 2 , 3 and U18 Westside First bout 10am
Saturday 27th Feb Galway Boy 4 youth 1 and 2
Galway Girls 11 to under18
Westside Weigh in and medical 9am to 10am
First bout 11.30am
Sunday 28th Feb Galway Boy 4 youth 1 and 2
Galway Girls 11 to under18
Westside First bout 10am 
Sat 5th March Connachts Boy 1, 2, 3 and under18 Castlerea weigh in 9.30am to 10.30am First bout 12noon
Sunday 6th March Connacht Boy 1, 2, 3 and under 18 Castlerea First bout 12noon
Sat 12th March Connacht Boy 1, 2, 3 and under18 Foxford First bout 12noon
Sun 13th March Connacht Boy 1,2 ,3 and under18 Foxford First bout 12 noon
Sun 20th March Connacht Boy 4 youth1 and youth 2
Girls 11 to under 18
Castlerea Weigh in 9.30am to 10.30am
First bout 12noon
Sat 26th March Boy 4 youth 1 and youth 2
Girls 11 to under 18
Castlerea First bout 12 noon
Sun 27th March Boy 4 youth 1 and youth 2
Girls 11 to 18
Castlerea First bout 12 noon

Galway Sports Partnership Programme Funding 2016

Galway Sports Partnership wish to announce the launch of their programme funding for 2016.
This funding is intended to help clubs, organisations and communities to deliver programmes or projects of physical activities to persons who do not normally take part. Increasing participation in physical activity is the underpinning principle of this funding and the cooperation of clubs, groups and communities is vital to the successful delivery of this principle. 
When applying for funding under this funding scheme applicants should be able to demonstrate how the programme will target persons/groups in their communities who do not presently participate in any form of physical activity. 
Applicants should be able to show that they have a good level of match funding. This can be in the form of cash or benefit in kind. All programmes that receive funding under this scheme must be completed by the 1st December 2016.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm Friday the 5th February 2016.

Galway Sports Partnership have organised information sessions on this funding as follows;

Monday the 18thJanuary 2016 at 7.30pm in Menlo Park hotel, Galway.
Wednesday the 20th January 2016 at 7.30pm in Gullanes hotel, Ballinasloe
Wednesday the 20th January 2016 at 7.30pm in Clifden Town Hall, Clifden. 

For further information on this funding programme please contact Galway Sports Partnership, Galway County Council, County Hall, Prospect Hill ,Galway, : Michael Curley  at (091)  509577 or Jason Craughwell  at (091)  536459 or email galwayactive@galwaycoco.ie

National Intermediate Championships

Galway clubs had two representatives in the finals of National Intermediate championships, James Cleary Olympic looking to add to his list of national titles and Ciaran O'Griofa Celtic Eagles looking to go one better than last year.

In the 64kg Final James beat Karl Kelly (St Margarets) on a 3-0 decision to claim his 9th national title. In the semi final James beat the tall and very experienced Jamie Long (Sunnyside) on a 3-0 decision of the judges while in the quarter final he had another 3-0 victory over Adam Curley (St Colmans). Another great night for the Olympic club.

In the 91kg final Ciaran O Griofa Celtic Eagles had again to settle for the runner up spot, losing out to Stephen Lawrence (Holy Family). After recieving a walkover in the semifinal Ciaran looked like this was going to be his year but was unable to get the victory in the final. He had two good wins to reach the semi final beating clubmate Thomas Conroy (Celtic Eagles) 3-0 and Michael Cummings (Carrickmore) 3-0.

Other Galway boxers to take part in the championships were Keith Flaherty Conamara, Jake McNally Loughrea and Patrick McDonagh (Lumpini).

Gold for Frankie

Francis Cleary claimed gold at the Brandenburg Youth Cup in Frankfurt/Oder in Germany and also scooped the Best Technical Boxer Award. He had three bouts in three day beating Bradley Strand England 3-0 at the quarter final stage (Strand beat Frankie 2-1 back in June in the Haringey Box Cup Final), he went on to beat a Russian opponent in the semi-finals. In the final another RussianVladimir Strygin stood in Frankie's way of gold, he won a unanimous decision to finish on top of the bantamweight podium.

“Francis beat a very good Russia southpaw in today’s final, a tough lad. Francis got better as the tournament went on, his movement especially. That’s why he got the Best Technical Boxer Award. An excellent performance today and throughout the tournament, said Irish coach Jimmy Halpin.

A great win for Frankie at this very prestigous tournament, he also had the honour of Team Ireland Captain.