St. Pat’s Boxers back in Business

June 13, 2016

Last weekend saw the St. Pat’s TOW Boxing Club return to competitive boxing. Though all the championships are finished in Ulster for the club, two of the St. Pat’s boxers, Daithí Conway and Jack Conway, were selected as part of the Ulster Squad to travel to England to participate in the Bristol Box Cup against teams from England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland. This is great recognition for the boys themselves, for the coaches Seán and Hugh Óg Conway and for the St. Pat’s Boxing Club, which is only in its second year.

Back on home soil, the club’s most successful boxer, Tiarnan Conway, was also competing. He was competing in the National Cadets Championship in the National Stadium. This is a prestigious competition, with the winners going to Croatia for the European Cadets Championships.

First into action were the Ulster representatives Daithí and Jack Conway in Bristol. Daithí was first up and he comfortably won his semi­final fight to make it through to the final. In the final, despite fighting a really good match which all Irish coaches thought he won comfortably, the decision unfortunately went against Daithí, with him losing the split decision. Jack was next up, and although boxing very well, he came up against an opponent who was slightly better and he lost his semi­final fight. The two boys really enjoyed this trip to Bristol to represent the province and are looking forward to going one better next time.

Meanwhile, back on in the National Stadium in Dublin, Tiarnan showed great skill and composure and won his preliminary round to make it through to the quarter final. Tiarnan had a very hard fought fight in his quarterfinal, against a boxer from the Smithfield Boxing Club in Dublin, which went down to the wire with Tiarnan unfortunately losing in a split decision. The National Cadets competition is at an extremely high standard and Tiarnan had to work hard to make it into the competition and through to his quarter final and so it is a great achievement for this young boxer.

"Tiarnan Conway, St. Pat’s TOW Boxing Club, who fought in the National Cadets Championships in the National Stadium in Dublin".

The St. Pat’s boxers continue their training, with their eyes on the Monkstown International Cup, which takes place next month. This Championship has grown exponentially in the last few years and has entries from over 150 Clubs from 10 Countries, including Ireland, England, USA & Germany and so will be a great experience for the young boxers.

For more information about the St. Pat’s TOW Boxing & Rowing Club check their page on Facebook or email

"Daithí & Jack Conway, of St. Pat’s TOW Boxing Club at Belfast Airport on their way to Bristol to represent Ulster in the Bristol Box Cup".