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Pat The Baker are delight to be associated with Cavan Amateur Boxing Club. With trainer Brian McKeown straight out of Rocky and seventeen year old Ceire Smith taking on the world, this small club is full of the stuff of dreams.

Letter From Trainer Brian McKeown:

Cavan boxing club was formed in 1982 with Charlie Donoghue,Cavan Sports complex manager,Ron Tidy,Cavan Industrial Cleaners, Teddy McCormack,then physio with the Cavan G.A.A. and Brian Mckeown in the original committee. Eddie Madden,a P.T.O. in the Irish army based in Monaghan town as coach.

Business and family committments seen the original committee drift away leaving myself as the only founder member stll involved. I completed my coaching course right up to international level after taking over as coach in 1983.

The club has enjoyed unprecedented success and has produced champions at every level from schoolboy to Senior open class with many going on to represent Ireland in International competition.

Cavan boxers have competed at every major international competition including Olympic Games, 5 World championships, 4 European championships, 4 E.U. championships, European youth and schoolboy championships, World junior U.19 championships and gold medal winning performances at numerious Multi Nations Tournments.

Our first champions were Martin McDonagh and Johnny Mitchell in 84 and we have had champions et National level every year since.

Some of our outstanding boxers have included Andy Murray current E.U.champion and dual Irish title holder as a professional, John Joe Nevin,World bronze medalist and Bejing Olympian, Johnny Mitchell and David Conlon,World Police and Firefighters champions, Caroline Reilly and Joe Nevin, Ringside World club champions, Pat Cosgrove, first ever Irish senior champion from Cavan as well as Michelle Brady, Yvonne Courtney, Aoibhean Bartley,female intermediate champions and David Nevin, Ulster and 4 nations champion and Irish Senior finalist.

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Pat the Baker has sponsored Cavan Boxing Club, and Oliver Durkin of ‘Pat the Baker’is photographed here with the latest crop of young Lady Boxers when he called to present the sponsorship cheque last Wednesday evening. Left to right: Olivia Samsonow; Brian McKeown, coach; Andrew Murray, Champion Boxer; Céire Smith accepting the cheque from Oliver Durkin of ‘Pat the Baker'; Gemma Lee and Daria Lach [Photo: Bran Mulligan]


The latest success story is that of 17 year old Ceire Smith from Ballyhaise currently representing Ireland at the World Senior championships in Barbados.Ceire is a leaving cert pupil at Breffni College and earned her surprise callup to the Irish Elite team with a surprise win over Irelands top flyweight Debbie Rodgers in the box off. One of the youngest boxers ever to represent Ireland at senior World level Ceire travels more in hope than expectation but will certainly return a much better fighter and a realistic hope for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Ceire has enjoyed a terrific 12 months which has seen her win Ulster and Irish titles at U.18,U.21,Intermediate and Senior level,Reach the final of the Ringside World championships in the U.S.A. before achieving her dream of representing Ireland at the premiier world event for female boxers. She will be areal medal prospect for the future and will certianly benefit from her international competition and participation with the High Performance Unit over the next few years.

Cavan boxing club are proud to be involved with Pat the Baker and we are very much appreciative of their support and sponsorship over the coming year.

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