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White Collar Boxing event

The Community Centre in Cluskey Park, Dromiskin, was the place to be on Saturday 24 February 2024 as the eagerly awaited White Collar Boxing event, run by Dromiskin Tidy Towns and St Josephs GFC in association with Dun Dealgan Boxing Club, took place. Over 6oo people packed in to the superbly appointed hall and were entertained royally by 32 local, amateur boxers who gave their all during 16 exciting bouts. In the process these lads and lasses helped raise valuable funds to be spent on local community projects by both St. Joseph’s and DTT.

The six weeks of hard training really paid off and those present were suitably impressed by the boxing skills exhibited as well as admiring the bravery, determination and courage on display from all the participants. Creating a thrilling atmosphere were the dramatic ring entries by the boxers with rousing music of their choice and the enthusiastic roars and cheers of their fans raising the rafters. Ring girls added glamour to the occasion and “Martina”, in particular, was very popular with ringside punters!! To cap matters off, and perhaps most importantly, the fighters were very evenly matched, which resulted in nail biting contests, split decisions and occasional draws. 

Nimble footwork, jabs, hooks, uppercuts and body shots were the order of the day as the skills of the “noble art” were there for all to see. Many spectators commented on the quality of the ladies bouts where no quarter was given in all-action, dramatic showdowns.  Flyweights, middle weights and heavy weights each played their part to the delight of a rapt audience. Bout 16 - a Mochtas/Joes battle - was a fitting finale to a great night as two warriors slugged it out in a titanic battle deserving of the occasion. They left the ring with the crowd roaring its approval.

Boxfit’s Anto Donnelly was the MC for the night, ably assisted by his capable trainers, corner men, referee, medical staff and security. Three bars provided on the night meant that refreshments were not in short supply and well appointed seating meant that all present were afforded top class ring side views. The night was capped off, for those hardy souls not exhausted by the boxers’ efforts, by a disco in the upstairs bar. All in all a memorable occasion. 

A big thank you to all who helped make the night possible. The boxers we’ve mentioned already and who deserve enormous credit. To Tony and the team from St Joseph’s who made their excellent facilities available and with Dromiskin Tidy Towns volunteers helped steward the occasion and tidy up after. To Anto and the team from Dun Dealgan Boxing Club who ensured that this was a professional, well-oiled production. To main sponsors Country Fresh and Ardee Credit Union who once again were not found wanting when asked to support local organisations and their fundraising activities. To our ring sponsors Global Tyres and Breen Plant Hire and to all the boxer sponsors, fight sponsors and round sponsors – your generosity and support was very much appreciated. To those who provided raffle prizes, those who helped fill sponsorship cards and those who supported the raffle on the night – mile buíochas. To Zoma for their digital marketing expertise and Declan Costello who did Trojan work in promoting the event on social media platforms. To the hundreds of people locally and around the county who bought tickets packing the venue and creating a wonderful atmosphere. And finally to Ray Hoey – without Ray’s drive, enthusiasm and leadership this event would not have been possible. Thank you Ray.  

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