On the day Dublin played Waterford in the relegation final in Walsh Park in 2014, we still had four minutes before we had to leave the dressing room when I walked out the door. “I’ve enough said,” I told the players. “I’m going.” I high-tailed, banged the door and was gone.
All may have appeared to have changed utterly in Irish boxing, but the presence of veteran Darren O’Neill in tonight’s National Elite Championship finals is both a link to glories of the recent past as well as the possibility of a brighter future.
IT was history in the making — an historic day for boxing and for the whole Olympic movement as the first three gold medals in women’s boxing were decided. And a dream realised for Ireland’s Katie Taylor, the driving force to have the discipline added to the Olympic programme.
London's ExCel arena became a part of Ireland this afternoon as legions of supporters decked in green, white and gold packed into South Arena 2 before 4:45pm to watch the person who would ultimately become Ireland's latest Olympic Gold medallist - Bray heroine Katie Taylor.