Back to full business tonight

Lots of early interest in membership so please ensure you are there to avoid dissappointment.

7-10 Years Tuesdays & Thursdays 7pm – 8pm
11 years upwards Tuesdays & Thursdays 8pm – 9pm

Some important dates for all those competing this year, not to mention a full list of Tournaments around Mayo each weekend

Saturday 28th September Connacht Un 22/Inter/Snr/No…vice Male/Female in Westport

Sunday 29th September Connacht Un 22/Inter/Snr/Novice Male/Female in Westport

Oct 11th, 12th, 13th National Under 22 Championships, National Stadium Dublin

Oct 18th, 19th & 25th National Under 22 Championships, National Stadium Dublin

Sunday 3rd November Swinford Tournament @ the Conway Gym & Fitness Centre

Nov 8th 9th 10th National Intermediate Championships, National Stadium Dublin

Nov 15th, 16th National Intermediate Championships, National Stadium

Nov 22nd 23rd National Intermediate Championships, National Stadium

Saturday 23rd November Mayo School Championships @ the Conway Gym & Fitness Centre Swinford

Sunday 24th November Mayo School Championships @ the Conway Gym & Fitness Centre Swinford

Nov 29th National Intermediate Championships, National Stadium

Saturday 30th November Mayo School Championship Semi’s Kiltane Sports Complex, Bangor Erris.

Sunday 1st December Mayo School Championship Finals Kiltane Sports Complex, Bangor Erris.

Saturday 7th December Mayo Novice Championship & Underage Championships @ the Conway Gym & Fitness Centre Swinford

Sunday 8th December Mayo Novice Championship & Underage Championships @ the Conway Gym & Fitness Centre Swinford

Jan 10th 11th 12th Open Youth Competition (1996 & 1997) National Stadium Dublin

Jan 17th 18th Open Youth Competition National Stadium Dublin

Jan 24th Finals Open Youth Competition National Stadium Dublin

Friday 24th January Swinford Tournament @ the Conway Gym & Fitness Centre Swinford

Feb 14th, 15th National Elite Championships, National Stadium Dublin

Sunday 16th February Mayo Boys/Girls/Yth/Jnr/Un21/Int/Snr Championships Westport

Feb 21st, 22nd National Elite Championships, National Stadium Dublin

Saturday 22nd February Mayo Boys/Girls/Yth/Jnr/Un21/Int/Snr Championships Killala Community Centre

Sunday 23rd February Mayo Boys/Girls/Yth/Jnr/Un21/Int/Snr Championships Killala Community Centre

Feb 28th National Elite Championships, National Stadium Dublin

Mar 7th, 8th , 9th Boy 4 Youth 1 & 2 Championships, National Stadium Dublin

Saturday 8th March Connacht Boy 4/Yth1/Yth2 Championship Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre

Sunday 9th March Connacht Boy 4/Yth1/Yth2 Championship Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre

Mar 14th, 15th Boy 4 Youth 1 & 2 Championships, National Stadium Dublin

Saturday 22nd March Connacht Boy 1/2/3 & Un 18 Championship Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre

Sunday 23rd March Connacht Boy 1/2/3 & Un 18 Championship Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre

Saturday 29th March Connacht Boy 1/2/3 & Un 18 Championship Semi’s Oughterard

Sunday 30th March Connacht Boy 1/2/3 & Un 18 Championship Finals Oughterard

Apr 22nd – 26th National Boy 1, 2 & 3 Championships, National Stadium Dublin

May 9th, 10th 11th National Girl 1-6 Championships, National Stadium Dublin

May 16th, 17th National Girl 1-6 Championships, National Stadium Dublin

May 23rd, 24th , 25th National Under 18 Championships, National Stadium Dublin

May 30th, 31st National Under 18 Championships, National Stadium DublinSee More

2013/14 Boxing Season

Great news for everyone who has been eagerly awaiting the new season – Swinford Boxing Club will commence training for the 2013/14 season next Tuesday, Sept 17th.

Please note the changes to training times and days for the remainder of 2013.

7-10 Years Tuesdays & Thursdays 7pm – 8pm
11 years upwards Tuesdays & Thursdays 8pm – 9pm

Friday sessions will be added in 2014 in preparation for the Championships.

There has been a huge amount of interest in membership for the 2013/14 season, please note that membership is limited and priority will be given to current members wishing to renew, before considering new applications.

A €5 per person / €10 per family, membership few will come into effect this season. Sessions thereafter will remain @ €2.50 per night.

This season has the potential to be one of the most successful in club history based on the talent in the club at the moment, so looking forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday, and to meeting new members of the team.

Mary Thompson Breen RIP

On Thursday morning last we laid our friend Mary Thompson Breen to rest. Mary’s untimely departure is yet another reminder to us all of how precious life is.

Mary along with Gus was a longtime supporter of Swinford Boxing Club, for which we were extremely grateful. We will always appreciate Mary’s generosity towards the club and the fact that she and Gus saw fit to encourage their children to be part of our club.

Our support as always is with Gus, Darren, Diarmuid, Saoirse, Aidan and Aoife, and our thoughts with all of her family.

Thank you Mary, may you rest in peace.

A Night to Remember!

Anyone lucky enough to have a ticket for last evening’s Vegas White Collar Boxing Event, enjoyed one of the best nights of entertainment Swinford has experienced in recent times. The capacity crowd which had began to gather from around 8pm, could hardly have expected the scenes normally akin to to big match days in Croke Park. The scramble for tickets had begun earlier in the day, and large crowds queued outside the Conway Gym & Fitness Centre in the hope of securing a ticket. Anyone who did manage to get one, was not disappointed!

One could feel the anticipation outside, and goosebumps were the order of the day as a result of the electricity from inside the arena. The event lighting and the Rocky soundtrack only added to what was already a fantastic atmosphere. Conversations were dominated by what might be for the brave 18 souls about to enter into battle, with predictions and pre fight analysis Sky Sports style. Some had gone to a great deal of effort with banners lining the walls and specially drafted songs and chants. The atmosphere continued to build to boiling point until at exactly 10pm, those famous words rang out accross the arena “Let’s get ready to Rumble…” and the Ring lit up in fantastic white light.

You could hardly hear yourself think, as from out of the smoke and to the sound of “Waiting all Night” By Rudimental, emerged Liam “The Killasser Kick Ass” McSharry, followed shortly to the sound of “Million Voices” From Otto Knows, by “Dynamite” Derek Ryan. The crowd erupted as the announcer welcomed both fighters to the ring, and after some words of wisdom from referee Pat “The Enforcer” Kirby, the action was underway. In a youth versus experience match up Ryan came on strong pushing forward at every opportunity. McSharry had the legs to stay out of trouble though, and this battle became a game of cat and mouse right to the finishing bell. A cracking opener to the night!

Next into battle to the sounds of “I Love It” By Icona Pop, was the “Connemara Warrior” Ellen McDonagh and her opponent “The Royal Bombshell” Karen Murphy, who entered with “Wake me up” By Avicii enetrtaining the crowd. Both ladies obviously enjoyed the walk to the ring and both knew how to work the crowd. The action was just as good with both displaying the skills they had mastered. Credit to both ladies as injury to McDonagh has forced her out of training for periods during the build up, and to Murphy for taking the contest at short notice. A very tidy contest which would have graced any ring.

The crowd were in a frenzy by the time Martin “The Mutt Man” Maloney appeared from the fog to Pantera’s “here you come from”. A man familiar with the limelight Maloney knew how to work the crowd as did his opponent Barry Durkin, who had possible the largest contingent of suppoprt on the night, with chants of “Goose” ringing out as he made his way to the ring. Unfortunately this one as short lived as Durkin sustained a cut in round two which forced an early end. It was dissapointing considering round one had the attributes of an amateur contest one might see on the regular circuit, and something tells me we may not have seen the last of these two men in the ring.

Contest four saw the meeting of Emma “The Wicked Witch of the West” Moran with “Can’t Touch Me” by MC Hammer as her entrance song, and Karen “The Assassin” Geraghty, with Guns and Roses welcoming everyone to the jungle. A quiet entrance from both ladies was a good indicator that both meant business, and they didn’t dissapoint. From the opening bell, this one was all action! Neither lady was willing to give way and when two fighters take that attitude you’re gonna have a battle in the middle of the ring. In one of the heavy hitting bouts of the night, both ladies showed that their right hands as well as their chins, were up to the job!

If the previous was heavy hitting then the next was heavier, with “C Low” Clio Hoare and Paul “The Living Legend” Lavin doing battle. Early in round one Hoare landed a haymaker from which Lavin showed great heart to recover, but recover he did to land a couple of big ones of his own. Hoare was elusive with footwork which could see him signed up for riverdance in the coming weeks. At times Lavin was struggling to pin him down, but when he did both traded heavy shots to the body and to the head. This was one contest which left the crowd talking afterwards, and another where we might just see these men in the ring again in the not too distant future.

In perhaps the most techical contest of the evening Nadine “The Pocket Rocket” O’Hara with her theme tune “Shipping off to Boston” by Drop Kick Murphy’s met Cathy “Twinkle Toes” Geraghty. Both ladies seemed to enjoy their entrances, with plenty of fist pumping and high fives along the way. They say if you’re going to make a big entrance then you need to back it up, well back it up they did. Many of those involved in amateur boxing who attended on the night said that quite honestly this contest could have been put on any tournament in the county this year. Two ladies with perhaps a future on the regular circuit if they can be convinced.

The next bout was one that the crowd had been waiting for. A battle royale between “Catch of the Day” Mick Salmon, who brought the house down with his “Always look on the Bright Side of Life”, by Monty Python entrance and Mick “The Masher” Moran. To say that they both milked their entrances would be an understatement, these two lads had come to put on a show, and that they did. Having never missed a training session both men were in good shape and well able for a steady pace throughout. Moran starting well landing lefts and rights and Salmon finishing each round landing god shots. Two men never anything but entertaining, served up one of the night’s most entertaining bouts.

In one of the most anticipated clashes of the night Swinford and Dublin’s Linda “The Lucan Lunatic” Hannon and Meelick and Kildare’s Karen “The Lillywhite Warrior” Clynch, went head to head. Trash talking before the match up changed to challenging gestures inside the ring. The two ladies brought large contingents of support with many fans making the journey from Lucan and Kilcock as well as Limerick and Cork, and these two ladies didn’t disappoint. Non stop action from beginning to end. No one willing to give and inch and some of the heaviest punching of the evening. Both ladies can be proud of what they achieved through the process as well as in training, and are living proof that everthing is achievable with a bit of heart.

In the final bout of the evening two Swinford BC legends made their long awaited comebacks. Former Golden Gloves Champion “El Diablo” Antonio Diaz met former Irish Champion Darragh “Spudz” Campbell in a unification battle. Once again these two whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and in one of the finest atmospheres ever experienced in Swinford boxing history served up a bout which would grace any stage. “They never lost it” commented one spectator as both landed big right hands. No place for glass chins here, as both these men had lead in their gloves. A great way to finish the night, and proof if it was needed that if either wished to make a full comeback to the sport, they would be more than able.

As a grand finale, each and every competitor made their way through the crowd and back to the ring where Pat Kirby on behalf of the organisers had this to say. “We are extremely proud of and grateful to, every one of these people, they have given of their time and effort to do something brave and praiseworthy for the young people of our community”. “In the process everyone has benefited – some have gotten fit, some have lost weight and everyone has gotten healthier, but what we have all have gotten in the process, is new friends and we’ve had a great time doing it”

Indeed not one of these eighteen warriors had to do this, but when it came down to it, they felt it important that the young boxers of Swinford had the facilities they deserve, and for that the club will always be grateful. We know too well the courage it takes to enter the four cornered ring, and this crew have courage on tap!

Thanks to all who took part – Liam McSharry, Derek Ryan, Ellen McDonagh, Karen Murphy, Martin Maloney, Barry Durkan, Emma Moran, Karen Geraghty, Clio Hoare, Paul Lavin, Nadine O’Hara, Cathy Geraghty, Michael Salmon, Michael Moran, Linda Hannon, Karen Clynch, Antonio Diaz, Darragh Campbell, Jade O Hara and Mick McSharry… it was a blast!

Thanks to all who helped out on the night, the reliable few as always, you will see the rewards again.

Thanks to all our sponsors, there were many and everyone will be seeing their names on our website and facebook for the coming months. Remember there is no obligation on these people to hand over their money, and yet they do in support of our cause, so support them where you can.

Thanks to everyone who bought a line or lines in support of the boxers. Every penny you donated will be spent for the good of our kids in Swinford Boxing Club. We know that the club exists through the goodwill of our community, so we appreciate your support.

Finally thanks to the massive crowd who attended and supported so enthusiastically. Along with your boxers you made the night one to remember for many years to come…


Vegas White Collar Boxing – This Friday

The Vegas White Collar Event in aid of the Club, takes place this Friday evening in the Conway Gym. Doors Open @ 9pm.

NOTE: This is an OVER 16’s event and admission is strictly by TICKET ONLY. All those wishing to attend must purchase a ticket from participants or pre-book by email to

A great nights entertainment assured.

White Collar Tickets

Not too many tickets remaining for next Friday’s white collar event. Anyone who wants to ensure they have a ticket for Friday should email their name and how many tickets they wish to reserve to

The Big Night beckons…




Conway Gym & Fitness Centre

Aug 2nd 2013 @ 9pm


Tickets available @ €10 from participants

Full bar on the evening








Only two weeks of training remain, until the brave souls of the White Collar fundraiser take to the ring! Team manager Mick “Knees” McSharry reports that training has reached a new level of intensity, and everyone is primed and ready for action.

Preliminary match ups were made this week ahead of the 2nd of August clash.
















Nadine “The Pocket Rocket” O’Hara from the People’s Republic of Foxford will take on Kathy “Twinkle Toes” Geraghty, the Fighting pride of Meelick. Speaking earlier O’Hara commented that she has no fears about the contest, “I have seen Kathy shadow boxing, and the shadow wins most of the time”! In response a time later, Geraghty sent out this message ” if Nadine has dreams of taking me, she’d better wake up and then apologise!” Footwork may be the key to this match up, with both boxers making “ballerina” style shapes. With the fast hands and fast feet, don’t blink or you might just miss the action! 




In an Irish title unification fight, former Irish amateur title holder Barry “The Goose” Durkan, takes on Martin “The Mutt Man” Maloney, aka Donnie “the Dunesman” Lynch, with Maloney putting his “Emerald Isle title” on the line. Durkan has gone on the record as saying about Maloney, “he has everything a boxer needs except speed, stamina, a punch, and ability to take punishment. In other words, he owns a pair of shorts”. Durkan also gave an insight about his own ambitions, “since I’ve retired, I eat less, weigh less, train less and care less”. Maloney in response to these comments was keeping his cards close to his chest saying, ” let him have his say before the fight, cause once the bell rings he’s gonna be disappointed. Will Maloney be “King of the Town”, one sure thing – on August 2nd there’ll be no shouting “cut”.


In a Killasser versus Barnacouge match up, and out to live up to the names both have made for themselves in the past few weeks, Emma “The wicked Witch of the West” Moran meets Karen “The Assassin” Geraghty. Moran has said “never go down the pub with Karen, she wont even get a round in” and, ” Punch is gonna be her new favorite drink”. Geraghty was quick to respond saying, ” I’m gonna rock her so hard, her ancestors will feel it!”. This will be a battle Royale and will be worth the entrance fee alone!



Midfield fighter Paul “The Legend” Lavin will be in with “Cruncher” Clio Hoare, the fighting pride of Foxford, in the clash of the big hitters. Expect fireworks in this one folks, as these two go to battle. When asked what of Hoare’s strength Lavin said “I have seen him lifting the bar and it’s quite impressive….but it’s time he started to put some weights on the end. Hoare when interviewed laughed this off saying” if I had a garage and had to do an estimate on his face after this fight, I would probably write it off.” Two men showing much promise, both could have careers in the sport, only one will leave undefeated on Aug 2nd.






In a town versus country match up the meeting of Swinford’s Linda “The Lucan Lunatic” Hannon and Meelick’s Karen “The Lillywhite Warrior” Clynch promises fireworks. These two have been trash talking since before the match was even made. Hannon who reckons her best three punches are her choke hold, rabbit punch and the kidney blow has told Clynch that she is all chin from the waist up and that a stoppage is on the cards. Clynch however when interviewed could only see the bout going one way, “that’s my way”. Clynch may struggle with the thin air at higher altitude than Hannon, but the reach advantage of 2.2 miles may also be a factor to consider.




“Lethal” Leisa Maloney meets the “Connemara Warrior” Ellen McDonagh in an anticipated bout. Injury has hampered McDonagh’s preparations, Luke Campbell, British Olympic champion, has hampered Maloney’s. Both ladies come to the ring with minimum sparring and this contest could go anyway. This hasn’t dispelled the confidence however with both ladies talking the talk. McDonaghcommented earlier that Maloney was making a sequel to the “Gone in 60 seconds”. It’s called “Gone in 10 seconds”, to which Maloney has responded that like Michael Jackson McDonagh wears gloves for no reason. Gonna be a cracker!




Up and coming star Liam “Killasser Kick ass” McSharry meets the rugged “Dynamite” Derek Ryan, formerly from the banks of the river Moy now residing in Kinaffe. In a youth versus experience match up Ryan reckons that he is in great shape. “Every artery in my body is hard” and has said that “this fight will be fixed….fixed with my right hand”. McSharry however reacted accordingly when interviewed saying, ” it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep coming back for more.” McSharry is rumoured to be already signed up by local promoters for next years boxing season, Ryan will be looking to ensure that when starting out, he has a blemish on his record. 



In one of the most anticipated clashes since boxing began in 688 BC, Mick “Catch of the Day” Salmon meets Mick “Masher” Moran. Masher has said ” I was six-foot four inches when I started boxing, but with all the upper cuts I’m up to six-foot six inches”. Salmon with a style of boxing that can only be described as “dangerous”,….. to his opponent and to himself, has gone on record as having said, “I fear no man…… but the dentist!” The tough training regime hasn’t bothered Salmon, “You run for 45 minutes, you train for an hour, and the rest of the time you just hang out and talk tough”. The height difference doesn’t seem to be having an impact either. Moran commented – “I know he is there somewhere, because he keeps hitting me”. Guaranteed action all the way in this one!


Negotiations are still ongoing in a bid to coerce former Irish Heavyweight Champion, Darragh “Spudz” Campbell out of retirement. A Mexican opponent is rumoured to be flying in this week for negotiations, and Spudz is said to be tempted.


On the more serious side of things, you can’t but admire the preparations these volunteers have made, and the time and effort they have given in aid of a local club. Swinford Boxing Club appreciates the bravery and generosity of every one of them, and the organisation which many of our supporters have put into the evening. 

Tickets are flying out the door and unfortunately numbers are limited, so get yours now from members of the club. Come Friday August second, when the lights come up, no doubt about it – This will be some craic!




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