County Limerick boxers bring home the gold

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

A YOUNG West Limerick boxer, Cormac Long is fast building up a formidable reputation for himself and for the Rathkeale Boxing Club.

A YOUNG West Limerick boxer, Cormac Long is fast building up a formidable reputation for himself and for the Rathkeale Boxing Club.

Now, Cormac has broken the club record yet again by bringing home his fourth gold medal in a row.

“This is yet another first for us,” a delighted Gavin Healy said pointing out that last year, Cormac also made club history by achieving three- gold-in-a-row at national level.

Gavin, who is one of the club’s coaches traveled with Cormac to the National Stadium in Dublin for the Irish Amateur Boxing Association National Championships where Cormac broke his own record and clinched his championship title in the very first round.

“Cormac is big and very athletic,” Gavin said. “He had it won before the bell went really but he stopped his opponent in the very first round. That was very satisfying.”

Cormac was boxing in the category of Boy 4 80kg. Now 14, he is the son of Henry and Jacqui Long from Rooska and is a student at Gaelcholaiste, Newcastle West. He also trains with the national high-performance team. And he has his heart firmly set on representing Ireland and boxing at international level.

But Cormac is not alone in bringing glory to his club. Last weekend also saw a championship win for Mikey Harty from Askeaton , fighting at Youth 2 level. It brings to four the number of national championship titles that Micky has won over the years.

Mikey’s achievement was all the more significant, Gavin explained, in that he went into the final with an injured right shoulder.”It was a fair handicap,” Gavin added but Mikey’s tactics worked well. “He boxed absolutely brilliantly.” In the end, it came right down to the wire but the win was with the Rathkeale club.