Our Lady of Lourdes' Patrick Donovan, blue, in action against Jason Kyne, red, during Friday's National Senior Championship final, 69kg bout, in Dublin's National Stadium
LIMERICK boxer Patrick Donovan has won his first Irish senior title.
It's a 12th national title for the underage star.
In his first senior championship, the 18-year-old Our Lady of Lourdes boxer won three bouts to claim national honours.
In Friday's 69kg final in Dublin's National Stadium, Donovan was a convincing winner over Jason Kyne of Galway's Celtic Eagles club.
In the quarter final, Donovan beat Patrick Cullen of the Ballagh club in Wexford. Donovan followed that up with a semi final win over Michael Kinsella of St Anthonys-St Patricks Boxing Club.
Welterweight Donovan, who has boxed underage for Ireland at European and World level, now has two early targets in 2019.
First up is the National U-22 Championship, commencing January 6 and then comes the Elite Senior Championships.
Resisting offers to turn professional, Donovan has firmly targeted representing Ireland in the next Olympics; Tokyo 2020.
Coached in Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) by Shane Daly, David Nolan and his father Martin Donovan, the new Irish champion travels to Sheffield to train in an Irish set-up ahead of Christmas.
Patrick Donovan pictured after Friday's title win, with coaches Martin Donovan and David Nolan