Donegal boxers miss out on medals in Turkey

Donegal boxers Cathal McMonagle and Willie McLaughlin missed out on at least taking bronze medals at the European Boxing Championship in Turkey.

Super heavyweight McMonagle from Letterkenny, lost his quarter-final bout with English champion Anthony Joshua on Monday evening.

The Holy Trinity boxer was pipped by four points 22-18, in a cracking contest and therefore. Then on Tuesday welterweight McLaughlin suffered a 28-21 defeat to Georgian Zaal Kvachatadze in what was a high octane encounter.

McLaughlin had earlier defeated Stephen Banyo (Holland) 12-8 on Saturday and Borna Katalinic (Croatia) 20-14 on Sunday.

In his first outing in the championships on Saturday McMonagle overcame Mane Marceta (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on countback after they had ended level on 15 points each.

McMonagle and McLaughlin are members of the nine man Irish team at the championship in Ankara, which are due to end this weekend.

Light-heavweight Joe Ward, from Moate and light-welterweight Ray Moylette, from Westport, are the only two Irish fighters still in the championship.

They are both in action today and are guaranteed at least bronze medals.

Ward in Brandenburg

Letterkenny super-heavyweight Edward Ward is a member of the Irish Youth team competing at the Brandenburg Youth Cup in Germany this week. Edward flew out from Dublin yesterday morning (Wednesday) with the rest of the eight man Irish squad for the tournament which runs until Monday next June 27.

Alleged referee assault investigation is ongoing

The investigation into the alleged assault on a referee in a recent Division Four All-County Football League game is ongoing.

The matter was discussed by the Donegal Competitions Control Committee at their meeting on Monday night.

Progress to date on the investigation, set up the week before by the CCC into the incident, was outlined at Monday night’s meeting after which it was decided that a number of other details on the incident required further investigation.

“The investigation is ongoing but we hope to have it wrapped up and completed by the weekend,” said CCC secretary Ed Byrne, who would make no further comment on the case.

Finnegan bound for World Youth Championships

Letterkenny Athletic Club’s Ruairi Finnegan has been selected to run for Ireland in the World Youth Championships which will take place next month in France.

The 16-year-old has been having a terrific season on the track and will compete in the 1,500m in Lille and will also compete in the European Youth Olympics in Turkey at the end of next month.

Over 2,000 of the best young athletes in Europe will compete in this key multi-sport event on the Black Sea – an important competition in the development of young athletes for future Olympic participation from July 24 to 29.

The St Eunan’s College student, who will begin the Leaving Certificate cycle in September, ran the standard at the indoors in February and has matched it many times since. He will just out to France on Sunday week and will take to the track this day fortnight.

Shane Fitzsimons from Mullingar Harriers, Co Westmeath, is the other Irish entrant in the event. Come August, Finnegan will take a well-earned family break in Spain.

“They usually take one per event but myself and Shane will be competing in the 1,500m,” Finnegan said yesterday. “The standard is likely to be very high in France and looking at it now, I would be delighted with a place in the final.

“It’s all about getting the necessary experience at these types of event really and learning as much as I possibly can before I go to Turkey next month, where I would love to get myself among the medals, but we will take it one step at a time and see what happens.”