Carndonagh’s Ben Clarke looks to add to the family collection


Carndonagh boxer Ben Clarke looks to add to the family collection this evening when he lines up in the Irish Boy 1 46kgs final.

Clarke faces Conhuir Johnston from All Saints in the final at The National Stadium in Dublin.

The canvas of the Stadium is familiar territory for the Clarke family.

Ben’s older sisters Labhaoise and Jessica are multiple Irish champions and now Ben is aiming to put another title on the sideboard.

This week, already he was won twice. He defeated D Joyce from Athy 4-1 in his quarter-final and then defeated Darndale’s James McDonagh in the semi-final, both on 4-1 decisions.

Earlier today, Letterkenny’s Dylan Browne-McMonagle and Dungloe’s Oisin Wallace will go in search of final places when they line up in semi-finals.

Browne-McMonagle meets M Donoghue from Athy in a Boy 3 35kgs semi, while Wallace faces Michael Faulkner (OLOL) in a Boy 3 56kgs semi.

Tomorrow, Carndonagh’s Dominic O’Donnell faces Tommy Lee from Bracken in a Boy 2 semi at 54kgs.

There was no joy for Dunfanaghy ABC trio Bernie McDonagh, Odhrán McGinley or Patrick Scott this week.

McDonagh was beaten by Cale Brennan from Athy 3-2 in a Boy 2 40kgs quarter-final, McGinley lost out to Ballagh’s Ryan Cullen 5-0 in a Boy 3 52kgs quarter, while Scott was stopped by Trojan’s Sean Walsh in his Boy 3 68kgs quarter-final bout.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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