THE President of the County Donegal Boxing Board, Peter O’Donnell, attended a function to honour the four Ulster boxers who have qualified for the Olympic Games.
Monkstown siblings Aidan and Michaela Walsh, St Paul’s Brendan Irvine and Kurt Walker of the Canal Boxing Club have booked their spots in Tokyo.
At the Balmoral Hotel in Belfast today, a short ceremony took place to recognise their achievements.
A presentation was also made to coach John Conlan, who will accompany the boxers and work the Irish corner at the Olympics.
“It was a great privilege to be in attendance to give the Ulster boxers a good send off,” O’Donnell said.
“They have done their clubs, their province and the country proud in making it to the Olympic Games.
“What a great story for the Monkstown brother and sister of Aidan and Michaela Walsh to both qualify for the Olympics at the same time.
“I have no doubt that all of them will represent us well in Tokyo. Boxing is Ireland’s most successful Olympic sport and I have no doubt that the medals tally will be increased this year in Tokyo.”
Those boxers, along with Kellie Harrington, Emmet Brennan and Aoife O’Rourke will represent Ireland in the squared circle at the Games.