Dearbhla claims third national title

Dearbhal Rooney receives the 2014 Leitrim Sports Partnership Junior Sports Star of the Year award last year.
Seán McDermott Boxing Club’s Dearbhla Rooney claimed her third Irish boxing title on Saturday when she won the Girl 4 54kg final at Dublin’s National Stadium.

Seán McDermott Boxing Club’s Dearbhla Rooney claimed her third Irish boxing title on Saturday when she won the Girl 4 54kg final at Dublin’s National Stadium.

Dearbhla, who won the Leitrim Sports Partnership Junior Sports Person of the Year award for 2014, cruised to a third All-Ireland title in a row with a series of impressive performances.

On the way to the final, Dearbhla also defeated fellow Leitrim boxer Shauna Lavin from Ballinamore Boxing Club, making it a great occasion for the sport in the county to have two fighters in the last four in the country.

In Friday’s Irish Amateur Boxing Association Girl 4 54kg semi-final bout, the Seán McDermott BC fighter scored a clear cut win when she won by 3-0 over Ballinamore Boxing Club’s Shauna Lavin.

In the other semi-final, Phibsboro’s Mary Geraghty defeated Marguerite Nevin of Kildare Boxing Club in a much closer encounter, the Dublin fighter prevailing by a 2-1 score line in Friday’s semi-final bout.

The Final saw the talented all-round sportswoman stamp her class on the event as she cruised a third title in a row with a 3-0 victory over Geraghty. The Manorhamilton fighter was always in command in this national decider.

Saturday’s third national title win for Dearbhla Rooney provided the Seán McDermott Boxing Club with another great occasion to celebrate the achievement of success at the highest level in their sport in the country.