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Hynes ends his terrible year with light-heavy Elite ring joy

 

By David Kelly

He may not be going to the Commonwealth Games but Caoimhin Hynes enjoyed a fine victory at the weekend when lifting the light-heavyweight title at the Irish Elite championships in the National Stadium.

Having come back after being stabbed last May, Hynes lost out in the welterweight semi-finals of the Ulster championships to Commonwealth Games bound Steven Donnelly. But, having entered at short notice, he campaigned at light-heavy in the Irish championships and edged a tight bout with Brian Kennedy of St Mary's Daingegan. Three judges voted for the Belfast man and two for Kennedy.

"With the year I've had I thought nothing was going to go right for me. From being stabbed, losing in the Commonwealth qualifiers I've had some year… just want to thank everyone for the support," said Hynes.

There was also delight for Michaela Walsh who will represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games having lifted the 57kg title with a comfortable victory over Dervla Duffy.

57kg: Michaela Walsh (Monkstown Antrim) beat Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart) 5-0 91kg: Kiril Afansev (Smithfield) beat Kevin Sheehy (St Francis) 5-0 91+kg: Dean Gardiner (Clonmel) beat Martin Keenan (Rathkeale) 5-0 69kg: Kieran Molloy (Oughterard) beat Eugene McKeever (Holy Family Drogheda) 5-0 75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) 4-1 Brett McGinty (Oakleaf) 4-1 49kg: Conor Jordan (St Aidans) beat Ricky Nesbitt (Carrickmacross) 56kg: Evan Metcalfe (Hyland Academy) beat Thomas McCarthy (Setanta) 3-2 64kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise) beat Caoimhin Ferguson (Clonard Antrim) 5-0 60kg: George Bates (St. Mary's Dublin) beat Francis Cleary (Ballina) 5-0 81kg: Caoimhin Hynes (Holy Trinity) beat Brian Kennedy (St Mary's Daingean) 3-2

52kg: Conor Quinn (Clonard Antrim) Walkover 64kg: Joanne Lambe (Carrickmacross) Walkover 75kg: Aoife Burke (St Mary's Dublin) Walkover 81kg Aoife O'Rourke (Castlerea) Walkover.

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