Coach Kavanagh promotes three local combatants


SBG Strabane were delighted to welcome back SBGi head coach, John Kavanagh for a much anticipated seminar. Large numbers were in attendance and enjoyed expert tuition with John displaying some of his favoured techniques. The seminar ran for over two hours, which went down well with the highly appreciative practitioners.John awarded a promotion to SBG […]


Injury forces ’Strabanimal’ out of homecoming bout


A KNEE injury has forced James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 at Dublin’s 3Arena where he was to face American opponent Jeremiah Labiano. The 20-year-old made an announcement confirming a torn LCL and PCL on his Instagram account early this morning. While devastated that his homecoming bout has had to be shelved, Gallagher is determined […]


More medal success for Three Rivers members


THREE Rivers Shotokan Karate Club tasted more success as the past fortnight when members sealed titles on both the national and international stages. Eoin Crawford made the trip to Ballinasloe last weekend to compete for the first time in the Karate Ireland ONAKAI National Kata Championships and after a few great displays was crowned champion. […]


Gallagher praises Strabane support ahead of big fight


STRABANE Mixed Martial Arts star James Gallagher expects his vast throng of supporters to raise the roof when he faces Israeli Kirill Medvedovski in the co-main event of Bellator 173 in the Belfast SSE Arena on Friday night. The 20-year old unbeaten ‘Strabanimal’ said he has been blown away by the build-up and excitement in […]


The ‘Strabanimal’ extends unbeaten run


  BY RYAN McALEER STRABANE’S James Gallagher extended his unbeaten professional record in comfortable fashion by submitting American Anthony Taylor in the third round in Dublin last  Friday night. Just the Strabanimal’s second fight under the Bellator banner, the 20-year-old Tyrone man was handed the co-headline slot for the international mixed martial arts promotion’s 3Arena […]


Black Belt success for Shotokan trio


MEMBERS of Strabane Shotokan Karate Club reached the pinnacle of their sport recently when securing their much coveted black belts. Mark McAneny, Ellie Boggs and Sharah McGarrigle became the latest club members to join the exclusive band of Martial Artists permitted to wear the black belt. The examination took place under the watchful eye of […]


Boyle looks forward to World Championships


STRABANE kickboxer Ciaran Boyle says an optimised training and diet regime will leave him ready and primed for the forthcoming world amateur tournament in Spain. Set to take place in Alicante in October, the WKU Championships will also feature local fighter, Darach Devine, a student of Ciaran’s. Ciaran (36), who has already had a number […]


Devlin strikes for glory at Clan Wars


STRABANE Mixed Martial Artist Aaron Devlin was in fine form at the weekend, putting his opponent to the sword with a unanimous points decision. Devlin was competing in the highly rated Clan Wars affair in Belfast’s Ramada Plaza Hotel on Sunday. Fighting out of Derry’s Team Torres stable, the 24-year-old extended his record to four […]


Gallagher feels like a ‘whole new fighter’


STRABANE Mixed Martial Arts sensation James Gallagher said fans will see a ‘whole new fighter’ when he returns to the cage this weekend. It has been nearly five months since The Strabanimal’s last fight, but the 18-year-old said he has never felt ‘fitter, stronger, healthier or happier’ in his entire life ahead of Chaos Fighting […]