Local talent to play big role on major Strabane bill


THE ‘cream of the crop’ of youth and junior boxers from Ireland, Wales and Scotland will descend upon the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane on Friday, October 25, for what is believed to be the first full international to be held in Tyrone. Through his involvement with the Irish youth team coaching set-up, Newtownstewart’s Two […]


Jude targets Euro glory after sealing tenth Irish crown


JUDE Gallagher isn’t one to pat himself on the back and celebrate his most recent success. The Newtownstewart teenager prefers to look forward, set another goal and then tries to achieve it. And that’s exactly what he’s doing in the immediate aftermath of earning his 10th Irish crown. On Saturday, the 17-year-old Two Castles Boxing […]


Domz ‘Bombz’ his rival in just 13 seconds!


DOMZ ‘The Bombz’ McConnell wasted little time in sealing his debut professional Bare Knuckle Boxing victory in England on Saturday night, knocking out Mitch Turner in just 13 seconds. Despite being riddled with nerves, the Strabane man looked confident during his ring walk, and that facade proved a suitable cover as, even after a brief […]


Another Irish title for Newtownstewart Club


BROTHERS Finn and Calum McGillin were representing the 2 Castles Boxing Club at the Irish Championships in Dublin over the Easter period. Having recently transferred over from the Omagh Sacred Heart Club the two boys have settled well into the Club and are certainly adding to the strength of the squad. Finn is a fairly […]


Jude gets useful test against European champ


NEWTOWNSTEWART’S Jude Gallagher gained a useful workout against the reigning European Junior champion in Italy at the weekend. The teenager travelled as part of the Ireland team for a week long training camp in Italy and while there he got the opportunity to pit his wits against Michele Baldassi, the reigning continental title holder. Despite […]


McGarrigle ‘delighted’ to receive latest accolade


STRABANE’S Ben McGarrigle was named the referee/judge of the year at the Irish Athletic Boxing Association’s 2018 awards night in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin, on Friday night. It’s the second time the Tyrone and Fermanagh County Board president has been honoured for his work last year, having been named Sport NI’s Technical Official of […]


Canadian team looking forward to Tyrone bouts


THE visit of a Canadian boxing team to Strabane has already given tonight’s tournament in the Fir Trees Hotel and Saturday’s in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown, an international flavour, but the organisation of the event is a truly global tale. The chief instigators of the clash between the visiting Lonsdale Club and a Tyrone and […]


Two Castles duo reach Irish Finals


The 2 Castles Club, Newtownstewart have two boxers competing at the Irish Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin over the coming weeks. Irish champion Jude Gallagher is through to the semi finals where he will meet Dublin opponent Ryan Dunne. Already through to the final and keeping the Newtownstewart Club firmly in the headlines […]


2 Castles ABC take titles in Toomebridge


  2 Castles ABC (Newtownstewart) had a successful day in Toomebridge winning four gold in the Ulster Nine County Championships. Many boxing purists think that this event reflects the ‘true’ Championships of the province, as County Antrim (and therefore Belfast) boxers are allowed to compete. Antrim is treated as a separate province (as is County […]