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In The Irish News - Sep 13 1996: Olympic boxing heroes Damien Kelly and Brian Magee for Irish civic reception

Former pro and amateur boxing star Brian Magee

IRELAND’S Olympic boxers in Atlanta, Damien Kelly and Brian Magee, along with their coach Michael Hawkins were among the guests at St Aidan's School in Belfast yesterday for the visit of Irish President, Mary Robinson.

The Whiterock School is little more than a stone's throw from the Olympic trio's West Belfast gym, The Holy Trinity Boxing Club in Turf Lodge.

And they are to be further honoured at an Irish government reception in Dublin Castle early next week.

The Trinity club was the only gym in the world to have two boxers in the quarter-finals of the Atlanta Olympic Games.

An Taoiseach, John Bruton is holding the reception on Monday night in Dublin in honour of the Paralympic and Olympic teams that competed in the US during the summer.

Triple gold medalist, Michelle Smith – a fan of the Irish boxing squad herself in Atlanta and who was at ringside last week for the Prince Naseem Hamed world title fight at the Point – heads the invitation list.

Ireland's Paralympic competitors will also be at the Dublin Castle celebration, proudly displaying the 10 medals they collected in Atlanta.

Six bronze, three silver and a gold for Donegal's Bridie Lynch in the discus event made up Ireland's final tally.

Tom Leahy, Mairead Berry and David Malone came home with silver, while John Salmon, Mary Rice, Sharon Rice, Sean O'Grady, Grainne Barrett-Conoron and another bronze for Bridie Lynch made up the rest of Ireland's medal haul in Atlanta.

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CLIFTONVILLE manager Marty Quinn made a frantic signing last night, striker Kieran Tully - a relative of Glasgow Celtic legend Charlie Tully.

Quinn, due to a plethora of injuries at Solitiude, was forced to look for another forward as doubts hang over Mickey Boyle and Paul Stokes availability for tomorrow's Gold Cup game at Omagh Town.

Tully who played for Ballymena last season, had a short stint with Drogheda United this season.

“I ran into Brendan Tully and told him of our problems and he recommended Kieran,” Quinn said.

“He's young, fit and has a lot of experience. He could be thrown in at the deep end on Saturday and who knows what could come of it. It's a big chance for the lad.”

Tim McCann, Joe Kerr, Kieran Loughran, Shaun Strang and Tommy McDonald are all ruled out of the game.

Roy McCreadie's Omagh need only to beat troubled Cliftonville to reach the last eight. Omagh will add defender Nigel Melly to the team that defeated Carrick Rangers last week.

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SEAN Devine flew home to Belfast from Finland this week as European one-wall handball champion, his 21-15, 21-12 victory over Finland's Tero Kolkka in the final gaining him the unique distinction of being the first GAA player to become a European champion, and extending his remarkable winning streak in singles competition to 21 matches.

Indeed the St Paul's player's last defeat was to current world champion and number one US professional David Chapman in the semi-final of the US Collegiates last year, when he helped Queen's University Belfast to a credible seventh placing.

The young law student has had a hectic week of celebration including being presented with a Belfast crystal memento marking the achievement by the St Paul's GAC chairman Michael Murray,.

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