The Irish News Archive - Oct 3 1998: Champions night in Dublin for battling cousins, Thomas and Dermot Hamill

All Saints star Thomas Hamill (left)
The Irish News Archive

Boxing: Irish Junior Championships

It was champions night at the National Stadium in Dublin for the Hamill cousins from the All Saints, Ballymena club.

In an all-Ballymena clash Dermot Hamill was crowed national junior featherweight champion at the Stadium venue last night.

Hamill defeated his All Saints college Gary Morrison with a very impressive all round display.

Dermot’s cousin Thomas Hamill made it a night to remember for the family and the All Saints club as he defeated Patrick McCann St Luke’s in the Lightweight final 27-17.

In the light flyweight decider Harry Cunningham retained his title marking another success for the Saints, Twinbrook lad.

Despite a brave effort Shane McKeown St Patrick’s Newry was beaten in the light-welterweight final by an extremely sharp Cairon Smithers Bunclody 31-21.

The best contest of the night was the all-Dublin duel which saw Crumlin’s Gavin Brown over coming CIE’s Francis Maughan on a count back, the boxers being reward with a standing ovation.

Other finals as follows:

National Junior Championship Finals:

Fly: Darren Campbell (Glin, Dublin) bt Cornelius Price (Quarryvale, Dublin), Rtd R4

Welter: Paul Quinn (Ardnaree, Mayo) bt Karl Lawless (Portlaoise) 15-12.

Light-middlet: Marvin Lee (Oughterard, Galway) bt Hugh Keogh (Ballymore, Kildare) Rsc R1

Middle: Leon Senior (Crumlin) bt Paul McDermott (Holy Trinity) 25-17

Light-heavy: Martin Mallon (Sacred Heart, Newry) bt M Regan (Leitrim) Rscr R2.


ANTRIM’S new football management team have been handed a glamorous pre-Christmas National Football League tie against Kerry.

The Saffrons, now led by a four-man selection committee headed by Aidan Thornbury, have home advantage for their November 29 Division 2A clash against last year’s All-Ireland Champions.

A venue has yet to be officially confirmed but St John’s Belfast officials have been told that Corrigan Park will be the county’s home National League venue given the current Casement Park redevelopment.

Antrim’s programme in the new-look league begins on November 1 at home to Westmeath and all being well, the Saffrons should have four points in the bag by the evening of November 15 as they are away to Kilkenny on that date.

Their final pre-Christmas game in the nine-team division will be an away game in Limerick on December 6.


THE Aghohill / Portglenone combination which makes up minor kingpins Sean Stinsons, will play in their fifith Antrim minor football final of the 1990s tomorrow.

Rasharkin stand in the way of an historic four-in-row trophy haul.

Stinson’s boast the talents of inter-county minor star Paddy Logan, currently rated one of the finest underage midfielders in the game.

All aspects favour the triple champions but whatever the outcome, city clubs will be reminded that the destination of the title will find residence in the country for the sixth time in eight years.


DUNDALK'S defence is in crisis for tonight’s crucial Premier Division match away to surprise packets, Bray Wanderers.

Left-back David Crawley serves out the second of his two games suspension, while captain and central defender Mick Doolin joins him on the side lines, having picked up a one match ban for reaching 20 penalty points.

Doolin will also miss the game with Shelbourne in two weeks times for his sending off against Cork City. 

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