European Championship – County Wicklow’s Daina Moorehouse Captains Irish Boxing Team

Wicklow is a county that has pound for pound produced probably the highest amount of prestigious Boxing talent this country has ever seen with Katie Taylor ranking right up there as arguably Ireland’s greatest ever boxer and the conveyor belt of talent is constantly churning out some great new emerging prospects with Cole Byrne the latest talent to head to a major European tournament where he was well able to take out some of the best fighters Europe has to offer.

For those of you who may have been living under a stone these past couple of years there is a young Bray lady who is also one of the long list of hugely talented fighters coming out of Wicklow and she is taking the Boxing World by storm and is on the cusp of taking the European Boxing Championship by storm in the coming weeks and that ladies name is Daina Moorehouse!

This sensationally talented Bray Boxer fighting out of Enniskerry Boxing Club has already amassed more titles in just a few short years than many Boxers could only dream about amassing over the course of their entire career and the 17 year old Bray Southpaw is now firmly focused on adding another European Gold medal to that hugely impressive list of titles she has bagged to date. Daina is in fact so widely respected in Irish Boxing circles that she has been named Irish Captain for the Europeans in Sofia which is as high an honour as any Irish Fighter can have bestowed upon them.

We had a little chat with the star herself to ask a few questions about her and her Boxing career so far and what she hopes to achieve going forward in what looks destined to be a very famous and illustrious career:

1. Fighting Style: Southpaw
2. Fighting Weight/Category: 48 Kg
3. Number of years you have been boxing: About 5 or 6 years now
4. Debut fight: Wicklow leagues against Jade Matthews. I won by unanimous decision.
5. Favourite Boxer: Katie Taylor would be my favourite boxer
6. What made you get into boxing: My Brother did Boxing and my Mother wanted me to try it out
7. Who was the toughest Opponent you’ve faced: A girl from Thailand was the toughest opponent I have faced
8. Proudest Moment in the Ring: Having my hand raised is my favourite moment in any fight.
9. Favourite Sporting Hero: Katie Taylor
10. Who has been the biggest Inspiration in Your Boxing Career: Never really had one but Katie Taylor is someone I have admired.
11. What is Your Sporting Ambition And Dream for 2019? My dream for 2019 is to win my 3rd European Gold Medal
12. Tokyo 2020, will we see Daina Moorehouse fighting for Ireland? You won’t see me at Tokyo 2020 as unfortunately there is no 48kg category but I have my eye on 2024.
13. If you could spar with any fighter who would it be and why? I wish to have a spar with Mary Kom as she is multiple times World Champion.
14. Who is your favorite fighter(s)? Is there any fighter you try and emulate in the ring? I just do my own thing in the ring, I don’t try to do anything like anybody else
15. What are your accomplishments in your boxing career so far?  I have x3 Michael Andrews, x3 Leinster titles, x7 National titles, x2 golden girl champion Sweden, & x2 European champion

Photo Credit: Harry Murphy Sportsfile

16. Your family are brilliant supporters to you, is there any members of the family who were or might become a great fighter like yourself? My family are a great support and I have a few little cousins so hopefully in years to come they pick up the Boxing because it runs in the family.
17. What is your daily regime like training wise ahead of the Europeans? I train twice a day, morning and evening and I will take Sunday off as a rest day.
18. How do you feel ahead of the Europeans? I feel good about the Europeans , I’m looking forward to it a lot, I feel sharp already. (That was with a few weeks to go before Daina flew out)
19. Do you ever get nervous before a fight? Yes I always get nervous before a fight but I don’t let them take over, I try to just relax and keep focused.

Sponsor Daina?

With being an elite level athlete there is big costs to put in the required training and get the necessary equipment so any business who would like to help out with the blossoming career of one of County Wicklow and Ireland’s greatest budding talents then why not get on board to sponsor Daina:

You can email the secretary of the Enniskerry Boxing Club here on melissaobrien40@live.ie and if it’s sponsorship of gym clothes or gear, gloves etc then all are very welcome or even if it’s just a few bob to help with her trips away Daina is always grateful and it will be an investment in a true future Olympic talent.

Tournament Info:

Ireland’s 18-strong squad left for Sofia this morning ahead of the start of the European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships in the Bulgarian capital.

The draw for the tournament will be made tomorrow with boxing slated to begin Wednesday.

37 nations including Ireland are registered for the competition.

Daina and her Ireland teammates completed their final training camp in Dungarvan over the weekend.

 

The Irish panel for Sofia secured National U/18 titles at the National Stadium earlier this summer.

Tournament schedule

Technical Meeting – September 3, 2019

Official Draw – September 3, 2019

Opening Ceremony – September 4, 2019

Preliminaries – September 4/8, 2019

Semifinals – September 9, 2019

Finals – September 10, 2019

 

2019 European Men’s and Women’s Championships Sofia, Bulgaria (September 2/11)

Irish squad

Male

49kg Ryan Dunne (Jobstown)
52kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
56kg Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott)
60kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)
64kg Matthew Tyndall (Dublin Docklands)
69kg William Hayden (Crumlin)
75kg Jake Tucker (Emerald, Antrim)
81kg Jason Myers (Titans)
91kg Jack Marley (Monkstown D)
91+kg Owen McDonagh (St Annes)

Female

48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
51kg Nicole Clyde (Antrim)
54kg Niamh Fay (Swords)
57kg Lauren Dempsey-Fitzmaurice (Ryston)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Cloghan)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
69kg Leah Gallen (Raphoe)
75kg Lisa O’Rourke (Castlerea)

Officials

IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team Managers: Patrick Osborne & Anna Moore
Coaches: William McClean, Aoife Hennigan,Anita Just,Brian Barry,Liam Cunningham

From all of us we wish Daina and the Irish team every success and we couldn’t be more proud of her efforts and all in Enniskerry Boxing Club.

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Enniskerry Boxing Club

Enniskerry Boxing Club has been running for years but head coach Paul O Toole has taken on the job the last 7 years and since then we have had numerous All Ireland Champions, Leinster and Michael Andrew’s champions not to forget our recent All Ireland Champion Boy 1 Johnny Lynch. Johnnys father Ben Lynch is also a coach of Enniskerry Boxing Club and puts so much time and effort into the younger class. Darren O Toole is also aa coach who also trains the younger class with Ben. We don’t have a permanent home at the moment but are very grateful to the Gaa club in Enniskerry for helping us out with a home for the moment. If anyone is interested in sponsoring Daina or the club it would be a huge help so please get in contact with club secretary Melissa O Brien: melissaobrien40@live.ie

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