Frenchpark man retains World Police boxing title

Co. Roscommon man Eamonn McDonnell who is serving as a Garda in Dun Laoighaire retained his World Heavyweight Police boxing title in recent weeks in Australia.   The 23-year-old from Frenchpark retained the title he won in 2005 by beating an opponent from the New York Fire Department in the final in Adelaide on March 25th last. It was all part of the World Police Games and Ireland had a big team there in a number of disciplines, including volleyball, shooting and marathon running.   I spoke to Eamonn earlier this week and he was thrilled at his most recent success. ‘I was delighted to win it again. I beat three different opponents to win the gold and it’s a great honour to be the champion again.’   The 23-year-old is the son of well-known boxing enthusiast Eddie McDonnell. ‘I’ve been boxing a long time and I got great encouragement from my father all along’ he told me.   Eamonn currently boxes and trains with the St. Fergals club in Bray but it not been all plain sailing this year as he had a number of serious injuries before the chamnpionship.     ‘My training was curtailed a lot with injury. I broke my hand earlier in the year and I damaged my ankle (too).’ He continues to train hard and says he will be staying with the boxing for the future.    ‘Yeah I’ll keep at it. I love it and it’s a great sport to be involved in