Boxing is one of the oldest traditional Olympic sports, dating back to 688 BC. The sport of amateur boxing as we know it came into being in the 19th century and is seen as the more scientific cousin to traditional professional boxing. 

Amateur boxing contests are overseen by a solitary Referee and scored by three judges. 

Victory is awarded to the winning boxer based on the following criteria:

Number of blows on the target area

Domination of the bout by technical/tactical superiority


Of course, contests can also be awarded in the instance of a knockout (KO,) technical knockout (TKO,) or if the Referee decides to stop the contest (RSC.)

To participate in this sport an athlete must enhance their athleticism, concentration, discipline and their knowledge of the skills available. Sportsmanship is paramount.

The University of Galway Boxing Club facilitates student-athletes of all levels; from the complete beginner to Senior-Elite competitors. The University Sports Unit are continuously striving to improve facilities and resources to keep the Club at the fore of Irish Third Level boxing. Students are welcome to train for fitness and enjoyment as there is no requirement to compete.


Unviersity of Galway Boxing Club has a proud history having produced several noteworthy competitors.

A number of elite athletes have represented the University over the years and this is reflected in the impressive list of Club achievements. 

However one of the Clubs greatest accolades was achieved by two former NUI Galway Boxing Club members: Paul Geoghegan and Daniel Sweeney, who founded the Irish Amateur Third-Level Boxing Association (IATBA,) the regulatory body which oversees all Inter varsity boxing on behalf of the IABA.

This has ushered in a new era for inter varsity boxing and NUI Galway have been proudly represented each year at the National Championships.



Winners NUI Galway Sports Connect Alumni Leadership award 2011


IABA Novice All-Ireland Championships

Stephen Lynam - N91+ Kg (Silver)


IABU Championships

David Lynam - J91Kg (Gold)

Jack Higgins - J67Kg (Gold)

Parnell Watters - J64Kg (Gold)

John Evans J60Kg (Silver)

IATBA Championships

Ryan Dervan - S75Kg (Gold)

David Lynam - N91Kg  (Gold)

Keiran Farrell - N67Kg (Silver)

IABA National Intermediate Championships

Eamon Tighe - 81Kg (Silver)


IATBA Championships

Ryan Dervan - S75kg  (Gold)

Eamon Tighe - S81Kg  (Silver)

Ryan Harkin - I75Kg (Gold)

David Martin - I64Kg (Silver)

Jack Higgins - N67Kg (Silver)

Caoimhe Maguire - N60Kg (Gold)

IABA National Intermediate Championships

Ryan Dervan - 75Kg (Gold)


IATBA Championships

Michelle Chambers - FS60Kg (Gold)

Jack Higgins - FN67Kg (Silver)


IATBA Championships

Darren O Connor     NJ63 (Gold)

Joanne Malone        FN66 (Gold)

Sibh Greene        FNS66 (Gold)

Aisling Parra Haren FN63 (Silver)

Birmingham University Box Cup

Darren O Connor   N64 (Gold)

Sibh Greene      N66 (Silver)

IABA Novice All-Ireland Championships

Darren O Connor  64kg (Gold)

IABA Connacht Championships

Cian Doheny  N69 (Silver)

Darren O Connor  S63 (Silver)

Aaron Cosgrove  N81 (Gold)


Venue: Training sessions are held in the sports hall at the Dangan NUIG Sports Pavilion, NUI Galway Regional Sports Centre, Lower Dangan, Galway.

We have not yet returned to training for the 2022/23 season

Training Times:

Monday 6:00 - 8:00pm            

Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00pm

Training is open to all levels of fitness and skill. We love to see new faces, whether you've been boxing for years or are just looking for something new to try. We have boxers who compete at national level as well as newcomers looking to just train for fitness.

To begin training all that is needed are light clothes, comfortable gym shoes and a bottle of water.

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Committee Members
Club Captain:Brendan Rhatigan
Club Treasurer:Sean McGovern
Club Equipment Officer:Matthew Harley
Public Relations Officer (PRO):Sean O'Conaill
Club Secretary:Odhran Logue
Ordinary Committee Member (OCM):Tadhg Sheridan
Ordinary Committee Member (OCM):Adam Gaughran
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