Their premises were destroyed by the floods seven weeks ago, but Dunree ABC showed their fighting spirit recently when eight young boxers brought back golds from the Donegal novice championships.

The club was left with nothing when the shed they were based at in Cockhill was ripped apart by the savage floods and all their equipment was literally washed down the Crana river.

But they picked themselves up from the mat, and their determination not to go under has now been rewarded with a haul of medals.

Club founder Pauline Doyle told the Inish Times: "Our first thought when the club was destroyed was that the championships were coming up, and we didn't want to the youngsters to miss out on them.

"Thankfully, Vin McCullagh and Clive Whitbread out at Inishowen ABC in Druminderry offered us the use of their facilities, and we can't thank them enough. They pulled us out of a great hole, and the kids were able to prepare in the right way."

Dunree will continue to train out of Inishowen ABC as they begin the lengthy process of restoring their own premises,  and Doyle said their success at the competition has  given everyone associated with the club a huge lift.

"I'm absolutely delighted for the kids," she said, "and I am just so proud of them. Not a single one of them has left us, even though there was a point there where we hadn't even as much as a punch bag to our name.

"These wains are like extended family to us. They've been with us from eight years old, and I'm over the moon that they have something now to celebrate after everything that's happened.

"We're clawing our way back. It might take time to get back on our feet, but we will never give up."

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