About The Book

Boxing in Donegal: A history’ charts the rich history of boxing in Donegal.

Boxing in Donegal: A history’, written by Donegal-based sports writer and author Chris McNulty, explores the foundations of the sport in Donegal and deal with it’s growth and development in the decades prior to 1950, when an organised structure was put in place. 

The Donegal Boxing Board was founded on September 18, 1950, at a meeting in St Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny. The first Donegal Boxing Board operated under the Presidency of Dr JP McGinley from Letterkenny and the first recorded tournament under the new Board’s auspices was 70 years ago, in March 1951.

‘Boxing in Donegal: A history’  will feature the ten Donegal boxers who have won Irish Elite titles – Brian Anderson, Paddy Doherty, Eamon Coyle, Danny Ryan, Cathal McMonagle, William McLaughlin, Emma Bowe, Tyrone McCullagh, Jason Quigley and Maeve McCarron – as well as charting success in World, European and Commonwealth Championships and the many medals won at multi-nations tournaments by Donegal punchers.

‘Boxing in Donegal: A history’ includes a contribution from Donegal TD Joe McHugh, who boxed for Carrigart Boxing Club. 

The foreword is written by former WBO middleweight champion and Irish boxing legend Andy Lee.

Did you know that a Donegal-born boxer was recognised as a world welterweight champion in 1913? Or that the family one of the finest flyweight  boxers of all time hailed from Donegal? Read about the Donegal man who refereed at some of the most famous nights in boxing history or the Malin Head boxer who was at the centre of a political storm in Africa and London in the 1960s.

The book – which for the first time will list all of Donegal’s Irish champions (344 Irish titles, 309 of which are under the Donegal Boxing Board’s auspices) – is endorsed by both the IABA and the Ulster Boxing Council.



Chris McNulty hails from St Johnston, County Donegal and has been writing about boxing since 2005.

He is the Sports Editor of the Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub websites and his freelance work appears across a variety of other platforms and publications. 

He first covered boxing for the Finn Valley Voice newspaper, who still carry his work, and in 2016 he was honoured by the County Donegal Boxing Board for his coverage of the sport. While working with the Donegal News, he was short-listed for NUJ Regional Sports Journalist of the Year in 2009.

Since 2017, he has acted as the publicist of Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley.

This is his second book after his 2019 publication ‘Relentless: A Race Through Time’, the memoir of former Irish Athletics Team Manager Patsy McGonagle.

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