Captain of Ireland's 2012 Olympic boxing team and winner of the middleweight silver medal in the 2010 European Amateur Championships and middleweight gold at the 2010 European Union Amateur Championships.
He grew up boxing as a young boy in Paulstown.
He was initially a light heavyweight but achieved much more success moving down to middleweight.
He grew up with his family in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Light flyweight Paddy Barnes also competed for Ireland in the 2012 Olympics, winning the bronze medal in his weight class.