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In pics: A memorable weekend for Ireland's medal-winning boxers

Two golds and a bronze for the Irish at the European Championships in Bulgaria.

NOT FOR THE first time, Ireland’s amateur boxers delivered the goods this week at the EUBC European Elite Championships.

Yesterday in Samokov, Bulgaria, Michael Conlan and Joe Ward clinched gold medals, while Dean Walsh was also presented with his bronze medal after reaching the semi-finals.

Michael Conlan in action against Francesco Maietta Michael Conlan in semi-final action against Francesco Maietta. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Michael Conlan in action against Francesco Maietta Conlan avoids Maietta's right. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Michael Conlan with coaches Billy Walsh and Zaur Antia Words of advice for Conlan from coaches Billy Walsh and Zaur Antia. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Michael Conlan in action against Francesco Maietta Conlan and Maietta trade punches. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships - Semi-Finals Conlan's hand is raised after an excellent performance. Source: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

Dean Walsh in action against Vitaly Dunaytsev Vitaly Dunaytsev on the offensive against Dean Walsh in the semi-finals. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships - Semi-Finals Walsh fires back at Dunaytsev. Source: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships - Semi-Finals A dejected Dean Walsh after his defeat in spite of a spirited performance. Source: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

Joe Ward before the fight Joe Ward on the way to the ring for his semi-final against Hrvoje Sep. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Joe Ward in action against Hrvoje Sep Ward and Sep in action. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Michael Conlan Michael Conlan before his final against Great Britain's Qais Ashfaq. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Michael Conlan in action against Qais Ashfaq Ashfaq and Conlan locking horns... Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Michael Conlan in action against Qais Ashfaq ...before taking a tumble to the canvas, MMA-style. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Qais Ashfaq congratulates Michael Conlan on winning Ashfaq and Conlan embrace after the final bell. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships - Finals Conlan celebrates after his victory. Source: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

Billy Walsh celebrates as Michael Conlan is announced as the winner A delighted Billy Walsh as Conlan is announced the winner. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Michael Conlan celebrates winning a gold medal Conlan gets his hands - and teeth - on the gold. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Dean Walsh celebrates with his bronze medal on the podium Dean Walsh on the podium after receiving his bronze medal. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Joe Ward in action against Peter Mullenberg Joe Ward lands a punch on Peter Mullenberg in the light-heavyweight final... Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships - Finals ...and another. Source: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships - Finals A second European gold medal secured for the 21-year-old from Westmeath. Source: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

Joe Ward celebrates with his gold medal on the podium The golden boy back on the podium. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships - Finals Ward, Walsh and Conlan with their medals. Source: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships - Finals Ward and Conlan are the golden duo. Source: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE

Michael Conlan celebrates with his Boxer of the Tournament Award Conlan also picked up the Boxer of the Tournament award. Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

Mike Tyson wanted to know what this ‘white mother**ker’ was doing in his house

Conlan and Ward win gold for Ireland at the European Championships

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