European Games

Baku Begins with Spectacular Opening Ceremony


Anticipation and speculation had been mounting for months, and the excitement in Baku over recent days had been palpable. Preparations for the Opening Ceremony were carried out under conditions of total secrecy, with the participation of pop star Lady Gaga only revealed at the very last minute. Baku 2015’s curtain-raiser did not disappoint, as the […]

Magee’s Through But Evans Exits

Chloe and Sam Magee are through to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles after beating Polish pair Aneta Wojtkow and Pawel Pietryja. In a match that lasted 34 minutes, the Donegal brother and sister duo beat the Poles 21-18, 21-12. 26-year-old Chloe and 25-year-old Sam will face France’s Gaetan Mittelheisser and Audrey Fontaine in the […]

McComb Wins European Bronze Medal

Sean McComb won a bronze medal in Baku after losing his lightweight semi-final to Azerbaijan’s  Albert Selimov. The impressive and vastly experienced number one seed Selimov won on a unanimous decision over the Belfast 22-year-old. McComb hopes took a blow in the second round with a bad cut on his right temple from a clash of […]

Taylor in European Games Final

Olympic champion and five-time world champion Katie Taylor beat Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna on a split decision to reach the women’s lightweight final. It was a close-fought battle Taylor was pushed to the limit by Alekseevna who was roared on by the partisan home crowd. The three judges all scored the bout 38-38 but two of […]

Ireland Basketball lose out to Russia

The Irish women’s team took to outdoor court number two for their 3×3 basketball quarter-final against Russia.   The Russians,top seeds won in the end by 21-15. But Ireland gave them a hard fought game with the sides level at 7-7 midway through. “I’m disappointed we gave up the 21 points against them because we […]

Silver Lining for Irvine in Baku

Congratulations to Brendan Irvine who produced another big performance at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan , but fell just short in the 49kg final to Russian southpaw Bator Sagaluev. The ex World Series of Boxing fighter was handed a split decision over the Irishman after three, three minute rounds at the Crystal Hall. The experienced Sagaluev, […]

Ireland Relay Team 6th in European Final

A final, two semi-finals, two Irish Junior Records and a World Junior Championships qualification saw Ireland’s swimmers complete their best day so far at the Baku Aquatics Centre on day three of competition at the European Games in Azerbaijan.   Ireland’s quartet of Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Emma Reid and Rachel Bethel qualified for the […]

Sam and Josh Magee into semi-final

Congratulations to Sam and Joshua Magee who created history by securing at least a bronze medal in the first ever European Games. The Irish pair beat Mayijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski of Belgium in the quarterfinals. They now face the current European champions Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov. On the other side of the draw […]

EOC President Hickey visits Baku Street Athletics

EOC President Patrick Hickey today visited the street athletics event in Baku’s Fountains square. Today’s street athletics event featured mens high jump and was the focus of attention in Baku’s historic fountains square where Andriy Protsenko (UKR) and Aleksandr Shustov (RUS) both popped out at 2.30m. EOC President Patrick Hickey was on hand to witness the competition accompanied […]

European Final for Irish Swimmers

Best wishes to Mona McSharry, Emma Reid,  Danielle Hill and Rachel Bethel who will be on this evening in their first Final of the European Games. Hill led the team off with the Backstroke turning at the 50m mark in 5th place, swimming her third event of the morning she then pulled it back in the […]

Dean Walsh celebrates 21st Birthday

Dean Walsh celebrated his 21st birthday in Team Ireland HQ in the Baku 2015 athlete village with performance staff and athletes. Happy birthday Dean!
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