Emmet Brennan





81kg (Light heavyweight)


Glasnevin, Dublin


Emmet is a two-time Irish champion (once at 75kg, once at 81kg) who gave up boxing at one point, then quit his job and took out a Credit Union loan to pursue his Olympic dream. In March 2019 he needed a top six finish at the Olympic Qualifiers in London to qualify and, after winning his first bout, the tournament was postponed because of Covid-19. At the final Olympic qualifier in Paris (June 2021) he was a beaten quarterfinalist but then came through a bruising box-off against Sweden’s Liridon Nuha to clinch his spot in Tokyo.


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Stream | Boxing – Road to Paris 2nd World Qualification Tournament

Watch the 2nd World Qualification Boxing Tournament Live where 7 Irish athletes are fighting for Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification. The tournament is held at Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, where a total of 51 remaining Paris 2024 Olympic quota places (23 for women and 28 for men) will be up for grabs across 13 Olympic [...]

Fighting for the Olympic dream

The Road to Paris 2024 is reaching its terminus. Qualification opportunities are at a premium and boxing is no exception. With 51 quotas at stake, including 23 for women and 28 for men, the 2nd World Qualification Tournament in Bangkok from 24 May to 2 June will offer boxers a final chance to secure a quota for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Quota places will [...]

Team Announcement: 2nd Olympic Boxing World Qualifier, Bangkok, Thailand

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OLYMPIC FEDERATION OF IRELAND REVEAL EXCITING OPENING CEREMONY WEAR FOR PARIS 2024 Bespoke outfit celebrating 100 Years of Team Ireland designed by top Irish fashion designer Laura Weber through her brand LW Pearl   The Olympic Federation of Ireland today revealed the Opening Ceremony wear that will be worn by Team Ireland at the Olympic […]

The Design Story of Team Ireland’s Official Wear Collection

This summer at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Team Ireland athletes will feature in LW Pearl formal wear in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The partnership will feature the best of Irish athletes in the best of Irish design, created and manufactured by New York based Dubliner, Laura Weber. Background Above all Laura wanted the […]


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