Michaela Walsh





57kg (Featherweight)

Date Of Birth

June 5, 1993




Michaela won flyweight silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she was beaten in the final by the reigning Olympic champion Nicola Adams. In 2018, fighting at featherweight, she won bronze at the European Championships and a second Commonwealth silver. In 2019 she won seven of nine international fights and silver at the European Games. In 2021 she took silver at the final Olympic qualifying tournament, losing to Italy’s Irma Testa in the final. She had already secured Olympic qualification in the semi-final. Her weight class and the 69kg are the two new additions to the women’s programme.


Aidan Walsh

Aidan WalshBOXING BIOGRAPHY Aidan won light welterweight gold at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games and silver (at welterweight) at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He had won one bout before the Olympic Qualifier in March 2020 was cancelled but came back and won a bronze medal at the last qualifying tournament in June 2021. He lost [...]

Emmet Brennan

Emmet BrennanBOXING BIOGRAPHY 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 [...]

Kellie Harrington

Kellie HarringtonBOXING BIOGRAPHY Kellie won a silver medal in the light welterweight at the 2016 World Championship and then really blossomed by moving down to 60kg. She became world champion in New Delhi in 2018 and also won a bronze at European Championships that year. In 2019 she won silver at the European Games in [...]

Aoife O’Rourke

Aoife O’RourkeBOXING BIOGRAPHY Aoife’s first sport was gaelic football (her late grandfather Dan was GAA president) but she took to boxing immediately, winning the first of her six Irish senior titles in 2017. In 2018 she won silver at the European U22s and made her debut at World Seniors. In 2019 she won gold at [...]

Kurt Walker

Kurt WalkerBOXING BIOGRAPHY Kurt was a World and European Youth medallist in 2012 and 2013 respectively and won bronze at the 2017 European Championships. In 2018 he took silver at Commonwealth Games and gold at the EU Championships. In 2019 he won gold at the European Games, all at bantamweight (56kg). He had an exceptionally [...]

Brendan Irvine

Brendan IrvineBOXING BIOGRAPHY Brendan, who is captain of the boxing team, is competing in his second Olympics and was just 20 when he competed in Rio 2016 where he was beaten in the last 16 by Ukbekistan’s Shakhobiddin Zoirov. He won 49kg silver at the 2015 European Games in Baku. In 2017 he won a [...]


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

Team Announcement: 2nd Olympic Boxing World Qualifier, Bangkok, Thailand   The 7-strong team to contest the final boxing qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has been named and is: Tokyo bronze medalist at 71kg, Aidan Walsh, European Games athletes Daina Moorehouse (50kg), Jennifer Lehane (54kg), Sean Mari (51kg), and Kelyn Cassidy (80kg), 66kg Grainne […]


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 […]


OLYMPIC FEDERATION OF IRELAND LAUNCHES ROAD TO PARIS – THE OLYMPIC SCHOOLS CHALLENGE   Schools nationwide are invited to join the Irish Olympic team on an interactive journey to the Olympic Games in Paris. The challenge is part of the OFI’s ‘Dare to Believe’ programme supported by PTSB Today the Olympic Federation of Ireland, together […]

Irish Boxers Target Ticket To Paris 2024 Olympic Games | Olympic World Qualifiers

The IABA team to contest the First Olympic World Qualifier in Busto Arsizio, Italy, from the 3rd - 11th of March, has been named. The 8 strong team will contest the tournament at all Olympic weights available, following the qualification for Paris 2024 of reigning lightweight champion Kellie Harrington, Tokyo Olympians Aoife O’Rourke and Michaela [...]

Team Behind The Team | Sharon Madigan

For far too long the menstrual cycle was regarded as a monthly burden to be suffered in silence by female athletes and far too taboo to be discussed with their coaches and support systems. But, if monitored properly, it can not only guide women’s training but be the best early warning signal of under-fuelling and [...]

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