Swim Ireland today announce 38 swimmers who will form three cohorts of National Squads for the 2020-2021 season. The new season will see a change to the structure of Swim Ireland's National Squad programme as the Performance team plan for the commencement of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games cycle whilst keeping a firm eye on the successful completion of the 2020 (+1) Tokyo Olympic cycle.

The Performance team will operate through a three-tiered system encompassing a Performance (PE) cohort for Olympic Games 2021 identified athletes, a Performance Transition (PT) cohort focussed on both the 2021 and 2024 Olympic Games and a Performance Pathway (PP) group with a 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games focus. The tiering of the Programme into three distinct levels will be continued each season across the 2020-2024 cycle into the Paris Olympic Games, with the Programme aiming to support athletes as they endeavour to reach their full potential at senior international level.

The Performance element of the National Squad is spearheaded by 2019 LEN European medallist Shane Ryan, with Ireland’s two strongest performers at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Brendan Hyland and Darragh Greene also amongst those selected. This group has a strong relay focus as Ireland look to cement one or more relay berths for 2021, with the nation not having achieved the qualification of an Olympic relay since 1972. National Performance Director Jon Rudd and National Senior Team Head Coach Ben Higson will have primary oversight of this group of athletes as Ireland prepare for their Olympic Trials in Dublin from 20th – 24th April next year. 

Performance Cohort
NameSurnameHome ProgrammeCoach
CalumBainUniversity of Stirling (UK)Bradley Hay
NiamhCoyneNational Centre (Dublin)Ben Higson/Steve Beckerleg
ConorFergusonLarne SCPeter Hill
Darragh GreeneNational Centre (Dublin)Ben Higson/Steve Beckerleg
DanielleHillLarne SCPeter Hill
BrendanHylandNational Centre (Dublin)Ben Higson/Steve Beckerleg
JackMcMillanBangor SCPaul Dennis
CillianMellyNational Centre (Dublin)Ben Higson/Steve Beckerleg
NicholasQuinnUniversity of Edinburgh (UK)Chris Jones
ShaneRyanNational Centre (Dublin)Ben Higson/Steve Beckerleg
JordanSloanBangor SCPaul Dennis
EllenWalsheTempleogue SC (Dublin)Brian Sweeney

The newly identified Performance Transition cohort features 2019 LEN European Junior and 2019 FINA World Junior finalist Eoin Corby alongside Ireland's strongest performers at junior level over recent years. Ben Higson will also have primary oversight of this group of athletes, some of whom will have the 2021 Olympic Games in mind with others placing their focus on the forthcoming 2021 FISU World University Games. 

Performance Transition Cohort
NameSurnameHome ProgrammeCoach
VictoriaCattersonArds SC (Newtonards)Davy Johnston
UiseannCookeUniversity of Edinburgh (UK)Chris Jones
EoinCorbyNational Centre (Limerick)John Szaranek/Mikey McCarthy
AndrewFeenanNational Centre (Limerick)John Szaranek/Mikey McCarthy
MariaGoddenKilkenny SCJohn Duffy
MichaelHewittArds SC (Newtonards)Davy Johnston
PaddyJohnstonArds SC (Newtonards)Davy Johnston
SophieMaguireUniversity of Birmingham (UK)Gary Humpage
CadanMcCarthyNational Centre (Limerick)John Szaranek/Mikey McCarthy
RoryMcEvoyNational Centre (Dublin)Ben Higson/Steve Beckerleg
FinnMcGeeverNational Centre (Limerick)John Szaranek/Mikey McCarthy
GerryQuinnNational Centre (Dublin)Ben Higson/Steve Beckerleg
DanielWiffenLoughborough University (UK)Andi Manley

The Performance Pathway cohort of athletes comprises Ireland's brightest current prospects, including 2019 LEN European Junior and 2019 FINA World Junior athlete Amelia Kane, 2019 LEN European Junior athlete Sean Scannell and 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival athlete Ellie McKibbin. National Performance Pathway Manager Andrew Reid will have primary oversight of this group of athletes, with the 2021 LEN European Junior Championships and FINA World Junior Championships the premier focus for this group.

Performance Pathway Cohort
NameSurnameHome ProgrammeCoach
EthanHansenMount Kelly (UK)Emma Collings-Barnes
Grace HodginsTrojan SC (Dublin)Jonathan Preston
AmeliaKaneArds SC (Newtonards)Davy Johnston
JuliaKnoxBanbridge SCDavy Wilson
MollieMcAlorumLeander SC (Belfast)Kathryn Wylie
EllieMcCartneyEnniskillen Lakelanders SCAaron Rickhuss
EllieMcKibbinArds SC (Newtonards)Davy Johnston
HannahO'SheaDolphin SC (Cork)Mick McCormack
CoraRooneyEnniskillen Lakelanders SCAaron Rickhuss
AislingRowlandsMillfield School (UK)Euan Dale
SeanScannellNational Centre (Dublin)Ben Higson/Steve Beckerleg
NaomiTraitKilkenny SCJohn Duffy
BenWoodsideLarne SCPeter Hill

Athletes based outside of Europe would not normally be selected for Ireland’s National Squad on logistical grounds, with Mona McSharry (University of Tennessee, USA), Sean McNicholl (George Tech, USA) and Molly Mayne (Hamilton Aquatics, UAE) meeting the required qualification criteria to gain National Squad status in this regard.

The COVID-19 virus disrupted the majority of the 2019-2020 long course season, with both domestic and international competitions unable to take place in the March 2020 – August 2020 period. As such, the tried and tested method of considering performances at the Irish Open Championships and an identified summer benchmark meet was not possible in 2020. The Performance team also felt that the utilisation of short course performances from the September 2019 – December 2019 period of the season was not appropriate in identifying the athletes for this programme. As such, a revised Selection Criteria was adopted for these unprecedented circumstances and will only be utilised for this one particular season.

National Performance Director Jon Rudd was to say of the selection, “The Swim Ireland National Squad is a programme designed to assist and add value to each athlete's home programme environment. The programme will provide these athletes and their home programme coaches access to opportunities and services which may otherwise be limited or unavailable to them. However, we strongly believe that this particular programme is so much more than camps, meets and services. It is about who we are, our identity as we approach an Olympic Games in 2021 and is a component which is key to further develop the performance culture within Irish swimming. We have strong beliefs and values and we have high standards and expectations; as such, our National Squad allows us ensure that when we walk into the arena together, we are galvanised, aligned and we possess a collective understanding of what is expected and required of us and from us. This is a very exciting group of athletes and we look forward to working with and for them over the months to come”

EOC, Krakow-Małopolska agree on preliminary list of sports for European Games

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) this weekend welcomed a delegation from Poland to the CONI headquarters in Rome for discussions on the 3rd edition of the European Games (EG), which are scheduled to take place in Krakow-Małopolska in summer 2023.

The meeting was led by EOC Acting President Niels Nygaard and Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi and attended by representatives of the Polish federal, regional and municipal governments, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin, Polish Minister of Sport Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk, Mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski, and the Marshal of the Małopolska Region, Witold Kozłowski. A team from the Polish Olympic Committee headed by President Andrzej Krasnicki was also in attendance.  

Discussions centred on preparations for the Games, the proposed sports programme, and the philosophy of the European Games, including potential opportunities for Poland, Krakow and the Małopolska Region.

“It was a highly productive meeting and we were very happy to see such a strong commitment from the Polish delegation,” said Acting President Nygaard. “It was a great start, we have worked as a team and reached concrete results, setting a precise roadmap for the future. We look forward to continuing ahead in the same spirit.

Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin underlined how the European Games are a great occasion to promote the country:

“The Polish government sees the economic and social opportunities related to the organisation of the EG 2023 in Kraków and Małopolska region.”

“As the plenipotentiary of the Polish government for the organisation of EG 2023, together with the Minister of Sport, I participated in a groundbreaking meeting with the EOC in Rome. I am pleased that we agreed jointly with all partners on the preliminary list of sports disciplines - this will allow specific investment plans to be made in the near future."

Polish Minister of Sport Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk delivered a report on the sports programme proposed by the Ministry of Sport in cooperation with the NOC of Poland, the Municipality of Krakow and the Małopolska Region. EOC Executive Committee Member Jozef Liba also presented a comprehensive overview on the sport proposal.

The two sides agreed on a preliminary list of 23 sports for the Games, subject to final negotiations with each of the European and International sports federations. A key criterium for selection was whether the sports will use the European Games as their continental championships and/or offer qualification for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

The preliminary list is as follows:

•    Archery
•    Artistic swimming
•    Badminton        
•    Basketball 3x3
•    Beach handball    
•    Breaking
•    Canoe
     •    slalom
     •    sprint     
•    Cycling
     •    mountain bike
     •    road        
•    Fencing        
•    Gymnastics        
•    Judo       
•    Karate            
•    Modern pentathlon    
•    Mountain running
•    Rugby sevens        
•    Shooting
•    Ski jumping (summer)    
•    Sport climbing    
•    Table tennis        
•    Triathlon
•    Volleyball
     •    beach volleyball
     •    volleyball    
•    Weightlifting •    Wrestling

The meeting in Rome followed a recent three-day EOC inspection visit to the Polish hosts from 30 July-1 August.

“The presence in Rome of such a high-level delegation underscores the importance that your country and your government give to the organisation of the European Games,”

EOC Secretary General Pagnozzi told the Polish delegation.

EOC Coordination Commission Chair for Krakow-Małopolska 2023 Hasan Arat, who attended the meeting remotely due to travel restrictions, stressed that the EOC has many reasons to be happy that the European Games will take place in Poland and that the organisation of the event will also be a great opportunity for the country.

“The social benefits and the legacy for your nation from organising such an event can be huge,” he said. “For each host country, the European Games are an opportunity to engage with its citizens, to motivate volunteers, to inspire young people, to promote healthy lifestyles and to foster social inclusion.”

Polish NOC President Krasnicki said that he was very pleased with the discussions and outcomes of the meeting.

It was a very fruitful meeting during which many issues related to the organisation of Games were addressed.

There is common awareness on the importance of this event and determination to conclude all necessary decisions as soon as possible.

I am sure that by having the support from the Polish government with effective cooperation between the City of Krakow and the authorities from the Małopolska Region, we will be able to organise a great sport event in Poland in 2023.

EOC ExCo Member Zlatko Mateša provided context on the history and philosophy of the European Games, retracing the highlights of the continental Games from Baku 2015 to Minsk 2019.

It is a project of mutual benefit. The key word from our side is flexibility,

said Mateša, who also underlined the social benefits and legacies host nations can expect from organising such an event.

We don’t want you to build any extra infrastructure unless you will need it for future use. We are promoting a polycentric approach, with the involvement of many cities.

Please be assured that all the above can be gained without spending too much. Following the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020, sustainability is a working principle for us. The Games, with the participation from 50 European countries, will strengthen the position of Poland also at the European Union level, improving its diplomatic channels.

Spyros Capralos, IOC Member and CoCom Chair both for the Baku 2015 and Minsk 2019 European Games, emphasised that the European Games are an integral part of the Olympic journey and

the inclusion of new sports in the programme will be an asset for the Games and for Poland.

The proposal of summer ski jumping, which is very popular in Poland, is an absolute novelty for the Games.

The full list of EOC and Polish Olympic Committee representatives was as follows:






*unable to attend due to travel restrictions.

Ireland’s elite triathletes will set their sights on tomorrow’s (Sunday) Mixed Team Relay after a disappointing day for the team at the World Championships in Hamburg.

Carolyn Hayes was the best of the five athletes competing across two events today (Saturday), finishing in 48th place in the women’s event.

Maeve Gallagher finished 60th in the same race, which saw Erin McConnell forced to withdraw after the halfway point of the bike.

Earlier in the day, Ireland’s leading men Con Doherty and Russell White also came away with little to show for their efforts as they finished in 54th and 56th respectively in the men’s race.

Speaking from Hamburg, Triathlon Ireland’s High Performance Director Stephen Delaney said there was no disguising the group’s disappointment with the results.

“For our senior athletes, Carolyn, Russell and Con,  particularly their expectations and our own were higher they aspire to higher but we know that it’s the first race back for them the way the return to competition has played out and they all know that there are better days ahead.”

Mr Delaney added, “for Maeve and Erin this was their first full triathlon with this quality of field and the experience will be invaluable for them. The team has the Mixed Relay tomorrow and we have to thank the ITU for the work done to give another opportunity to go racing in what has been a difficult year for everyone.”

The five athletes will move on quickly as the exciting prospect of a Mixed Team Relay World Championships looms tomorrow - an extremely exciting race that sees national teams of two men and two women race against each other over a short and fast course.

First Elite Race Back

Hamburg was the first elite international triathlon event since the onset of COVID-19 and with athletes unable to train as normal for almost six months, form was one of the uncertain factors heading in to event.

Ireland’s top ranked athlete, Carolyn Hayes made a promising start, coming out of the water in 28th place and among a large pack of chasers 33secs back from the leading women.

On the bike however, the pace was on and Hayes’s pack found the gap between them and the leaders increasing to the extent that she was 2mins 45secs in arrears and in 54th position by the time her large group had finished the 20km bike.

The Limerick athlete battled hard on the run and overhauled six spots during the 5km third leg to come home in 48th place.

Maeve Gallagher, who was due to race the Junior World Championships this year before its cancellation, exited the 750m swim in 60th and for a time appeared to have caught up with Hayes bike pack which would have put her in the security of working with other riders.

The Mayo teeanger, who is a notably strong cyclist and rode the Junior Cycling World Champs last year, lost contact however and was forced to complete the remainder of the race solo, making her day far harder. She came home in 60th place. Fellow first timer and teenager Erin McConnell was forced to retire from the race halfway through the bike.

Men’s Race

Earlier in the day, Russell White and Con Doherty started their race ranked 39th and 56th as they took to the pontoon in a sixty-five strong field that included double Olympic champion Alastair Brownlee.

Unusually, in particular for Russel White, both athletes found themselves off the pace after the swim, coming out of the water in 63rd and 65th. Despite their best efforts on the bike, the pair then struggled to catch the fast-moving chase pack, with the leaders more than two minutes ahead at the end of the 18.9 kilometre course.

Making up some places on the run, Doherty ran the five kilometres in 15:44 for 54th place and White 16:20 for 56th place.

European Under 23 Rowing Championships – Preview

The European Rowing U23 Championships takes place in Duisburg, Germany on the 5th and 6th of September.

A record number of 650 competitors have been entered from 32 nations with Ireland sending 20 athletes.

Last year, there was a lot of success at Under 23 and Junior competitions from the team. Tara Hanlon, Emily Hegarty, and Claire Feerick won a Silver Medal in the Women’s Four and Eoin Gaffney and Hugh Sutton won Bronze in the Lightweight Men’s Quad at the 2019 World Rowing U23 Championships in Sarasota. Aoife Casey and Cliodhna finished 4th in the A Final, just missing out on the Bronze. Also in the squad, Matthew Gallagher, Jack Dorney, John Kearney and Leah O’Regan finished fourth in the A Final at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo.

There is also a lot of experience at Senior level with Lydia Heaphy, Aoife Casey, Hugh Sutton, Claire Feerick, Tara Hanlon, Emily Hegarty and Ronan Byrne all competed at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz. Ronan Byrne will be competing in the Men’s Double Scull with Daire Lynch, Ronan returns to the U23s European Championships after winning Gold in the men’s single sculls in Greece last year and winning Silver in the 2019 World Rowing Championships.

The athletes have all been training hard at the Kinetica National Rowing Centre in Cork and we want to continue the success of 2019. This is a great experience for many of the athletes that have previously competed at the Juniors World and Europeans last year. We look forward to what we hope will be a successful competition for Ireland.

Rowing Ireland’s High-Performance Director, Antonio Maurogiovanni said, “We are delighted that the first International Regatta of this year is going ahead as planned. It has been a very tough year for everybody and we are excited to get the team back on the water and compete at the U23 European Championships.

The athletes have all been training hard at the Kinetica National Rowing Centre in Cork and there has been a positive atmosphere among the entire team. This is a great experience for many of the athletes that have previously competed at the Juniors World and Europeans last year. We want to continue the success of 2019 and look forward to what we hope will be a success competition for Ireland.

Irish team competing:

Men’s Coxed Four (BM4+)

Lightweight Men’s Single Scull (BLM1x)

Lightweight Women’s Pair (BLW2-)

Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls (BLM4x)

Women’s Single Scull (BW1x)

Men’s Double Scull (BM2x)

Women’s Pair (BW2-)

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (BLW2x)

Olympic hockey player Shane O'Donoghue is the first ambassador on the Olympic Federation of Ireland Dare to Believe Programme to talk about his Olympic journey on Facebook Live - with his presentation taking place at noon on the 21 May 2020. On the Dare to Believe Schools Programme, the ambassador visit to the classroom is normally the highlight of the programme, and since the recent global pandemic, the programme has been adapted to an online offering, with virtual ambassador visits via Facebook Live.


Rio Olympian, and top Irish goal scorer for the men's hockey team, Shane O'Donoghue will be talking about his journey in sport at 12 noon on Thursday 21 May, and will be fielding questions from anyone online. If you want to get your questions in ahead of the talk, email them to info@daretobelieve.ie.


The Irish Sailing Team goes back to training on the water today (Monday 18 May) as per Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening.


The team continued to train remotely throughout the lockdown by daily video catch ups, teaching sessions and support from the “backroom” team made up of doctors, sports psychologists and nutritionists. The coaches used the time to squeeze in many classroom based sessions that often aren’t possible when athletes are competing or travelling overseas. The team also trained using stationary bikes, strength and conditioning sessions on Zoom, and homemade gym equipment in gardens, sheds and garages.


From Monday 18 May onwards, the athletes will use the Irish Sailing Performance HQ in Dun Laoghaire as their base. The PHQ containers however will be closed for all use except launching of boats from the pontoon. The athletes have all undergo hygiene protocol training but will not use the PHQ all at the same time to minimise risk (with staggered launch times for example) and will adhere to the 2 metre social distancing guidelines at all times.


The Irish team are now one of a handful of countries with sailing teams back on the water, including the UK, Italy and Denmark.


Harry Hermon, CEO of Irish Sailing said “the Irish Sailing Team go back to training on the water today, and we’re working very closely together to make sure that their learnings and experiences are passed back to the sailing community, and that we all work together responsibly to ensure our safe return to the water”.

Cycling Ireland will host a charity sportive on Sunday, May 3rd on the online training platform, Zwift. Many of Ireland's top professional cyclists, including Nicolas Roche and Eddie Dunbar, will join in support of those struggling during these difficult times.

Hundreds of people are expected to ride the virtual sportive from the safety of their own homes using a stationary bike and turbo trainer, making it the largest mass participation sporting event in the country. The event caters to a variety of fitness levels with the option to ride for a portion of, or the full 75-kilometer route. Participants have the opportunity to chat with Ireland’s top professional cyclists as well as friends from around the country using Cycling Ireland’s chat app, discord.

Cycling Ireland's designated charity for the event is the Irish Cancer Society. The Covid-19 outbreak has had a huge effect on the Irish Cancer Society as it works with the most vulnerable to the virus. Join us as we come together while staying apart and support the most vulnerable in our society.



Event Details


Steps to participate

Register with Cycling Ireland HERE

Join the event on the Zwift Companion App

Make a donation HERE



As part of our Sport in Focus series we have dedicated a full day to swimming and diving in Ireland.

With the assistance of our friends in Swim Ireland we explored the world of Irish swimming and diving in one full day - with details about the National Federation, how to get involved, who to watch, what a day in the life looks like and what lock-down training looks like.

On our instagram page we enjoyed a day of takeovers with divers Ollie Dingley and Clare Cryan, as well as swimmers Darragh Greene, Danielle Hill and Shane Ryan.




From 1908 to 2020+1 Swim Ireland have had a rich pool of 61 Olympians!


Why Swim??

💪Makes you strong
💚Good for the heart
🦴Good for the bones
🌬️Good for the lungs
🧠Good for the mind
👩‍👩‍👧‍👧Accessible to all@swimireland @sportireland pic.twitter.com/vaIFNJKGNY

— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) April 8, 2020







It's not just elite athletes who are adapting to life outside the swimming pool!

IF you have any small ones in your house missing their swimming, head over to @swimireland where you can download this fun activity pack: https://t.co/Zgb5JVMrn8 pic.twitter.com/gvem34FUGg

— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) April 8, 2020




Tempted to give it a go after today? Best place to start is with the @swimforamile challenge with @swimireland

It's all about becoming a more confident swimmer, while making a few new friends on the way with free clinics and timed events.

Set that as your target! pic.twitter.com/58mnScvxwR

— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) April 8, 2020

As part of our Sport in Focus we have a full day dedicated to Irish Hockey.

Thanks to our friends (especially Emma Porter) in Hockey Ireland for compiling a comprehensive review of Irish Hockey, from competitions to international teams to participation and education.


About Us.

It’s a Hockey Ireland Take-Over today, here’s a little bit about us to get started! Today we’re going to tell you a little bit about the competitions side of Hockey Ireland and focus on our International teams. There’s lots more happening in Hockey Ireland around Participation, Education, etc. At the end of our International focus today, we’ll also provide you with the information of how to get involved in Hockey closer to home!

Hockey Ireland at the Olympics.

From 1908 to 2020(1). Did you know Ireland had a Hockey team at the 1908 Olympics? The first-time field hockey was played at an Olympic Games. In more recent times, the Irish Men qualified for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, while the Irish Women succeed in qualifying for their first Olympic Games last November and are now preparing for the Tokyo 2020(+1) Olympic Games!

The Build-Up. 

The FIH Series Finals were a vital part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying process. The top 2 teams from each Series Finals would secure a spot at an Olympic Qualifier event later that year. The Irish Women had a home advantage with teams travelling from as far away as Korea to play in Banbridge in June. Meanwhile, the Men travelled to France for their respective tournament. Both teams finished in their FIH Series Finals, securing their spot for an Olympic Qualifier in the Autumn of 2019.

Before Vancouver

We caught up with a determined Irish Men's  Hockey Team before they travelled to Vancouver for the qualifiers.


Ireland took a two-goal lead going into the second leg of their Olympic qualifier against Canada. In a tough match there were strong performances from several Irish players, both experienced and newer members of the squad. Both teams put everything on the line. While the final result is not what the Irish Hockey community was hoping for the team, we are incredibly proud of their performance.


Back in Ireland, the Women continued their preparations for their Olympic Qualifier, also against Canada. This was the only Olympic Qualifier to be held in Ireland last year. This was also the first time in Ireland that a Rugby pitch had ever been converted into a Hockey pitch! Big Stadium Hockey came to Dublin.

The Big Stadium

A Night to Remember

Record breaking crowds two nights in a row! The most people to attend a Women’s International Sporting Event in Ireland. 6,137 people came out to support the Irish Women for their Olympic Qualifier, while TV views peaked at 379,300!

Shirley McCay receives her 300th cap for Ireland, making her the most capped Irish Sports Woman ever.

It rained heavier than we thought it could, even in Ireland!

A nil all draw in the first match of the Qualifier made sure everything was left to play for on night two!

The whole community came out to support in so many different ways.

We witnessed a penalty shoot-out for the history books! An atmosphere unlike any other. A ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was secured, and history was made.

What Next?

Many of the team are continuing to train in isolation during this period due to current COVID-19 concerns around the country. They’re getting creative with their training in order to stay fit and work on their skills.

Our Junior Age Group players travelled to Lilleshall in February to gain some valuable international exposure. We’ll take a look at how they go on next, hopefully we’ll see more of them in the green jersey in years to come!

The Future

Our U16 Boys and Girls and U18 Boys and Girls travelled to Lilleshall earlier this year. Here’s a quick look at how they got on!

Find out more:

Today we only looked at our International teams. Hockey Ireland does so much more! You can find more information on Clubs, Education, Competitions, Cups, and much more at www.hockey.ie we hope you enjoyed watching!

The decision by the IOC Boxing Task Force to cancel the event in London, while very difficult for everyone, is being done for the right reasons – to protect the athletes from over 60 countries. The cancellation was decided in conjunction with the Local Organising Committee amid the increasing global travel restrictions and quarantine measures which are impacting on travel plans of athletes, teams and officials and their abilities to return home. This is incredibly disappointing for our boxers who were fit and ready for a good tournament, and on their return, together with the Irish Amateur Boxing Union and Sport Ireland Institute we will work closely to support them through these difficult times.




The Irish Amateur Boxing Association will be well represented in London this week with a full team of thirteen boxers competing for Olympic berths at the European Olympic Qualifying Tournament in the Copper Box venue from the 14-24 March 2020.  Ireland will be represented in every event in London, with the first boxers taking to the ring on Sunday 15 March.


This is the first of two opportunities for Irish boxers to gain qualification to the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. There are 77 spots available in this tournament – 50 for men and 27 for women. Boxers who don’t achieve qualification in London will have a second chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the World Tournament in Paris in May 2020.


This is the third event of five in the Boxing Road to Tokyo – the first two Continental qualification events took place in Africa and Asia. In late March, Buenos Aires will host the fourth event for the Americas and the final event in the qualification process will be the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament will take place in Paris, France from the 13-20 May.


The Olympic Games will have eight events for men, and five events for women – with an increased number of women’s boxing medals up for grabs, in line with the IOC’s aim to achieve gender balance in the Olympic Games.


The IOC recently announced that Tokyo 2020 will have achieved gender balance with 48.8% females competing, they also confirmed there will be full gender representation across all National Olympic Committees for the first time ever. The IOC also introduced a new rule that will allow one male and one female flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony.


Full details on Team Ireland will be updated throughout the week on the IABA Website HERE

Live Streaming of the event is on the Olympic Channel HERE

The official event website page is HERE


Boxing at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and all the events on the Boxing Road to Tokyo will be run by the IOC Boxing Task Force.




March 15

Last 32

63kg George Bates (Ireland) v Leon Dominguez (Spain)

81kg Emmett Brennan (Ireland) v Radenko Tomic (Bosnia)

91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) v Begadze Nikoloz (Georgia)


March 16

Last 32

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Pavel Kamanin (Estonia)

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Pas der Van (Netherlands)

Last 16

52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Istavan Szaka (Hungary)

51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) v Charley Davison (Team Great Britain)

57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Hamsat Shadolov (Germany) or Anton Charnamaz (Belarus)

March 17

Last 16

57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Melissa Morensen (Denmark) or Mona Mestian France)

60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Aneta Rygielska (Poland) or Paula Cosmo (Romania)

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Angela Carina (Italy)

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Viktoriya Kebikava (Belarus)

March 18

Last 16

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Petar Belberov (Bulgaria)



(Olympic qualification standard in brackets)


52kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s, Antrim) Cpt (Top 8)

57kg Kurt Walker (Canal, Antrim) (Top 8)

63kg George Bates (St Mary’s, Dublin) (Top 8)

69kg Aidan Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim) (Top 6)

75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise, Laois) (Top 6)

81kg Emmett Brennan (Dublin Docklands) (Top 6)

91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield, Dublin) (Top 4)

91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel, Tipperary) (Top 4)


51kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road, Belfast) (Top 6)

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim) (Top 6)

60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s, Dublin) (Top 6)

69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s, Cork, Garda BC) (Top 5)

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea, Roscommon) (Top 4)

High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Coaches: Zaur Antia, John Conlan, Dmitry Dimitruk


"Dream Big" - Basketball Ireland marks International Women’s Day 2020 with launch of new Women in Sport campaign


Basketball Ireland is marking International Women’s Day 2020 today by urging all young players to dream big with the launch of their new Women in Sport campaign “She Got Game”.


The campaign is aimed at female players aged 12-17 and aims to encourage them to get out and participate in, support and promote Irish women’s basketball.

Speaking about the campaign, Basketball Ireland Women in Sport lead, Mary McGuire, stated: “We are thrilled to launch our new campaign on International Women’s Day. Today’s video tracks the journey of a young, aspiring basketball player who has some superb female role models within the game to look up to and aspire to be as she takes the first step on the player pathway. This is just the start of a wider women in sport campaign, with everything leading towards our big ‘She Got Game’ camp and conference at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on May 2nd.”





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