Irish boxing is guaranteed a record-breaking 18 medals at the 2019 European Schoolboy/girl Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Irish male captain Roy Colgan, Laurence Connors, Michael McCarthy and Caolan Devlin joined their compatriots in Friday’s semi-finals following another hectic day of action for Ireland’s athletes, coaches and staff with 23 Irish boxers between the ropes over the last 24 hours in the Georgian capital.

Colgan recorded a convincing win over Tom Odlozik of the Czech Republic in the 43kg class and Devlin was always in control versus Azeri middleweight Islam Huseynli.

McCarthy finished off the day on a winning note in a lively Celtic derby with Scotland’s Cian Govan. The Irish light-welter was giving away considerable height and reach advantage but sealed the win after forcing Givan into a count in the last frame.

Earlier, Connors impressed en route to chalking up Ireland’s first victory of the afternoon on a split decision over Dutch bantam Sven Cuppen.

Kai Griffin, Kyle Smith, Blaine Fitzgerald, James O’Reilly, Cole Byrne, Patrick Stokes and Patrick Stapleton lost out today.

Three of those calls – Griffin, Smith and Stapleton – were on 3-2 splits and could have gone either way.

Thursday is a competitive rest day in Tbilisi with the semi-finals slated for Friday. The finals will be decided on Saturday and Sunday.

The Irish squad will have a training session tomorrow ahead of Friday’s contests for places – and  guaranteed silver – in the weekend’s finals.

Team managers Stephen Connolly and Jennifer O’Sullivan praised the performances of the entire squad and coaching staff today and remarked the team will take a lot of confidence from performances so far going into another massive European weekend for Irish boxing.



2019 European Schoolboy/girls Championships Tbilisi, Georgia

August 7


38.5kg Kai Griffin (Ireland) lost to Luka Tsuleiskirl (Georgia) 2-3
40kg Roy Colgan (Ireland) beat Tom Odlozilik (Czech Rep) 5-0
43kg Kyle Smith (Ireland) lost to Yehor Kirylus (Ukraine) 2-3
46kg Blaine Fitzgerald O’Sullivan (Ireland) lost to Arman Miskaryan (Armenia) 0-5
48kg Padraig Stapleton (Ireland) lost Anatolli Yem (Ukraine) 2-3
50kg James O’Reilly Thornhill (Ireland) lost to Hlib Hryhorian (Ukraine) 0-5
54kg Cole Byrne (Ireland) lost to Narek Nersisyan (Armenia) 0-5
56kg Laurence Connors (Ireland) beat Sven Cuppen (Netherlands) 3-2
59kg Patrick Stokes (Ireland) lost to Danil Afanasyeu (Belarus) 0-5
62kg Micheal McCarthy (Ireland) beat Kian Govan (Scotland) 5-0
76kg Caolan Devlin (Ireland) beat Islam Huseynli (Azerbaijan) 5-0

August 9


36kg Carlagh Mullarney (Ireland) v Sophie Harker (England)
38kg Caoimhe Kinsella (Ireland) v Tamar Samelia (Georgia)
40kg Shakira McCrudden (Ireland) v Laila Abdullatif (Cyprus)
40kg Roy Colgan (Ireland) v Murad Tagin (Georgia)
41,5kg Sean Tyndall (Ireland) v Vitas Hartsuyeu (Belarus)
42kg Katie O’Keeffe (Ireland) v Ferraris Matiloe (Italy)
44kg Esther Lambe (Ireland) v Akdi Cansu (Turkey)
46kg Carleigh Irving (Ireland) v Jessica Keeton (England)
48kg Nora Jackman (Ireland) v Alice Pumprey (England)
51kg Georgia McGovern (Ireland) v Silvija Karavackaite (Lithuania)
56kg Laurence Connors (Ireland) v Arthur Mkrtchyen (Armenia)
57kg Alicia King (Ireland) v Luisa Acconcia (Italy)
60kg Gabrielle Mongan (Ireland) v Louis Briggs (England)
62kg Micheal McCarthy (Ireland) v Mikita Bruyev (Belarus)
68kg Thomas Ward (Ireland) v Ethan Moore (England)
64kg Ava Rose Lyndon (Ireland) v Sudenaz Balioglu (Turkey)
76kg Caolan Devlin (Ireland) v Mateo Pejic (Croatia)
90kg Adam Olaniyan (Ireland) v Alex Ardeieanu (Romania)

Results so far

August 6


41,5kg Sean Tyndall (Ireland) beat Matko Stojanovic (Croatia) RSC2
42kg Katie O’Keeffe (Ireland) beat Jocelyn Kilkenny (England) 5-0
44kg Esther Lambe (Ireland) beat Miria Rossetti (Italy) 5-0
46kg Carleigh Irving (Ireland) beat Pinar Ozkan (Turkey) 4-1
48kg Nora Jackman (Ireland) beat Dragana Jovanovic (Serbia) 5-0
52kg Lee McEvoy (Ireland) lost to Demur Kajaia (Georgia) 0-5
54kg Niamh Keogh (Ireland) lost to Izabel Devenyi (Hungary) 0-5
68kg Thomas Ward (Ireland) beat Yahor Prudnikau (Belarus) 5-0
70kg Breanna Ryan Tobin (Ireland) lost to Tatia Bukia (Georgia) 0-5
90kg Adam Olaniyan (Ireland) beat Avetik Hovakimyan (Armenia) 5-0
80kg Bernard Cawley (Ireland) lost to Yehor Harutyunyan (Ukraine) 0-5
90kg+ Danny O’Brien (Ireland) lost to Lovro Pavcec (Croatia) 0-5

August 5

Last 16

38.5kg Kai Griffin (Ireland) beat Fjodor Kamanin (Spain) 5-0
40kg Roy Colgan (Ireland) beat Ellul Cayden (Malta) RSC2
43kg Kyle Smith (Ireland) beat Saoeha Yaroslav (Belarus) 5-0
48kg Padraig Stapleton (Ireland) beat Georgios Pleas (Greece) 5-0
54kg Cole Byrne (Ireland) beat Gasimili Mehman (Azerbaijan) 5-0
56kg Laurence Connors (Ireland) beat Fuad Babayev (Azerbaijan) 5-0
72kg Ryan Collins (Ireland) lost to Oleksii Stepanov (Ukraine) 1-4

August 4

Last 16

44.5kg Malo Davis (Ireland) lost to Kiril Bazhenov (Ukraine) 0-5
52kg Lee McEvoy (Ireland) beat Antonio Hauer (Czech Republic) 5-0

Last 32

54kg Cole Byrne (Ireland) beat Dan Sablinski (Lithuania) 5-0

Irish squad


38.5kg Kai Ducque Griffin (Drimnagh)
40kg Roy Farrelly Colgan (Avona) Captain (Bronze, at least)
41.5kg Sean Tyndall (Dublin Docklands) (Bronze, at least)
43kg Kyle Thomas Smith (Holy Trinity)
44.5kg Malo Davis (Monkstown Dublin)
46kg Blaine Fitzgerald O’Sullivan (Corinthians)
48kg Padraig Flynn Stapleton (Monkstown Dublin)
50kg James O’Reilly Thornhill (Togher)
52kg Lee McEvoy (Avona)
54kg Cole Byrne (Enniskerry)
56kg Laurence Connors (St Mary’s Dublin) (Bronze, at least)
59kg Patrick Stokes (St Johns Derry)
62kg Micheal McCarthy (Urlingford) (Bronze, at least)
68kg Thomas Ward (Carrickmore) Vice Captain (Bronze, at least)
72kg Ryan Collins Murphy (Neilstown)
76kg Caolan Devlin (Mark Heagney) (Bronze, at least)
80kg Bernard Cawley (St Davids Naas)
90kg Adam Olaniyan (Jobstown) (Bronze, at least)
90kg+ Danny O’Brien (Shadows)


36kg Carlagh Mullarney (Ballyhaunis) (Bronze, at least)
38kg Caoimhe Kinsella (St Anthony’s Pats) (Bronze, at least)
40kg Shakira McCrudden (Riverside) (Bronze, at least)
42kg Katie O’Keeffe (Kanturk) (Bronze, at least)
44kg Esther Lambe (Setanta) (Bronze, at least)
46kg Carleigh Irving (Illies Golden Gloves) (Bronze, at least)
48kg Nora Jackman (Paulstown) (Bronze, at least)
51kg Georgia Dunne McGovern (Drimnagh) Captain (Bronze, at least)
54kg Niamh Keogh (Olympic Mullingar)
57kg Alicia King (Ratoath Golden Gloves) (Bronze, at least)
60kg Gabrielle Mongan (Whitechurch) (Bronze, at least)
64kg Ava Rose Henry Lyndon (Glin) Vice Captain (Bronze, at least)
70kg Breanna Ryan Tobin (Spartan)


IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke (St Michaels Athy)

Team Managers: Stephen Connolly (Curragh) & Jennifer O’Sullivan (Sliabh Luachra)

Coaches: Eve Carr (St Michaels Athy),Patrick Gallagher (Maynooth), James O’Neill (Clann Naofa),Martin Donovan (O.L.O.L.),Killian Walsh (Dungarvan), Paul Archbold (St Davids Naas)

Referee/Judge: Martin O’Neill (St Saviours OBA)