Team Ireland arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria last night for the Strandja multi-nations.

The 71st edition of the tournament begins tomorrow, January 21.

The draw will be made this evening.

Ireland are using a 17-strong squad which includes former (2018) World champion Kellie Harrington and current European champions Kurt Walker and Aoife O’Rourke.

The squad are doubling up in six weights at the 29-nation competition.

Strandja Multi-Nations Sofia, Bulgaria January 20/25

Irish squad


51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan) and Carly McNaul (Holy Family)

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim)

60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s) and Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)

69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)


57kg Kurt Walker (Canal) and Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott)

63kg George Bates (St Mary’s) and Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)

69kg Aidan Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim) and Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)

75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)

81kg Emmet Brennan (Dublin Docklands)

91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)

91kg+ Antoine O’Griofa (Celtic Eagles)


High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Coaches: Zaur Antia, John Conlan, Dmitry Dimitruk, JP Kinsella

Physio: Lorcan McGee

Physiologist: Damien Martin

R&J: Jim Murrin