Kellie Harrington (red)

A ten-strong Irish squad has been named for the 72nd Standja Multi-Nations in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Boxing begins next Tuesday in the Bulgaria capital.

Please click here for invitation letter for one of Europe’s oldest multi-nation competitions.

Ireland is doubling up in the men’s and women’s flyweight classes, with Tokyo Olympin Brendan Irvine and Niamh Earley lining out at 51kg and 52kg.

Euopean champion Aoife O’Rourke boxes at middleweight.

Former World Elite champion Kellie Harrington lines out at lightweight, with brother and sister Aidan Walsh and Michaela, George Bates, Emmet Brennan, Kiril Afanasev and Gytis Lisinskas also in the mix.

Team Ireland are building toward the European quaifiers for the Tokyo Olympics in a host city to be confirmed in April.

Strandja Multi-Nations Sofia, Bulgaria February 21/28

Irish squad

51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston BC)
52kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s BC)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown BC)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s BC)
60kg George Bates (St Mary’s BC)
69kg Aidan Walsh (Monkstown BC)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea BC)
81kg Emmett Brennan (Dublin Docklands)
91kg Kirill Afanasev (Smithfield BC)
91+kg Gytis Lisinskas (Celtic Eagles BC)

Team Manager:Bernard Dunne

Coaches: Zauri Antia, John Conlan, Dmitry Dmitruk

Physio: Lorcan McGee