Irish boxing has won 37 medals – 8 gold,11 silver and 18 bronze – in 183 days of top international competition this year.

The medals were claimed at the six tournaments – the  European U/22s, European Youths,  European Schools, World Youths, European Juniors and Olympic Youths since last April.

All European competitions – and the World Youths –  were doubling up as male and female meetings for the first time in 2018.

Ireland’s female boxers are leading the way against Europe’s finest.

Daina Moorehouse, Amy Broadhurst, Yasmin Meredith, Kaci Crowley, Winnie McDonagh, Ellie Mai-Gartland and Lauren Dempsey topped their respective podiums.

Michael Faulkner also won gold.

Two athletes, Dearbhla Rooney (silver and bronze) and Jude Gallagher (two bronze), have contributed four of the 2018 haul between them.

Rooney won bronze at the Youth Olympic in Buenos Aires last week to maintain Irish boxing’s proud tradition of have medalled at each Youth Olympics since the inaugural tournament in Singapore in 2010 where Ryan Burnett collected gold.

Ciara Ginty and Michael Gallagher took home silver and bronze from  the Olympic Youths in China in 2014.

Irish boxing prides itself on having won more medals (16) than all other Irish sports combined (15) at the Olympics.

Similarly, Irish boxing has won more medals (4) than all other Irish sports combined (3) at the Youth Olympics.

Meanwhile, the focus will now switch to male and female Elite competition at the AIBA World Women’s Championships in New Delhi, India (November 15/24) and the Men’s EU Elite Championships in Valladolid,Spain (November 8/19).

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European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy April 17/26

Medals table finish for Ireland – 5th

Irish squad

49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles) (Bronze)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow) (Silver)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)
60kg Alex Higgins (Fr Horgans)
64kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
69kg Edward Donovan (O.L.O.L.)
75kg Kane Tucker (Holy Family GG) Cpt
81kg Edward Barrett (Olympic)

48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry) (Gold)
51kg Caitlyn Fryers (Immaculata)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermott) (Silver)
60kg Aoibhe Ginty (Geesala)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa) (Silver)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigids Edenderry) Cpt (Bronze)
81kg Aoibhe Crabine (Geesala)

IABA President Dominic O’Rourke
Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell and Fiona Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan,Anita Just
R&J John Casey


European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships Targu Jiu, Romania March 24/April 2

Medals table finish for Ireland – 10th

Irish squad


75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) (Silver)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Gold)
57kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
48kg Shannon Sweeney (St Annes)


52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
56kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)

IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team manager: Anna Moore & Paddy Osborne
Head coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Eoin Pluck, Thomas Murray, Valerie Hamilton
R&J: Philip Rooney


European Schoolboy & Schoolgirl Championships Albena, Bulgaria May 21/30

Medals table finish for Ireland – 2nd

Irish squad


38.5kg Martin Collins (Drimnagh)
40kg Michael Faulkner (Northside) (Gold)
41.5kg William Faulkner (Rathkeale)
43kg Jason Nevin (Olympic Mullingar)
44.5kg Conor Donovan (Clonmel)
46kg Cale Brennan (St Michaels Athy) Cpt
48kg Michael Connors (St Marys Dublin)
50kg James Donovan (O.L.O.L.) (Silver)
52kg Brannon McMahon (Carrickmore)
54kg John Fay (Swords) (Bronze)
56kg James McGuinness (St Monicas)
59kg Thomas McAleer (Swords)
62kg Ryan Murphy (Neilstown)
65kg Joe Hutchinson (Neilstown)
68kg Feidhlim Behan (Kilcullen)
72kg Tyler Meade (Kilnamanagh) (Bronze)
76kg Curtis Darcy (Callan) (Silver)
80kg Patrick McDonagh (St Josephs)


36kg Katie O’Keeffe (Kanturk) (Bronze)
39kg Sophia Elstone (Ardnaree)
42kg Nora Jackman (Paulstown) (Bronze)
45kg Robyn Kelly (Ballynacargy) Cpt (Bronze)
48kg Robyn Murran (St Brigids Kildare) (Bronze)
51kg Labhaoise Glynn (Cloghan)
54kg Yasmin Meredith (Glasnevin) (Gold)
57kg Kaci Crowley (Erne) (Gold)
60kg Laura Moran (St Annes)
63kg Winne Christina McDonagh (Neilstown) (Gold)
67kg Dearbhla Tinnelly (Clann Naofa) (Silver)
70kg Nasya McJin-Igelige (Clann Naofa) (Silver)

IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team Managers: Martin Fennessey and Jennifer O’Sullivan
Coaches: Liam Brereton, Jim O’Neill, Eva Carr, John Gallagher, Tom Hayes
R&J: Brian Wallace


AIBA World Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Budapest, Hungary August 21/30

Medals Table Finish for Ireland –  Joint 18th

Irish squad


48kg Daina Moorhouse (Enniskerry)
51kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermot)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigid’s Edenderry) Cpt


49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles) Cpt (Bronze)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)

IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team managers: Stephen Connolly and Tara Mari Robins
Head coach: Billy McClean
Coaches: Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan, Anita Just
Physio: David Cooke

Youth Olympics 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina October 14/17

Medals table finish for Ireland: Joint 15th

(Ireland sport finished 71st in the 93-nation multi-sport event)


52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermitt BC) (Bronze)
75kg Pauren Kelly (St Brigid’s, Edenderry)

Coach: Dmitry Dimitruk

(Multi sport event. Medal won in box off)

European Junior Men’s and Women’s Championships Anapa, Russia October 8/16

Medals table finish for Ireland: 3rd

Irish squad


46kg Michael Donohue (St Michaels Athy) (Bronze)
48kg Michael Maughan (Olympic)
50kg Shane O’Brien (Raging Bull)
52kg John McConnell (Holy Trinity) (Bronze)
54kg Patrick Sweeney (Olympic)
57kg Barry O’Connor (Sliabh Luachra) (Bronze)
60kg Steven Cairns (Legacy)
63kg Taylor Quiney (Drimnagh)
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis)
75kg Jason Myers (Olympic)
80kg Patrick Myers (Sligo City) (Silver)
80+kg Bonvie Ndefi (Olympic Mullingar)


46kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale) (Bronze)
48kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart)
50kg Rachel Lawless (Portlaoise)
52kg Niamh Fay (Swords)
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Clonmel) (Gold)
57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ryston) (Gold)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Cloghan) (Silver)
63kg Leanne Murphy (Togher) (Bronze)
66kg Leah Gallen (Raphoe) (Bronze)
70kg Lisa O’Rourke (Castlerea) (Silver)
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (St Brigids Kildare) (Bronze)
80kg Bethany Doocey (Castlebar)
80+kg Kori Goad (Cahen Vale) (Bronze)

IABA President Dom O’Rourke

Team Managers: Anna Moore (St Francis) & Joe Hennigan (Connacht Council)


Billy McClean (High Performance)
Eve Carr (Enniskerry)
Liam Cunningham (Saints)
James Doyle (Monkstown Dublin)
Brian Barry (Riverstown)
Martin Donovan (Our Lady of Lourdes)

Referee/Judge: Aideen Floyd