Welcome to the IABA

The Home of Irish Boxing

Established in 1911, The Irish Athletic Boxing Association’s (IABA) main role is to develop, foster and control amateur boxing in the 32 counties of Ireland. The IABA is committed to provide the Environment, in which support and opportunities given to our athletes, coaches and clubs excel, and in doing so to increase participation and improve performance in Irish Boxing. The IABA operates from the National Stadium in Dublin, the only purpose built amateur boxing stadium in the world and there are currently over 360 clubs affiliated to the association across the Island of Ireland. It is a volunteer led organisation where the hard work, dedication and significant time afforded by each member has contributed to the growing success of the sport in Ireland. The sport of boxing flourished in the 1920’s as the newly formed Government viewed Boxing as an ideal way to promote the fledging Country and gain International recognition.

Our Vision

“To be Ireland’s leading Olympic Sport, to inspire Ireland to participate in boxing and to achieve international success”

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Our Mission

To foster a culture and an environment that nurtures participation, identifies talent and supports all within the boxing family to reach our full potential.


Our Values

The IABA endeavours to operate as a team in a effective and transparent manner by being:

Respect – We respect each other and listen to each others’ view point

Trust – We trust each other and work in the best interests of Irish boxing

Inclusion – We welcome everybody to take part in boxing from all communities

Excellence – We strive for excellence in everything we do

Teamwork – We are one team inside and outside the ring

Integrity – We are honest, transparent, open and accountable

Leadership – We set the direction, bring people with us and engage


The Most Successful Irish Olympic Sport

Boxing is Ireland’s most successful Olympic Sport with 16 medalists won out of total 31 Olympic medals in the history.