Michael Connors & James Donovan

Ireland’s talanted young boxers experienced mixed fortunes on Day 1 of the European Schoolboy/Girl Championships in Bulgaria today, with Michael Connors and James Donovan advancing to the last-eight but Lauren Moran bowing out.

Moran was involved in a toe-to-toe battle with Amy Briggs, the Mayo lightweight producing a massive performance in one of the bouts of the day –  but the English fighter edged the three-rounder on a 3-2 split.

Lauren Moran

Similarly, Michael Connors pulled out all the stops to see off Lithuania’s Nedas Grigorianas in the light-fly class while James Donovan showed his class to force Hungary’s Krisztian Balagh into a standing count in the first round en route to victory.

Irish captains Robyn Kelly & Cale Brennan

Irish team manager Jenn O’Sullivan and Martin Fenessey hailed the performances of the Irish trio this afternoon.

Seven Irish boxers are in action at the 27-nation tournament tomorrow.

Irish amateur boxing is prudly sponsored by Liffey Crane.

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

May 22nd

Last 16

60kg Lauren Moran (Ireland) lost to Abby Briggs (England) 2-3
48kg Michael Connors (Ireland) beat Nedas Grigorianas (Lithuania) 3-2
50kg James Donovan (Ireland) beat Krisztian Balagh (Hungary) 4-0

May 23rd

Last 16

41.5kg William Faulkner (Ireland) v Georgis Georgantzas (Greece)
43kg Jason Nevin (Ireland) v  Serghei Nova (Moldova)
46kg Cale Brennan (Ireland) v Denys Rosdolskyi (Ukraine)
52kg Brannon McMahon (Ireland) v Volodymyr Kamaieve (Ukraine) (Brannon is incorrectly listed as Team GBR on program)
54kg John Fay (Ireland) v Dovydas Paskevicius (Lithuania)
56kg James McGuinness (Ireland) v Iskren Mihaylov (Bulgaria)
59kg Thomas McAleer (Ireland) v Savelii Suprunets (Ukraine)


91kg Martin McDonagh (Ireland) v Kyrylo Novika (Ukraine)

May 24th

Last 16

38.5kg Martin Collins (Ireland) v Anton Salika (Belarus)
40kg Michael Faulkner (Ireland) v Gicha Gordulava (Georgia)
43kg Jason Nevin (Ireland) v  Serghei Nova (Moldova)
44.5kg Conor Donovan (Ireland) v Dominik Mucska (Hungary)
68kg Feidhlim Behan (Ireland) v Tymofii Krupko (Ukraine)


39kg Sophie Elstone (Ireland) v Polina Spirna (Russia)
42kg Nora Jackman (Ireland) v Viktoria Danielova (Slovakia)
45kg Robyn Kelly (Ireland) v Lyuba Atanasova (Bulgaria)
48kg Robyn Murran (Ireland) v Izabella Devenyi (Hungary)
51kg Labhaoise Glynn (Ireland) v Francesca Falconeri (Italy)
54kg Yasmin Meredith (Ireland) v Sophia Mazzoni (Italy)
57kg Kaci Crowley (Ireland) v Lucia Simulescu (Romania)

May 25th


48kg Michael Connors (Ireland) v aider Abduraimov (Ukraine)
50kg James Donovan (Ireland) v Dzhem Demirev (Bulgaria)
62kg Ryan Murphy (Ireland) v Armenia or Ukraine
65kg Joe Hutchinson (Ireland) v Irakli Janelidze (Georgia)
72kg Tyler Meade (Ireland) v Milon Tibic (Serbia)
76kg Curtis Darcy (Ireland) v Malyas Nagyos (Romania)
80kg Patrick McDonagh (Ireland) v Oleg Ilchenko (Ukraine)

May 26th


36kg Katie O’Keeffe (Ireland) v Renata Mingalimova (Russia)
63kg Winne Christina McDonagh (Ireland) v Sunniva Hofstad (Norway)
67kg Dearbhla Tinnelly (Ireland) v Alena Krinichnaia (Russia)
70kg Nasya McJin-Igelige (Ireland) v Karine Araptican (Ukraine)

Irish squad


38.5kg Martin Collins (Drimnagh)
40kg Michael Faulkner (Northside)
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.)
52kg Brannon McMahon (Carrickmore)
54kg John Fay (Swords)
56kg James McGuinness (St Monics)
59kg Thomas McAleer (Swords)
62kg Ryan Murphy (Neilstown)
65kg Joe Hutchinson (Neilstown)
68kg Feidhlim Behan (Kilcullen)
72kg Tyler Meade (Kilnamanagh)
76kg Curtis Darcy (Callan)
80kg Patrick McDonagh (St Josephs)
91kg Martin McDonagh (Ballyhaunis)


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

IABA President: Dominic O’Rouke

Team Managers: Martin Fennessey and Jennifer O’Sullivan

Coaches: Liam Brereton, Jim O’Neill, Eva Carr, John Gallagher, Tom Hayes

R&J: Brian Wallace