Irish squad with Ryan Burnett at National Stadium


Current IBF World bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett was at Dublin’s National Stadium today to wish Team Ireland the best of luck at the European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Burnett, who claimed Olympic Youth gold and World Youth silver for Ireland in 2010 in Singapore and Azerbaijan, expressed confidence that the Girls in Green will do well in Sofia.

The Irish squad trained at the Centre of Excellence in Abbotstown on Wednesday and had a technical session with head coach Zaur Antia. Ireland’s chief seconds said he was very impressed with the standard displayed by all the team.

Irish Team Manager Bernie Harold with Ryan Burnett

Beijing 2008 Olympian and European Elite bronze medallist John Joe Joyce assisted in a number of sessions and advised the squad about self belief and dealing with setbacks.

Larry Morrison, IABA Anti-Doping officer, spoke to the 16-strong panel on current Anti Doping protocols.

Team Ireland leave for Sofia early tomorrow morning via Dublin Airport.

The draw for the European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships will be held at 9am Monday morning. Preliminary round boxing commences on Monday afternoon.

Sofia is two hours ahead of Ireland.

EUBC European Women’s Youth & Junior Championships Sofia, Bulgaria July 2nd/10th

Irish Squad

48kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata)
51kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Carndonagh)
60kg Marguerita Nevin (St.Brigid’s, Kildare)
63kg Katelynn Phelan (St.Brigid’s, Kildare)
69kg Shannon Reilly (Bray)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St.Brigid’s, Edenderry)

46kg Ciara Brien (St David’s, Naas)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
50kg Catherine Blaney (Navan)
52kg Mary Kate Nevin (Elite, Mullingar)
54kg Chloe McDaid (Illies, Golden Gloves)
57kg Niamh Fay (Bracken)
63kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
75kg Aoibhe Carabine (Geesala)

Team Manager: Bernie Harold
Coaches: Jimmy Payne Ger McDaid, Antoinette Faye-McClean, Liam Brereton
R & J: John Casey