The Ambassadors. A twin portrait of Katie Taylor and Alana Nihel by Irish artist Paul MacCormaic


Happy International Women’s Day from the IABA.

Irish female boxing has delivered a handsome – and historic – haul of medals this century, including the big one, Olympic gold.

Katie Taylor, a multiple World, European Elite, European Games and European Union champion, topped the podium at London 2012 after beating her great rival Sofya Ochigava amid frenetic and emotional scenes in the English capital.

It remains the only Olympic gold medal Ireland has won in any sport this century.

Taylor and Alana Nihel, pictured above, met in the first officially IABA sanctioned women’s bout at Dublin’s National Stadium in 2001.

World Elite finalist Kellie Harrington and European Elite bronze medallists Clare Grace and World Youth finalist Christina Desmond impressed, while Michaela Walsh claimed EU Union Elite gold, Harrington silver and Grainne Walsh bronze last year.

Ciara Ginty, the 2013 World Junior champion and World Junior Female Boxer of the Year, has also taken home Olympic Youth silver.

Amy Broadhurst has the distinction of winning European Youth and Junior titles – and an EU Junior belt.

Remarkable achievements by a remarkable collection of athletes at all levels from Elite to Junior.

Irish (Female) Medals In Olympic,World and European Competition.


London 2012: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold

World Women’s Elite Championships

2006 India: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2008 China: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2010 Barbados: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2012 China: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2014 Korea: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2016 Kazakhstan: 64kg Kellie Harrington Silver, 60kg Katie Taylor Bronze

European Women’s Elite Championships

2005 Norway: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2006 Poland: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2007 Denmark: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2009 Ukraine: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2011 Netherlands: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2014 Romania: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold, 69kg Clare Grace Bronze
2016 Bulgaria: 75kg Christina Desmond Bronze

European Games

2015 Azerbaijan: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold

European Union Women’s Elite Championships

2006 Italy: 63kg Alanna Murphy Bronze
2008 Liverpool: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold, 50kg Debbie Rogers Bronze
2009 Bulgaria: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2010 Hungary: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold
2011 Poland: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold, 69kg Louise Traynor Bronze, 81kg Laura O’Neill Bronze
2013 Hungary: 60kg Katie Taylor Gold, 69kg Clare Grace Bronze
2017 Italy: 54kg Michaela Walsh Gold, 60kg Kellie Harrington Silver, 69kg Grainne Walsh Bronze

Olympic Youths

China 2014: 60kg Ciara Ginty Silver

World Women’s Youth Championships

2011 Turkey: 48kg Katie Rowland Bronze, 57kg Michaela Walsh Bronze
2013 Bulgaria: 69kg Christina Desmond Silver
2015 China: 54kg Natasha Logan Bronze
2017 India: 48kg Caitlin Fryers Bronze, 64kg Katelyn Phelan Bronze

World Women’s Junior Championships

2011 Turkey: 60kg Austeja Accuieta Bronze
2013 Bulgaria: 60kg Ciara Ginty Gold, 48kg Jacqui Lynch Bronze
2015 China: 52kg Niamh Earley Silver, 50kg Kelsey Leonard Bronze, 66kg Joanne Richards Bronze

European Women’s Youth Championships

2014 Italy: 51kg Kristina O’Hara Silver, 60kg Cheyanne O’Neill Silver, 57kg Amy Broadhurst Silver, 48kg Lauren Hogan Bronze
2016 Hungary: 57kg Amy Broadhurst Gold, 69kg Saoirse Dignam Bronze
2017 Bulgaria: 48kg Caitlin Fryers Silver, 75kg Lauren Kelly Bronze

European Women’s Junior Championships

2012 Poland: 57kg Amy Broadhurst Gold, 70kg Sally Carrig Bronze, 75kg Niamh Folan Bronze
2014 Italy 54kg: Shaneen Flynn Silver, 46kg Shauna Blaney Bronze, 60kg Shannon Reilly Bronze, 70kg Aoife Burke Bronze
2015 Hungary: 60kg Shauna O’Callaghan Silver, 46kg Chloe Callander Bronze, 48kg Caitlin Fryers Bronze, 50kg Kelsey Leonard Bronze, 57kg Orla Garvey Bronze, 63kg Katelyn Phelan Bronze
2017 Sofia: 48kg Daina Moorehouse Gold, 75kg Aoibhe Carrabine Gold, 46kg Ciara Breen Bronze 50kg, Catherine Blaney Bronze

European Union Women’s Youth/Junior Championships

2013 Hungary
Youth: 48kg Kristina O’Hara Gold, 57kg Niamh Ball Silver, 54kg Christine Gargan Bronze, 69kg Christina Desmond Bronze
Junior: 54kg Grainne Gavin Gold, 57kg Amy Broadhurst Gold, 63kg Ciara Sheedy Silver, 60kg Ciara Ginty Bronze, 66kg Leah Doyle-Roche Bronze