(Pictures of squad members and boxers today)
Irish female captain Robyn Kelly, Nora Jackman, Robyn Murran, Yasmin Meredith and Kaci Crowley advanced to the semi-finals of the 2018 European Schoolboy/Girl Championships in Albena, Bulgaria today.
The five join Katie O’Keeffe, Winne Christina McDonagh, Dearbhla Tinnelly and Nasya McJin-Igelige in the last-four.
All nine athletes are guaranteed at least bronze at the first joint male and female tournament at this level.
Today’s wins see Irish boxing move tantalisingly close to the all-time 100-medal mark at European Schools level since the inaugural competition at Rome 2003 where two-weight world champion Carl Frampton won silver for Ireland.
The haul, as of this afternoon, now stands at 98 medals in 15 years of Continental Schools competition.
Sophie Elstone and Labhaoise Glynn were also in last-eight action this afternoon but lost out. Big performances from both girls.
Martin Collins, Michael Faulkner, Conor Donovan and Feidhlim Behan are between the ropes in the 2nd session today. Boxing begins at 3.30pm.
European Schoolboy & Schoolgirl Championships Albena, Bulgaria May 21/30
38.5kg Martin Collins (Ireland) v Anton Salika (Belarus)
40kg Michael Faulkner (Ireland) v Gicha Gordulava (Georgia)
44.5kg Conor Donovan (Ireland) v Dominik Mucska (Hungary)
68kg Feidhlim Behan (Ireland) v Tymofii Krupko (Ukraine)
57kg Kaci Crowley (Ireland) beat Lucia Simulescu (Romania) 5-0
59kg Thomas McAleer (Ireland) lost to Savelii Suprunets (Ukraine) 0-5
91kg Martin McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Kyrylo Novika (Ukraine) 0-5
50kg James Donovan (Ireland) beat Krisztian Balagh (Hungary) 4-0
43kg Jason Nevin (Ireland) v Serghei Nova (Moldova)
80kg Patrick McDonagh (Ireland) v Oleg Ilchenko (Ukraine)
46kg Cale Brennan (Ireland) v Indir Vracic (Serbia)
42kg Nora Jackman (Ireland) v Daria Kostkinia (Russia) or Olena Hordiienko (Ukraine)
45kg Robyn Kelly (Ireland) v Alena Tremasova (Russia) or Riszt Andreea (Romania)
48kg Robyn Murran (Ireland) v Charan Dhesi (England) or Eliska Cihlorova (Czech Republic)
54kg Yasmin Meredith (Ireland) v Maria Mica (Romania)
57kg Kaci Crowley (Ireland) v Rosalia Cataldo (Italy)
70kg Nasya McJin-Igelige (Ireland) v Karine Araptican (Ukraine)
91kg Martin McDonagh (Ballyhaunis)
IABA President: Dominic O’Rouke