National Stadium 5

National Stadium

The National Stadium, the first purpose built boxing venue in the world in 1939, has hosted many historic events.

Friday evening will be another such occasion in Dublin.

Ireland take on England in a first ever Schoolgirls international.Top prospects from both countries are slated to battle it out for home nation supremacy.

IABA President Pat Ryan believes Friday’s meeting can only improve Ireland’s prospects on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.

“We are delighted to host this international meeting with England at the National Stadium and we’re all very much looking forward to what is an historic first, he said.

“Our female boxers have also secured medals at all levels in Olympic, World and European competition and are a tremendous source of pride to the Association.

“We can see the talent consistently emerging from our clubs who deserve enormous credit.Hundreds of young our boxers entered the Girls Championships this year. It is a very exciting time for the sport.”

Amanda Coulson, England Talent Lead coach, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for a team of talented boxers to gain valuable international experience.

“England’s schoolgirls won eight gold medals at the GB Schools Three Nations, and there were some exceptional performances at this year’s Schools Championships, so I’m looking forward to seeing the boxers in action against Ireland.

Friday’s weigh-in will be held between 1-2pm in the Ringside Club adjacent to the National Stadium. Athletes must bring their record books.

QP offer


Boxing begins at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available on the door.

€5 for Children U/14 and €10 for Adults

Club deals are  also available – 20 entry for €60 (Terms and conditions apply)

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Ireland versus England (7.30pm)

(Provisional match ups)

40kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale BC) v  Alex Brown (Newbiggin)

44kg Saoirse Morrissey (Setanta BC) v Gaynor French (North Road)

46kg Chloe McDaid (Illies GG BC) v  Maria Edwards (Collyhurst and Moston)

46kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart BC)  v  Jessica Pattinson (Alnwick)

48kg Meghan Lehane (Rylane BC) v Sameenah Toussaint (Norholt)

50kg Linda Desmond (Rylane BC)  v Sophie Morton (Droitwich)

52kg Zoe McGlone (Emerald BC) v Jude English (Hamer)

54kg Rebecca Touhy  (Esker BC)  v Danielle Marshall (Hartlepool Catholic)

57kg Charlie Horgan (Ryston BC) v  Brook Eaton (Five Star)

63kg Keisha Atwell (Ennis BC)  v Emily Asquith (Bridlington)