Ireland win 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze at the European Youth Championship.

Ireland will return from the European Youth Championships in Porec, Croatia with 3 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronze medal – and the 3rd place team trophy.

52kg Grace Conway Dowling, of Tredagh BC, Louth, was up on Sunday, contesting against Taisiia Pokusai of Ukraine. Grace showed great skill and pluck in a testy bout – and faced an agonising wait for the decision, when a bout review was instituted. The 5-2 decision was in favour of Pokusai. Grace comes home with silver following an excellent tournament.

Team Co-Captain 63kg Ava Henry, of Dublin Docklands BC, stepped between the ropes in Bout 6, against Ukraine’s Yulia Stupakova. Ava was dominant from the first bell, and throughout the bout. She became a two time European gold medalist when the 5-0 result for the boxer in blue was announced. Ava’s first European gold came at the 2022 European Junior Championships. In the subsequent bout, 66kg Kyla Doyle Byrne of Whitechurch BC, Dublin took on Romania’s Amalia Tugui – and again, faced a long wait after the last bell to find out her fate after a bout review. The 5-2 decision declared her a European champion. Team Co-Captain, 92+kg Adam Olaniyan, had to wait until the last bout of the tournament to box for gold – he contest in Bout 13 of the Evening Session, against Armenia’s Misak Tepanyan. Adam was assured, throughout, and the more skillful boxer. His was a 5-0 win.

Bestowed with their bronze medals today were 71kg Tadgh O’Donnell and 63.5kg Ryan Jenkins.

33 countries and 330 boxers are contesting the competition, in Porec, Croatia. Participation federations are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, IBA – B, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

Ireland has a highly successful recent history at the tournament – the 2022 team won more medals at this competition that any other Team Ireland Youth squad contesting a European level tournament. They came home with 3 gold for Team Co-Captain, 71kg Bobbi Flood, 81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly and 81+kg Cliona D’arcy, a silver for 70kg Laura Moran and 3 bronze for 48kg boxers Georgia Dunn McGovern and Patsy Joyce, 50kg Katie O’Keeffe, and 63kg Winnie McDonagh.



48kg Tiffany Spencer, Jobstown BC, Dublin

50kg Carlagh Peake, Ballyhaunis BC, Mayo.

52kg Grace Conway Dowling, Tredagh BC, Louth

54kg Nicole Kinsella, St. Mary’s BC, NR, Wexford

63kg Ava Henry, Dublin Docklands BC.

66kg Kyla Doyle Byrne, Whitechurch BC, Dublin

48kg Scott Thompson, Spartans BC, Antrim

51kg Jamie Collins, Drimnagh BC, Dublin

54kg Kai Ducque, Avona BC, Dublin

57kg Martin McDonagh, Avona BC, Dublin.

60kg Jack Johnson, Marble City BC, Kilkenny

63.5kg Ryan Jenkins, Olympic BC, Westmeath

67kg Ryan Connolly, Setanta BC, Kildare.

71kg Tadhg O’Donnell, Four Kings BC, Wicklow.

92+kg Adam Olaniyan, Jobstown BC, Dublin.

Team Manager: Anna Moore

Coach: Liam Cunningham

Coach: Amanda Spencer

Coach: Garry Kehoe

Coach: Ralph McKay

R&J: Stephen Kelly

Draws are available here

Day One results are available here

Day Two results are available here

Day Three results are available here

Day Four results are available here

Day Five results are available here

Day Six results are available here

Day Seven results are available here

Day Eight results are available here

Semi-Final results are available here