The 27 strong Team Ireland squad to contest the European Schools Championships will depart in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The tournament is being hosted by the Slovenian Boxing Federation in Maribor, from August 15th to 26th. The draw takes place on August 16th, and boxing begins on August 17th. In preparation for the tournament, the Irish team have been in camp with Squad Training and the National Stadium and have just returned from a training camp in Poland with that federation’s Schools team.
Central Council took the independent decision to field a team at this tournament at its meeting in July, following a review of all federations contesting previous underage European Championships this year. This review included the ongoing European Junior Championships, where competitor nations include Ukraine, England, Scotland and Wales.
Central Council is mindful of the fact that Irish athletes cannot contest against Russian or Belarussian athletes boxing under their own flag, and wanted to ensure there was as low a probability as possible of an Irish boxer being drawn against such an opponent.
Louise Joyce of Olympic BC, Westmeath and James Rooney of St John Bosco ABC, Belfast have been named Team Ireland’s flag-bearers for the European Schools Championships.
Team Ireland European School Championship Squad
36kg Louise Joyce (Olympic L)
40kg Kayleigh Hodnett(St Josephs L)
42kg Carley O’Herron (Rochfordbridge )
44kg Aleigha Murphy (Crumlin)
46kg Ella Archbold (Ballybrack)
48kg Paige Nickles (Banbridge)
51kg Ruth Dossen (Olympic Galway)
54kg Sophie Lawlor (Wexford CBS)
57kg Kaysie Joyce (Clonmel)
60kg Isabelle Hawkins (St Nicholas)
64kg Cassie Henderson (Phoenix Antrim)
70kg Ava Lannon (Dungarvan)
40kg Rylee Finn (St Nicholas )
42kg Comghnall Guerrine ( Sacred Heart D)
44kg Kalib Walsh ( Wexford CBS )
46kg Padraig Walsh ( Immaculata )
48kg Conan McSorley ( Two Castles )
50kg Jason Donoghue ( Olympic L )
52kg Kai Dynes Murphy (Immaculata)
54kg Darren O’Toole ( Enniskerry )
57kg James Rooney (St John Bosco ABC, Belfast)
63kg Darragh Ryan( Drimnagh )
66kg Peter McGee (St Conleths )
70kg Senan Kennedy ( Cabra )
75kg John Ward ( Monivea)
90kg Jake Fitzgerald (Dungarvan)
Team Manager: Bernadette Lannon
Team Manager: Francis Keeling
Coach: Lynne McEnery
Coach: Aoife Hennigan
Coach: Paul Simpson
Coach: Garry Kehoe
R&J: Martin O’Neill