Team Ireland Head Coach Zauri Antia Congratulates Record-Breaking European Youth Championships Team

Team Ireland’s Head Coach, Zauri Antia, has praised the incredible achievements of Ireland’s record breaking European Youth Championship team.

Irish boxers won 3 gold medals at the European Youth Championships in Sofia, Buglaria.

400 boxers, from 40 nations, contested the tournament, which began last Thursday.

The Irish 2022 team has won more medals at this competition that any other Team Ireland Youth squad contesting a European level tournament.

Going in to yesterday’s finals, Ireland had four bronze medals, courtesy of 48kg boxers Georgia Dunn McGovern and Patsy Joyce, 50kg Katie O’Keeffe, and 63kg Winnie McDonagh.

Four boxers contested the finals. 70kg Laura Moran, who boxed Veronika Nakota of Ukraine, is coming home with a silver medal. Bringing home gold are Team Co-Captain, 71kg Bobbi Flood, 81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly and 81+kg Cliona D’arcy.

Speaking from a training camp with the Italian Federation in Assisi, Ireland Head Coach, Zauri Antia, has extended his heartfelt congratulations to the record-breaking team, whose Head Coach, James Doyle, is a High-Performance Unit Pool Coach.

Zauri has noted the team’s remarkable success in winning 8 medals, 3 of them gold. He says this result, and the “overall performance of every one of 24 Team Ireland boxers, is testament to Head Coach/HPU Pool Coach James Doyle, and in particular, the boxer’s clubs and club coaches, the boxers’ own commitment to their sport and the support given to them by the families and club mates. “ He adds the team’s achievements bodes “very well for success of these boxers in the future”. He adds “all Team Ireland members in Sofia showed great team spirit, and it is wonderful that Ireland was awarded bronze Team of the Tournament.”

Team Ireland Head Coach, Zauri Antia, in Assisi.

The team returned to Dublin this morning.

Team Ireland Squad:
48kg: Georgia McGovern, Setanta : Bronze Medallist              

48kg: Patsy Joyce, Olympic: Bronze Medallist                          

50kg: Katie O’Keefe, Kanturk : Bronze Medallist                  

51kg: Adam McKenna, Holy Family          

52kg: Esther Lambe, Setanta

54kg: Shakira Donoghue, Templemore 

54kg: Gavin Ryan, Ratoath                        

57kg: Yasmin Meredith, Corinthians: Team Captain        

57kg: John Donoghue, St Michaels Athy

60kg: Jason Nevin, Olympic

63kg: Winnie McDonagh, Neilstown : Bronze Medallist               

63.5kg: Tom McDonnell, Docklands                             

66kg: Gabrielle Mongan, Whitechurch          

67kg: Jim Donovan, Our Lady of Lourdes

70kg: Laura Moran, St Annes: Silver medallist

71kg: Bobbi Flood, Cabra: Team Captain: Gold medallist                               

75kg: Emma Keating, Paulstown                            

75kg: Joshua Olaniyan, Jobstown                             

80kg: Ryan Murphy, Neilstown                             

81kg: Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa: Gold medallist      

81+kg: Cliona Darcy, Tobar Pheadair: Gold medallist    

86kg: Nathan Ojo, Esker

92kg: David J McDonagh, Olympic               

92+kg: Bernie Cawley, St David’s, Naas

Team Manager:          

Anna Moore 


James Doyle 

Liam Cunningham 

Aoife Hennigan 

Gerard McDaid 

Jim O’Neill

R & J:                          

Martin O’Neill