Team Ireland Win A Record 8 European Youth Championship Medals.

Team Ireland’s Patsy Joyce contesting his quarter final/Bulgarian Boxing Federation

It was a record-breaking day for Team Ireland at the European Youth Championships in Sofia, Buglaria.

Going in to Day 6, 5 Irish boxers had qualified for their respective semi-finals and were guaranteed at least a bronze medal – Laura Moran, Georgia McGovern, Katie O’Keeffe, Cliona D’Arcy and Dearbhla Tinnelly. 6 Team Ireland boxers were in Quarter Final action today, and 3 will come home with podium finishes. The previous record medal haul by Team Ireland at a European Youth tournament was 7, although the path to history-making today was not a smooth one.

Controversy arose in Ring A’s bout 10, when Ireland’s Winne McDonagh boxed Yulha Filpova of Ukraine; she contested very strongly throughout her bout, but the decision was given to the Ukrainian, who was docked a point in the final round. The Team Ireland delegation appealed the award of the bout to Ukraine by three judges. . It’s been confirmed this evening by Team Manager, Anna Moore, that Ireland’s appeal was upheld by the review panel, and Winnie will claim at least bronze and will contest her semi final tomorrow.

48kg Patsy Joyce was dominant throughout his bout, Ukraine’s Vladislav Kondratuk of Ukraine and became the first Irish boxer of the day to win through to the semis. He’ll come home with at least a bronze medal.

Contesting at 67kg, Jim Donovan left it all in the ring in a battle with Kagan Kanlibilge of Turkey, and doesn’t progress by the narrowest of margins – a split decision. At 57kg, a similar fate befell John Donoghue in his contest against Marwan Mouflihi of France. John lost out on a 4-1 split decision.

At 66kg Gabrielle Monagan met a significantly taller opponent in her strongly contested quarter final in Maely Richols of France. The unanimous decision went to the French boxer

Team Co-Captain, Bobbi Flood, has also won through to his 71kg semi final, courtesy of a classy display in his contest against Mijan Cumac of Germany, which included a standing count in Round 2 for the German boxer

Team Ireland’s Bobbi Flood in action in his Quarter Final.

European Youth Semi-Finals

Ring A, Afternoon Session

Bout 2: 48kg Patsy Joyce V Kanan Babayev of Azerbaijan

Bout 8: 48kg Georgia Dunn McGovern V Filiz Isik of Turkey

Bout 12: 70kg Laura Moran V Oliwia Marta Czerwinska of Poland

Bout 14: 81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly V Sofia Stigen Sorensen

Ring B, Afternoon Session

Bout 11: 63kg Winnie McDonagh V Valentina Marra of Italy

Ring A, Evening Session

Bout 8: 50kg Katie O’Keeffe V Jessica Vollmann of Germany

Ring B, Evening Session

Bout 4: 71kg Bobbi Flood v Mirko Sarcevic, MNE

Bout 11: 81kg+ Cliona D’Arcy V Maja Weronika Bochen of Poland.

The EUBC is streaming the tournament on its YouTube channel – links, per ring and session, will be issued on Wednesday morning:

Team Ireland Squad:
48kg: Georgia McGovern, Setanta              

48kg: Patsy Joyce, Olympic                           

50kg: Katie O’Keefe, Kanturk                 

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              

63.5kg: Tom McDonnell, Docklands                             

66kg: Gabrielle Mongan, Whitechurch          

67kg: Jim Donovan, Our Lady of Lourdes

70kg: Laura Moran, St Annes

71kg: Bobbi Flood, Cabra: Team Captain.                                   

75kg: Emma Keating, Paulstown                            

75kg: Joshua Olaniyan, Jobstown                             

80kg: Ryan Murphy, Neilstown                             

81kg: Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa     

81+kg: Cliona Darcy, Tobar Pheadair   

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 

Team Ireland at ringside on the second day of quarter finals/Bulgarian Boxing Federation

Tournament Schedule

Draw sheets for all Team Ireland boxers are available here

Day One Session results are here

Day Two Session results are here

Day Three Session results are here

Day Four Session results are here

Session 21 results

Session 22 results

Session 23 results

Session 24 results

Credit: Bulgarian Boxing Federation