Brandon McCarthy

Team Ireland go into intensive training camp at the High-Performance Centre in Abbotstown early next week ahead of the opening bell for the AIBA World Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships in Hungary.

The IABA have named an 11-strong panel for the tournament which begins in Budapest on August 21.

Five of the squad – Daina Moorehouse, Caitlin Fryers, Jude Gallagher, Brandon McCarthy and Callum Walsh – are in action in Friday’s National U/18 finals at the Stadium.

Rebel County light-welter Walsh, a European Junior champion, meets Sacred Heart BC (Dublin) stand out Eric Byrne aiming for his 6th Irish belt.

“I’ll just have to stick to my game plan and get the job done. Winning my 6th Irish title would be a good confidence boost for the Worlds,” said the Cork teen (Riverstown BC).

Ireland go into training camp next Tuesday.

“We’re looking forward to getting the squad in after and getting a good training camp under our belts ahead of what will be a very tough and competitive tournament in Hungary,” said head coach Billy McClean.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) yesterday marked the 30-day milestone to the start of the inaugural Men’s and Women’s World Youths.

The AIBA announced in June that they were increasing quotas for Budapest from 244 to 300 for males and 174 to 200 for females.

“The next generation of boxing talents will be competing in the 5’000-capacity Duna Arena in pursuit of gold,” said the governing body for AOB boxing.

A new website has been launched for the tournament.

Ireland leave for Budapest on August 18.

Irish amateur boxing is proudly sponsored by Liffey Crane. 

World Men’s & Women’s Youth Championships Budapest, Hungary August 20/31

Irish squad


49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)

52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)

56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)

60kg Alex Higgins (Fr Horgans)

64kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)

69kg Edward Donovan (OLOL)


48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)

51kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata)

54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)

57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermot)

75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigid’s Edenderry)

Team manager: Stephen Connolly and Tara Mari Robins

Head coach: Billy McClean

Coaches: Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan, Anita Just

Physio: David Cooke