Galway welter and Laois middle Kieran Molloy and Michael Nevin will be the first Irish boxers in action at the 2nd edition of the European Games in Minsk, Belarus.

The Irish pair meet Northern Macedonia and Team GB in the last 32 of the tournament at the Sports Palace in the Belarusian capital on Saturday.

World and EU Elite champions Kellie Harrington and Kurt Walker received byes into the quarter-finals and last sixteen. Harrington and Walker are seeded No. 1 and No.4 at the 2nd edition of the Games.

No Irish boxers will be between the ropes on the opening day of competition tomorrow.

Regan Buckley, James McGivern and Anthony Browne box Sunday, while Michaela Walsh, also an EU Elite champion, goes head-to-head with Romania on Monday.

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European Games 2019 Minsk, Belarus

June 22

Last 32

69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Goce Janeski (Northern Macedonia)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Mark Dickinson (Team GB)

June 23

Last 32 and 16

49kg Regan Buckley (Ireland) v Bator Sagalvev (Russia) (last 16)
64kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Michael Takacs (Slovakia) (last 32)
91kg Anthony Browne (Ireland) v Dzemal Bosnjak (Bosnia & Herzegovina) (last 16)

June 24

Last 16

56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Eusebiu Jitaru (Romania) or Zhirayr Saeqsyan (Armenia)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Lenuta Perijoc (Romania)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Rosie Eccles (Great Britain)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Mikheil Bakhtidze (Georgia) or Islvan Nagy (Hungary)

June 25

Last 16

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Viktoryia Kebikava (Belarus)

June 26


60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Irma Testa (Italy) or Christina Rygielska (Moldova)



Irish squad


57kg Michaela Walsh (Monsktown A)

60kg Kellie Harrington (St Marys)

69kg Gráinne Walsh (Spartacus)

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)


49kg Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s)

56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)

64kg James McGivern (St George’s)

69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)

75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)

91kg Tony Browne (St Michael’s Dublin)

91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team manager: Bernard Dunne

Coaches: Zaur Antia, John Conlan, Dmitry Dimitruk