Irish 2018 World Youth Squad

Dearbhla Rooney will represent Ireland in the 57kg class at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October.

Irish team managers Stephen Connolly and Tara Mari Robins,in Budapest,Hungary for the AIBA World Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships this week,report that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) today confirmed that Rooney has earned a place in Buenos Aires.

The Sean McDermott BC feather,Dean Clancy and Lauren Kelly,the Irish female captain at the World Youths,will represent Ireland at the Games.

Meanwhile,the last batch of finals are being decided at the World Youths this afternoon.Ireland’s Dermot McDermott refereed today’s light-heavy decider between Russia and Kazakhstan.

Irish boxing will be coming home with a bronze medal,courtesy of the last-four finish of Jude Gallagher in the Hungarian capital. The Tyrone light-fly was edged on a split decision by Thailand’s Thitisan Panmod, who won gold yesterday, in the semi-finals.

Gallagher’s podium finish is Ireland’s 22nd at this level since Cuba 1987.

Jude Gallagher

Stephen Connolly and Tara Mari Robins hailed the performances of the Irish squad in Hungary and the work of the coaching staff of chief seconds Billy McClean and coaches Mike Mongan, Michael Carruth, the 1992 Olympic champion, and Anita Just, IABA President Dom O’Rourke and physio David Cooke.

The Irish management also thanked the Irish Ambassador to Hungary, Patrick Kelly, for his support and the support of the staff at the Irish Chancellory in Budapest.

”It’s been a wonderful performance by Jude and all seven of our boxers over the past week.The future of Irish boxing is looking very bright!” tweeted the Irish Embassy this week.

Team Ireland are due home via Dublin Airport at 4.45pm tomorrow (September 1) afternoon. (Flight FR1024, Terminal 1).

All are welcome to attend Saturday’s homecoming.

Irish amateur boxing is proudly sponsored by Liffey Crane.


AIBA World Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Budapest, Hungary

August 28


49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) lost to Thitisan Panmod (Thailand) 1-4

August 26


48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) lost to Nillda Meekoon (Thailand) 0-5

Last 16

75kg: Lauren Kelly (Ireland) lost to Tallya Brillaux (France) 0-5

August 25


49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Rafael Bianchi (Brazil) 5-0

August 23

Last 32

51kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) lost to Kittiya Nampa (Thailand) 1-4

Last 16

49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Renuex Zhao (China) 5-0

August 22

Last 32

56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Kumar Akash (India) 0-5

Last 16

48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) beat Marta Lopez Del Arbol (Spain) 4-1

August 21

Last 32

57kg:Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) lost to Panpatchara Somnuek (Thailand) 2-3

52kg:Dean Clancy (Ireland) lost to Asa Stevens (USA) 2-3

Irish squad


48kg Daina Moorhouse (Enniskerry)
51kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermott)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigid’s Edenderry) Cpt


49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles) Cpt (Bronze)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)

IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team managers: Stephen Connolly and Tara Mari Robins
Head coach: Billy McClean
Coaches: Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan, Anita Just
Physio: David Cooke