Continental Kings- 16 Irish boxers have won Euro medals since March

Irish boxing deposited another six medals in its 2019 Euro account over the weekend.

A half dozen medals were claimed at the 2nd European Games in Minsk.

Kurt Walker (gold), Kellie Harrington (silver) Michaela Walsh (silver), Michael Nevin (bronze), Regan Buckley (bronze) and Grainne Walsh (bronze) finished in podium positions.

It’s a brilliant achievement considering the team were up against Europe and Indeed the world’s finest. 

The weekend’s haul improves Irish boxing into double figures for the European Games as four medals were won at Baku 2015.

However, the success at continental level in 2019 is not just owned by the Senior Elite fighters. Boxers from the underage levels have been representing the country with distinction in European competition this year too.

 

The six medals won in the European Games means Ireland can now boast 16 European medal winners and four European champions.

The total count in European Elite, European U/22 and European Junior competition since March now stands at 4 gold, 3 silver and 9 bronze.

Ireland’s 2019 European boxing champions so far are Amy Broadhurst, Chloe Gabriel, Michael Donoghue and Kurt Walker.

Next up is the European Women’s Elite Championships in Alcobendas, Spain (August 22/September 1) and the European Schoolboy/girl Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia (August 2/12).

Ireland finished in 5th spot in the medals table in the European Games.

Great Britain, Ukraine, Armenia, Russia and Ireland commanded the top five positions.

Medals won in European competition so far in 2019.

 

2019 European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships Vladikavkaz, Russia (March 6/17)

Irish squad

Female

51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthonys)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Gold)
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) Cpt

Male

52kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
60kg Davey Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) Cpt

Team Manager: Stephen Molloy
Head Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Anita Just, Philip Keogh
R&J: Stephen Kelly

Medals Table: 9th

Team Rankings Table: 10th

Nations competing: 38

2019 European Male and Female Junior Championships Galati, Romania, May 22/June 2

Irish squad

Female

46kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale)
48kg Robyn Kelly (Ballynacargy) (Bronze)
50kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart) (Gold)
52kg Rachael Lawless (Portlaoise) Cpt
54kg Aaliyah Butler (Monivea) (Bronze)
57kg Nicole O’Sullivan (Corinthians)
60kg Shelby Myres (Crumlin)
63kg Winnie McDonagh (Neilstown, Dublin) (Silver)
66kg Tiegan Farrell (Arklow) (Bronze)
70kg Shauna Doherty (Sacred Heart, Dublin)
75kg Dearbhla Tinnelly (Clann Naofa) (Bronze)
80kg Margaret Stokes (Callan)

Male

46kg Dylan Eagleson (St Pauls, Antrim)
48kg Michael Donoghue (St Michaels Athy) (Gold)
50kg Jason Nevin (Olympic Mullingar)
52kg Donagh Keary (Rathfriland)
54kg Mustafa Edris (Monkstown, Dublin)
57kg Martin McCullough (Gleann) (Bronze)
60kg Michael McCarthy (Mayfield)
63kg Thomas King (Ratoath)
66kg Taylor Guiney (Drimnagh) (Bronze)
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis) Cpt
75kg Mark Duffy (Charlestown)
80kg John Ward (Brosna)
80+kg Thomas McDonnell (Docklands)

IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team managers: Eugene O’Kane Snr and Anne Murphy
Coaches: Billy McClean, James Doyle, Gerard McDaid, John Gallagher, Aoife Hennigan
R&J: Loughlin Gannon

Medals Table Finish: 5th

Team Rankings Table: 3rd

Nations competing: 35

European Games 2019 Minsk, Belarus (June 21/30)

Irish squad

Female

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monsktown) (Silver)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s) (Silver)
69kg Gráinne Walsh (Spartacus) (Bronze)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)

Male

49kg Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s) (Bronze)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal) (Gold)
64kg James McGivern (St George’s)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) (Bronze)
91kg Tony Browne (St Michael’s Dublin)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

Team manager: Bernard Dunne

Coaches: Zaur Antia, John Conlan, Dmitry Dimitruk
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Medals Table Finish: 5th

Rankings Table: (not available)

Nations competing: 44

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com