IABA funding unchanged for 2018

Sport Ireland today announced their funding for National Governing Bodies for the forthcoming year, with boxing – through the Irish Athletic Boxing Assiciation – set to receive the same organisational funding as 2017.

The governing body for the sport will receive €1,132,000 in total, with €432,000 being the core grant and a further €700,000 going to the High Performance Unit. As with 2017, the IABA have not been awarded any funds through Sport Ireland’s ‘Women in Sport’ programme.

Boxing is the fourth-most funded sport after Athletics (€1,712,000), Swimming (€1,452,000), and Horse Sport (€1,285,000) – coming in just ahead of Sailing (€1,076,000).

Despite a successful year on the international scene, the High Performance Unit has not clawed back any of the €200,000 cut in the wake of the Rio Olympics.

This funding does not include the individual grants given to specific Irish boxers. This will be “announced shortly.”

In terms of individual funding, last year saw €132,000 split across six fighters – Joe Ward, Brendan Irvine, Steven Donnelly, Kelly Harrington, Christina Desmond, and the now-pro Davey Oliver Joyce.

In 2017 Ireland won a total of 29 major international medals at all age groups (5 gold, 7 silver, 17 bronze).

At Senior level Joe Ward won European gold and World silver, Brendan Irvine and Kurt Walker claimed European bronze while Michaela Walsh won EU gold, and Kelly Harrington and Gráinne Walsh took silver and bronze respectively.


Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie