Ireland announce team for European Junior Championships

The IABA have confirmed a 25-strong squad that will represent Ireland at the European Junior Championships in Romania next month.

The tournament begins in the eastern city of Galati on May 22nd.

The Irish team – 13 boys and 12 girls – is comprised of Open Cadet champions from last month at the National Stadium, with fighters entered in 25 of the 26 weights. +80kg boxer Sophie Burke (Tohar Pheadair) is the only such champion not to feature.

Ireland won 13 medals at the championships last year in Anapa and bronze medallists Michael Donoghue and Breda Quilligan are in the squad again.

Also set to feature are European Schoolboys/Girls gold medallist Winnie McDonagh, silver medallists Eoghan Lavin and Dearbhla Tinnelly, and bronze medallists Robyn Kelly and John Ward

European Male and Female Junior Championships Galati, Romania, May 22/June 2
Irish squad
46kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale)
48kg Robyn Kelly (Ballynacargy)
50kg Marie Marine-Gabriel (Mulhuddart)
52kg Rachael Lawless (Portlaoise)
54kg Aaliyah Butler (Monivea)
57kg Nicole O’Sullivan (Corinthians)
60kg Shelby Myres (Crumlin)
63kg Winnie McDonagh (Neilstown)
66kg Tegan Farrell (Ratoath)
70kg Shauna Doherty (——)
75kg Dearbhla Tinnelly (Clann Naofa)
80kg Margaret Stokes (Callan)
80+kg NO ENTRY

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

IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team managers: Gerry O’Mahony and Anne Murphy
Coaches: James Doyle, Gerard McDaid, Andrew Gallagher, Aoife Hennigan
R&J: Loughlin Gannon


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