Ireland name team for European Junior Championships


The Irish team has been confirmed for next month’s European Men’s and Women’s Junior Championships in Anapa.

26 boxers will represent Ireland in the Russian city with boxing beginning at the Black Sea holiday resort on October 9th.

All of the Irish fighters won national titles at the Senior Cadet championships last month bar +80kg Kerry boxer Kori Goad who is currently listed as TBC.

Ireland will be represented in all weight categories in Anapa.

Ireland won three gold at the 2017 European Juniors (Callum Walsh, Daina Moorehouse, Aoibhe Carrabine), one silver (Dean Clancy), and two bronze (Catherine Blaney, Ciara Brien). The men’s and women’s tournaments were held two months apart with 2018 being the first year of joint championships at continental level.

Both Niamh Fay and European Schoolboys gold medallist William Hayden competed at the European Juniors last year, while there are also spots on the team for European Schoolboys gold medallist Jason Myers, and silver medallists Eoghan Lavin, Steven Cairns, and Patrick Sweeney.

European Male and Female Junior Championships Anapa, Russia (October 8/17) 
Irish squad
46kg Michael Donohue (St Michaels Athy)
46kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale)
48kg Michael Maughan (Olympic)
48kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart)
50kg Shane O’Brien (Raging Bull)
50kg Rachel Lawless (Portlaoise)
52kg John Mc Connell (Holy Trinity)
52kg Niamh Fay (Swords)
54kg Patrick Sweeney (Olympic)
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Clonmel)
57kg Barry O’Connor (Sliabh Luachra)
57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ryston)
60kg Steven Cairns (Legacy)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Cloghan)
63kg Taylor Quiney (Drimnagh)
63kg Leanne Murphy (Togher)
66kg William Hayden (Crumlin)
66kg Leah Gallen (Raphoe)
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis)
70kg Lisa O’Rourke (Castlerea)
75kg Jason Myers (Olympic)
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (St Brigids Kildare)
80kg Patrick Myers (Sligo City)
80kg Bethany Doocey (Castlebar)
80+kg Bonvie Ndefi (Olympic Mullingar)
80+kg Kori Goad (Cahen Vale) (TBC)

Team Managers: Anna Moore (St Francis), Joe Hennigan (Connacht Council)
Coaches: Billy McClean (High Performance), Eve Carr (Enniskerry), Liam Cunningham (Saints), James Doyle (Monkstown Dublin), Brian Barry (Riverstown), Martin Donovan (Our Lady of Lourdes)
R&J: Michael Gill (Ballymore/Hollywood)

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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