2016 National Champions crowned in gala finals

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The 2016 Nationals took place this weekend at Loreto Abbey, Dalkey. Many thanks to John Jones (directeur technique), our refereeing team, Sheena Lynch (physiotherapist) and all volunteers to gave up their time to set up and ensure the weekend ran smoothly. Full standings are now available on the Results page. Men’s Épée A field of… Read more »

Olympic Qualifiers round-up

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Fencing Ireland are incredibly proud of the six athletes who fenced at the Olympic qualifier this weekend. Though we didn’t manage to qualify an Irish fencer for Rio 2016, our squad performed fantastically against the toughest opponents that world-class fencing has to offer. Every one of the six – Benedict Chambers and Jennifer McGeever in… Read more »

Moriarty-Smyths make debut on European U14 Circuit

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On Saturday, James and Myles Moriarty-Smyth became the first fencers to represent Ireland on the European Minor (U14) circuit. The two Pembroke foilists fenced at the Rokietnica Cup near Poznan. Following two rounds of pools, James won his first DE 10-9 before being knocked out by the eventual champion. He finished 62nd. Despite an early… Read more »

European Qualifiers this weekend

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The European Qualifiers are here! Our six Olympic hopefuls will be fencing across the weekend and you can follow Team Ireland via the live feeds: Results stream Live video The zonals kick off on Saturday morning with Men’s Épée, followed by Men’s Sabre and Women’s Foil. Sunday brings events in Women’s Épée, Women’s Sabre and… Read more »

Irish Juniors progress at World Championships

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Foil Anna Lee (Pembroke FC) progressed to the DEs as 64th seed following pool victories over Clarke AUS, Van Der Walt RSA and Nawar EGY. For her first match, she drew 65th seed Cecchini BRA, currently #9 in the world rankings, and was overturned. Anna placed 72nd of 130 in Women’s Foil. In the Men’s… Read more »

Four medals for Ireland at Veteran Four Nations, but a third-place finish

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Ireland placed third overall at the 2016 Four Nations. England topped the table for a tenth consecutive year.  Men's Épée Women's Épée  1st England Ireland  2nd  Ireland Scotland  3rd  Wales England 4th Scotland Wales Our épée teams were the most successful of the weekend. The Women's Épée team, consisting of Fiona Haldane, Anna Lise Mion,… Read more »

Junior Worlds: L128 for Slater

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Two Irishmen fenced in the 174-strong Men’s Épée event at Junior Worlds today. Philip Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) defeated Jaime COL and Ng HKG to qualify for the DE round. He drew 14th seed Bartissol POR in the L128 and was knocked out, placing 116th overall. With one pool victory over Yusufov AZE, Jonathan Burnside (Foyle… Read more »

Junior Worlds: Lee and Murray fly the flag

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Anna Lee (Pembroke FC) and Brian Murray (Foyle Fencing) competed at the Junior World Championships today. With pool victories over Clarke AUS, Van Der Walt RSA and Nawar EGY, Anna progressed to the DEs as 64th seed. For her first match, she drew 65th seed Cecchini BRA, currently #9 in the world rankings, and was… Read more »

Verdon two points from a L64 at Cadet Worlds

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Paul Verdon was in Bourges, France over the weekend, representing Ireland in both Men’s Foil and Men’s Épée at the Cadet World Championships. Verdon, who trains at RBAI and Grosvenor FC, is currently the Irish cadet #1 in both weapons. In épée, Paul was V3D3 after the pools; he scored victories over Batsuren MGL, Yeo… Read more »