Fencing is alive and thriving at third-level institutions around the country. Student clubs welcome beginners and seasoned competitors alike, and have led the way in creating novice competitions (aimed at fencers in their first two years of training.)
At the time of publication, fencing clubs were active in the following colleges:
- IT Carlow – sabre only
- Dublin City University – épée only
- Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) – sabre only
- Maynooth University
- NUI Galway
- Trinity College Dublin (Dublin University)
- University College Cork
- University College Dublin
- Ulster University, Coleraine – see NI Fencing for details
- Queen’s University Belfast – see NI Fencing for details
Fencing clubs at the Royal College of Surgeons, University of Limerick, Griffith College, and IT Tallaght are currently inactive. Fencing Ireland is keen to support any student who wishes to start (or revive) a fencing club at their college.
Fencing Ireland offers a membership category specifically for third-level students, offering all of the benefits of a full adult licence at a reduced cost.
Three events in the calendar are only open to fencers who are studying at college or university:
The Student Four Nations brings together a team of current students and very recent graduates to face their counterparts from England, Scotland and Wales. The event takes place over a single day – typically in June – and hosting rotates between the nations. The decision to merge the Ireland and Northern Ireland teams was taken at the Captain’s Meeting on 4 March 2017.