Fencing Ireland offers a variety of membership categories with options for competitors and non-fencers.

Please note that all fencers taking part in competition require a licence either from Fencing Ireland or from another national fencing organisation. Certain competitions also require an international licence depending on the body organising the individual event.

2016 sees the introduction of the new Supporter membership – suitable for parents, coaches, referees, and anyone who’s hung up their sword – to give non-fencers a voice in our organisation. This membership is also suitable for fencers who hold a competition licence from another governing body and do not need a second licence from Fencing Ireland, e.g. NI fencers who already hold a British Fencing licence.

Memberships are only available online and can be purchased via the Buy a Membership page.

What type of membership should I take out?

There are several membership categories available.

Licence TypeCostDetails and EligibilityCompetition LicenceVoting Rights
Adult€35Full senior membership, open to all. A lifelong senior membership is available in the form of a Life membership, at a cost of €350.YesYes
Student€20Open to all fencers studying full-time at second level or third levelYesYes
YouthFreeOpen to all cadet fencers.
This licence is available to any fencer born on or after 1 January 2001.
Supporter€15Open to all, carrying membership of the organisation but no competition licence.
This licence is suitable for parents, coaches, referees and other non-fencers who wish to support Fencing Ireland.
FirstFreeA free membership available to fencers in their first season of training.YesNo

Do I need a competition licence?

Fencers must hold a licence to be permitted to compete in domestic events. Licences issued by other national governing bodies are also recognised for this purpose.

Fencing Ireland licences carry personal accident insurance while fencing, and entry to the National Championships is limited to those holding Fencing Ireland licences. Certain licence types also carry voting rights at AGM or EGM, as detailed above.

Fencers who wish to compete in FIE or EFC competitions (including the Men’s Épée satellite at the Irish Open) should read about international licences below.

International Licences

Fencers who wish to compete or referee at competitions organised by the FIE or EFC must have the appropriate licence.

  • FIE events: satellites, World Cups, Grand Prix, European and World Championships (Cadet/Junior/Senior/Veteran)
  • EFC events: Under-14s series, European Cadet Circuit, Under-23s circuit, Coupe d’Europe

Both organisations issue licences via the national governing bodies in every country. Irish citizens should apply to Fencing Ireland using the online licence system. Applicants will need to supply a passport photo in JPEG format and a scan of their passport photo page.

Fencers who do not hold an Irish passport must apply through their respective national federation.

(Please note that the FIE licence is not a physical card. When your licence is registered, you will be able to view it online in the FIE licence database.)