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Our 2018 AGM will take place on Sunday 10th June at 7-8 Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2, from 14:30. The official notice of AGM, including 2017 Accounts, Chairman’s Report and Agenda will be sent to voting members (that is, those holding an Adult, Life, Student or Supporter membership) on Friday 18 May, 2018.

To enable us to include details of nominations for Chairperson, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and seven Board Members, we invite nominations for these positions.

Please send nominations (which should also be seconded) via email to, by Tuesday 15 May.

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Over 130 athletes came to Loreto Abbey Dalkey this weekend for the Fencing Ireland National Championships. Congratulations to our 2018 winners!

Men’s Épée: Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe (Brian Boru FC)
Women’s Épée: Natalya Coyle (Brian Boru FC / Pentathlon Ireland)

Men’s Foil: Stephen Brown (Queen’s University Belfast)
Women’s Foil: Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC)

Men’s Sabre: Stephen Concannon (Salle Dublin)
Women’s Sabre: Beth Taylor (Queen’s University Belfast)

View full results here.

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Following FI’s well-attended Pre-Nationals training weekend, lead foil coach Filippo Triccoli (CS Jesi) has forwarded his report:

I was a guest of the Irish Fencing Federation from 13/04 to 16/04. The actual days of work were Saturday 14 and Sunday 15. The working time (9.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.) was generally respected by the athletes. The working atmosphere was good and fresh and the organizers Philip Lee, Head of the Irish Fencing Federation and Andrei Radu, coach of Brian Boru FC) were very kind.

The workouts were held in St. Conleth’s College gym, Ballsbridge, Dublin. The gym was barely sufficient due to the unexpected high number of fencers come from all over Ireland.

The foilist were 26 and everybody had the same treatment: 2 private lessons of 15 minutes each and general advises during the free matches. All the athletes showed a great desire to be there and practice fencing. The commitment was also very high.

However, I found some generalized mistakes on technique and match management. For example, they all
held the fist in third-fourth position while they should held it in second-third position because circles and parries are easier to make.

In addition, footwork is very underestimated by all athletes.

Final Conclusions
In general fencing in Ireland is a new sport. In fact, it has all the problems related to new sports: few people practicing it, few public investments, less audience.

Despite all this problems, the Head of the IFF is very active and committed to spread this sport in all over the country. Also some little results are already coming from Verona and other international competitions.

I think that in 5/6 years, with more investments and more skilled coaches, Ireland could bring out some high level athletes and get some important results in international competitions.

Fencing Ireland would like to thank Filippo Triccoli for his hard work over the training weekend. We are also very grateful to Adrian Lee & Partners for their generous sponsorship of Coach Triccoli’s visit.

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With the 2018 National Championships taking place this weekend, the national rankings have been updated to reflect competition results since the East of Ireland Open.

Late entry to the National Championships is still possible via the event page.

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Registration form this year’s pre-Nationals training weekend closes at midnight tonight (Wednesday 11 April).

Please see the event page for further details including a list of current sign-ups, or download the event flyer!

Places are strictly limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Places will not be confirmed until completion of registration fee.

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Despite fielding teams in senior foil and épée, Verona was the first outing for any Ireland U20 team. As such, our foilists entered the competition unseeded and faced tough draws. 

The Women's Foil team was up first, facing a formidable Italian squad all individually ranked inside the world top 10. The underdog Ireland team came won two bouts of the nine, but were ultimately knocked out 45-29.

The potential in the Irish side is demonstrated by a quick glance at the L32 tableau, which saw nations seeded above Ireland knocked out by 40-point margins. Italy went on to lose to the USA in the semi-finals, with USA taking gold over Singapore 45-30.

Competing in a larger field of 38, Ireland was one of four unseeded Men's Foil teams and faced a L64 draw against Serbia. Anchored by junior #47 Veljko Cuk, team Serbia eked out a lead in the opening bouts until a 10-4 performance by Eoin Gronningsater put Ireland level, and our junior foilists were just one point adrift at the opening of the final bout. Ireland went out on a frustrating 45-43 scoreline.

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Genevieve Clarke (California Fencing Academy) put on an even stronger performance in today’s competition at the Cadet World Championships, having edged into the L64 in yesterday’s U20s.

Clarke finished the pool with victories against Carmona MEX, Malickova CZE, Pediaditaki GRE and Meulenaar NED. After defeating Carvalho POR 15-9 in the first round, she was knocked out by world #10 Scruggs USA.

Pembroke FC’s Emilia Velma bested Tasdelen TUR in the pool, but didn’t progress to the tableau.

  • Genevieve Clarke – 45th of 113
  • Emilia Velma – 98th of 113

East of Ireland Open semi-finalist Jake McGillion Moore (Fairfield Fencing Academy) earned his place in the L128 with pool wins over Costa POR and Slavchev BUL. Drawing Sirb ROU, he brought the 26th seed right down to the wire, but lost 15-14.

Matthew McKay (RBAI / Fence Like an Olympian) had a tougher time in the cadet pools than in yesterday’s juniors, going out of the competition after the first round.

  • Jake McGillion Moore – 101st of 139
  • Matthew McKay – 135th of 139

Good luck to the two Irish foil teams in tomorrow’s Team Junior World Championships. Both squads enter the draw unseeded, with the girls likely to face Italy in the first round and the boys’ opponents to be confirmed.

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All six Team Ireland’s foilists made it to the DEs in this year’s Junior World Championships in a bumper day that yielded two L32s and two L64s.

Junior Men’s Foil

A newcomer to the Irish squad, Eoin Gronningsater (Duke University) came out fighting in Pool 1. Victories over Zoons NED, Slavchev BUL, Bird GBR and Czartoryjski POL resulted in a bye through the first round of DEs. Despite entering his L128 match as the lower seed, Gronningsater overturned Goren ISR with an unequivocal 15-2 win. Gronningsater proceeded to the L64 to face the 4th seed, Breteau ESP, but once again refused to play the underdog and progressed 15-8.

The L32 brought another Spaniard in world #70 Alfonso Delbergue. Having kept the score level to 11-11, a lapse in composure during the second period saw Delbergue pull ahead to match point with three unanswered touches. However, Gronningsater was able to find another gear and even the odds at 14-14 – until a quick-fire riposte to the left shoulder brought Gronningsater’s run to an end.

Fencing at Junior Worlds in addition to tomorrow’s Cadet championship, Matthew McKay (RBAI / Fence Like an Olympian

defeated Argote VEN and Jahagirdar IND to earn a spot in the draw. He went out 15-6 to Spoljar CRO in the L256.

  • Eoin Gronningsater – 29th of 188
  • Matthew McKay – 135th of 188

Junior Women’s Foil

Four victories in the pool (Afi TUN, Koleva BUL, Werner GER and world #12 Ricci ITA) saw Anna Lee (TA Paris / Pembroke FC) easily into the pool. She defeated Guemmar ALG 15-1 to reach the L64, but a tough draw against an on-form Tieu USA saw Lee knocked out 15-7.

Cadet fencer Genevieve Clarke (California Fencing academy) warmed up for the U17 event with three pool victories in the U20s, defeating Matraszek CZE, May NZL and Herman AUS. She overturned the higher-seeded junior Chen TPE 15-6, reaching the L64, and went out of the competition at the hands of world #10 Yusova RUS.

Also on three pool victories, Finnula Mageras (Notre Dame University)
took out Carmona MEX, Tsukhishvili GEO, and Ceres MDA in her pool, then eliminated the higher-seeded Hany EGY 15-3 in the first round of DEs. Next, Mageras faced the 11th seed – and junior world #26 – Hajas HUN, however Mageras came out fighting and went through to the L32 with a 12-11 victory. Her run came to an end 15-9 against Jane Caulfield of Canada

Belfast-based Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC) earned victories over Jorgensen DEN and Caleri ARG and a place in the DEs. However, in her first match, Beattie was knocked out by Serena Rossini, junior #1 and reigning world champion, who later proved unable to defend her title after seeding 25th for the tableau.

  • Finnula Mageras – 32nd of 141
  • Anna Lee – 54th of 141
  • Genevieve Clarke – 62nd of 141
  • Keziah Beattie – 104th of 141

Good luck to our cadet foilists, Matthew McKay, Jake McGillion-Moore, Genevieve Clarke and Emilia Velma, competing in tomorrow’s Worlds!

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The registration form for this year’s pre-Nationals training weekend is available below.

Please see the event page for further details including a list of current sign-ups, or download the event flyer!

Places are strictly limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Places will not be confirmed until completion of registration fee. Deadline for registration: Wednesday 11 April.

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All fencers hoping to compete in FIE or EFC events in 2018/19 will be invited to submit their competition programmes following the National Championships. The deadline for programme submissions is Saturday 30 June

The 2018/19 international calendars are already available to view:

Please consult our Selection Policy for information on qualification criteria. The full Ireland panel (indicating individuals who have qualified and the level of event each may enter) will be published on the FI website after the National Championships.