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Fencing Ireland are currently recruiting for a new General Manager.

The General Manager will be responsible for the managing the daily work of Fencing Ireland, developing the sport’s marketing strategy, the co-ordination and of Fencing Ireland’s of relationship with the national and international governing bodies, and the systematic implementation and review of Fencing Ireland’s policies and procedures.

Please see our Open Positions page for more detail on the role and application procedure.

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“All changed, changed utterly, a terrible beauty is born.” W.B. Yeats

The sport of fencing has grown and with your help has the potential to be transformed fundamentally.

I am asking those interested in helping to create this “terrible beauty” to join your Fencing Ireland Committee in Loreto Dalkey Sports Hall on Sunday, 03 March at 10:00 am.


With the generous support of Sport Ireland, we have commissioned a new strategic plan for Fencing.  The presentation of the plan will be made by Maeve Buckley.
Maeve Buckley is the author of the report. Maeve was voted amongst the most influential women in sport in 2014, 15 and 17 and is a specialist in developing strategies for NGBs.

Please click here to view the plan.

In order to implement many of the strategies we will need, amongst other things, to train and work with an increased number of volunteers. We will also need to recruit a General Manager and a Sport Development Officer.

What has changed?

Fencing Ireland is delighted to announce that its core funding of €27,000 per annum, has increased this year to €55,000.

We have also been awarded a €25,000 special grant from the Government Dormant Accounts Fund for equipment and sports development.

We have also received additional support from Sport Ireland to the tune of a further €8,000, covering the majority of the cost of the strategic plan and additional funding for hosting the fantastically successful Epée Satellite in the new and stunningly impressive, national sports arena in Blanchardstown.

For a sport to obtain an increase of over 300% in its funding is virtually unheard of.

We are delighted to say that, in addition to this funding we hope to conclude an agreement with TCD for joint funding of a Sport Development Officer.

These changes, handled correctly, with the right support from all of you, will transform Irish Fencing and put it on a platform of growth for many years to come.

This coincides of course with the highest ever participation by our junior and cadet athletes at the European and World Championships.

Heading off to Foggia in Italy later this week and then to Torun in Poland, are a wonderful team of young foilists, epeeists and sabreurs.  As you know we have seen tremendous success from our youngest international fencers, in particular, a podium silver medal for the young Myles Moriarty-Smyth at a huge international competition in Paris.

Finally, but by no means least, we have seen the continued growth with the Brian Boru club run by Radu in Howth, Clontarf and Blanchardstown, the green shoots of a new club run by David and Piri in Greystones and the ever expanding success of Olga in Dalkey and Ballsbridge.
Adding to this has been the unbelievable success of Patrick Dight in rolling out fencing in a great number of schools across the country and the success of last year’s inter schools competition, held at Clongowes Wood College.  We have also benefited enormously from very generous private sponsorship for our junior athletes on the island of Ireland.

However, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done.

The increased funding and the success of our athletes has created no more than a platform from which we must launch a much more ambitious plan for our sport seeking ever greater participation and even better international success.

This cannot be done by a volunteer committee and for that reason we are very pleased that we now have the funding to allow us recruit a General Manager.

However, in addition to this we need, as you will see from the strategic plan, to bring on board volunteers at every level to grow this wonderful sport.

Reminder of Where and When .

Please come and join us at 10:00am on Sunday, 03 March, in the Loreto Dalkey Sports Hall. This will be a chance to both understand the strategy we are seeking to implement, but more importantly to influence it and play a part in what may, in time, be seen as one of the greatest successes in Irish sport.
We will convert a niche sport into a sport of significant numbers, and podium positions at international level.

I look forward to seeing you.
Yours sincerely,

Philip Lee


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Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the company will be held at 7/8 Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2 at 18:00.

By order of the Board of Directors – Desmond Gilhooly(Secretary) 08/10/2018


To consider and ratify the nomination of Philip Lee to the position of chairman following the resignation of Dr. Laura Donaghy.

Note: A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote in his/her stead. No member present may hold more than two (2) proxies.

Members are:

  • Such persons as have been granted the status of life members
  • Such persons who have been admitted to membership holding an Adult, Student or Supporter licence for the season 2018/2019

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To fill the vacancy of Chairperson following the resignation of Laura Donaghy, the FENCING IRELAND Board has
decided to hold an EGM (date yet to be confirmed). The official notice of EGM including Agenda will be sent to
voting members (that is, those holding an Adult, Life or Student membership) on Friday, 2nd November, 2018.

To enable us to include details of nominations for Chairman, we invite nominations for this position. 

Please send nominations (which should also be seconded) by email, by Wednesday 31st October, 2018, to

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Hosted by UCD, the Irish Intermediates are open to any fencer who hasn’t won a nationally ranked tournament. It takes place on the weekend of October 13th and 14th in UCD’s Sports Centre. The Entry Form and Entry Lists can be found by clicking the links.

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Three fencers made the trip to the city of Wuxi (near Shanghai) for the 2018 World Championships. All three qualified by making it to the DEs at a World Cup during this season, and both of our foilists repeated the feat in China.

Stephen Brown (Queen’s University Belfast / Grosvenor FC) earned the best result of the season at the Senior World Cup in Bonn back in February. A V3D3 pool in Wuxi earned Brown a place in the tableau with a bye to the p64, where he was knocked out 15-6 by Hertsyk UKR.

James Brosnan (University of Warwick / Salle Boston) made it to China after a strong performance in Paris in January. Coming through the pools V2D4 (including belle-touche losses to Shimbo BRA and Broszus CAN), Brosnan went out 15-7 to Dahlin DEN in the p128.

Our sole competitor in Men’s Sabre, Michalis Kirimlidis (Salle Dublin) was unable to find the form shown in Madrid last month and ended his World Championships journey after the pools.

Men's Foil (135)
81st  Stephen Brown
97th  James Brosnan

Men's Sabre (115)
112th  Michalis Kirimlidis  

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An all-island team took part in the Student 4 Nations on July 14. Hosted by England Fencing this year, the 2018 event took place in Leeds and featured an individual event for the first time. 

Well done to the Irish Women's Foil squad and Men's Épée squad, who both took team silver. Sam Mitchell (DUFC) defeated teammate Jonathan Burnside (Ulster University) to win the individual épée final. The final standings were as follows:

 1st   England
 2nd   Scotland
 3rd   Ireland
 4th   Wales

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Coláiste Mhuire TY students in Askeaton embrace the cut and thrust of a new sport!

From September the transition year students in Coláiste Mhuire will be learning fencing for the first time. A 10 week course has been agreed with Deputy Head John Burke to be provided by Munster Blades Coach Patrick Dight. The lesson plan will include a broad base of foot work, bladework and presiding, culminating in a school competition using electric scoring equipment. “I aim to get every student fencing from the first lesson” says Patrick, ” it’s important to get them using simple attacks and defence from day one as they have a lot to learn before our mini competition at Christmas.”

As part of the interschool programme the school can also take opportunities to meet and fence students from other schools when possible.

Coláiste Mhuire is tremendously proud of its history, tradition and achievements, continuing a tradition of excellence in the provision of second level education which dates back to 1940. Down through the years they have been the number one choice for pupils from a very large number of primary schools. The personal interest taken by staff in students has always been a hallmark of education in Coláiste Mhuire. Central to their philosophy is the care of each individual student and the staff of Coláiste Mhuire work as a team, dedicated to ensuring that each individual student achieves his/her potential.

The inclusion of fencing in the TY curriculum is a first for the school and illustrates the commitment of staff to bring new challenges and opportunities for personal development to their students.

Words and images: Munster Blades FC.

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Fencing Ireland was well represented and came away with a couple of medals this year at the 2018 US Nationals & July Challenge in St. Louis, Missouri.

Genevieve Clarke, Jake McGillion-Moore and Katie McGillion-Moore competed for Foil in a range of age categories, while Michael Geraghty and Sophia McGee flew the flag in Epee.

Men's Foil

Division I Men's Foil (130)

97th   Jake McGillion-Moore

Junior Men's Foil (251)

137th   Jake McGillion-Moore

Cadet Men's Foil (258)

45th  Jake McGillion-Moore

Women's Foil

Division I Women's Foil (99)

45th   Genevieve Clarke

Division II Women's Foil (159)

 3rd   Katie McGillion-Moore

Junior Women's Foil (226)

37th   Genevieve Clarke

Cadet Women's Foil (205)

 6th   Genevieve Clarke
53rd  Katie McGillion-Moore

Y-14 Women's Foil (230)

103rd  Katie McGillion-Moore

Men's Épée

Division I Men's Épée (159)

 113rd  Michael Geraghty

Women's Épée

Division III Women's Épée (173)

118th Sophia McGee

Junior Women's Épée (217)

208th Sophia McGee

Words and images by Fergal Moore.

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Fencers on the 2018/19 international panels are reminded that the deadline for submission of pre-season competition plans is midnight tonight (Saturday 30 June). Fencers may check their qualification status by viewing the Panel 2018/19 page.

Entry to Senior Events

Panel fencers may use the following forms to enter Satellites, World Cups and Grand Prix. Check what events are available – and who’s already entered – at the International Calendar.

Please note that an FIE licence is required to enter these events. Fencers new to the international circuit will be asked to present a valid Irish passport so that their licence can be registered.

Entry to Junior Events

U20 panel fencers may enter Junior World Cups using the forms linked on the Junior Selection page. Check what events are available – and who’s already entered – at the Junior Calendar.

Please note that an FIE licence is required to enter these events. Fencers new to the circuit will be asked to present a valid Irish passport so that their licence can be registered.

Entry to Cadet Events

U17 panel fencers may enter EFC Cadet Circuit events using the forms linked on the Cadet Selection page. Check what events are available – and who’s already entered – at the Cadet Calendar.

Please note that an EFC licence is required to enter these events. Fencers new to the cadet circuit will be asked to present a valid Irish passport so that their licence can be registered.

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Two Tipperary schools have become the latest participants of the Interschool Fencing Programme.

From the 2018/19 school year, St Mary’s Secondary School in Nenagh and Cistercian College in Roscrea will add fencing to their Transition Year timetables, bringing the roster of IFP schools to eight.

Mixed schools: Dunamase College (Portlaoise)
Girls schools: St Mary’s (Nenagh), Mount Sackville (Dublin)
Boys schools: Cistercian College (Roscrea), Clongowes Wood College (Clane), RBAI (Belfast), Castleknock College (Dublin), Glenstal Abbey (Limerick)

Find out more about the Interschool Programme and discover whether fencing is right for your school.