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Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 North West Open, which took place this weekend at Ulster University in Coleraine.

Men’s Epee: Jonathan Burnside (Foyle Fencing)
Women’s Epee: Marie McGinnity (Grosvenor FC)

Men’s Foil: Alastair Houldsworth (Belfast FC)
Women’s Foil: Sarah Shaw (Hunterhouse FC)

Men’s Sabre: David Downey (Foyle Fencing)
Women’s Sabre: Kathryn Marshall (Foyle Fencing)

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For an 11th year, Fencing Ireland will play host to an FIE satellite in Men’s Épée. The 2017 edition takes place on Saturday 11 November during the Irish Open.

As an FIE Satellite, this event attracts World Cup points counting towards the FIE world rankings. Fencers who take part are representing their country of nationality (rather than a club or college) and their entries are submitted to the FIE by their national governing bodies. It is not possible to enter the satellite by contacting the organisers directly.

  • Take out an FIE licence with their national fencing federation. A passport scan will be required (e.g. as the national governing body for Ireland, Fencing Ireland can only issue FIE licences to fencers holding an Irish passport.)
  • Contact their national governing body to request entry to the Dublin FIE Satellite. Selection procedures/criteria vary by country.

Irish fencers should contact the selectors at with a completed selection form (available from the Selection Policy page) to enter.

Deadline for entries: Friday 27 October at 24:00

After Entry

As a satellite event, fencers are required to wear their national colours on their fencing uniform and use equipment which is fully compliant with the FIE rules for World Cup events.

Mandatory equipment control will be carried out at the National Indoor Arena at registration. Irish fencers are required to attend for the early registration session on Friday evening.

Please contact with any queries.

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Belgian Fencing held the Flemish Open sabre satellite on Sunday.

Michalis Kirimlidis (Salle Dublin) recorded pool victories over Rapp GER, Redshaw GBR, Hoschna CZE and Bottecchia BEL. Kirimlidis earned a bye into L32, where he faced Rapp GER for a second time and was knocked out 15-10. He placed 22nd of 53.

Michael Jacob had just one victory – over Saunders GBR – and finished 47th.

Team Italy made a clean sweep of the podium, with Alberto Pellegrini defeating Stefano Sbragia in the final.

Full results from FIE website.

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The EFC Cadet Circuit continued in Manchester on Saturday. Both Irish fencers progressed to their respective tableaux, in doing so earning qualification for this season’s Cadet Europeans and Cadet Worlds.

Men’s Foil

Matthew McKay (RBAI) defeated Fernandes POR and Rhys-Pollitt GBR in the pool to earn a place in the tableau. He overturned 23rd seed Wilmont-Jeinier DEN 15-14 in the first round, only to be knocked out 15-9 by Gjaldbaek DEN in the L64. Matthew placed 64th of 141. 

Robbie Cockburn (Grosvenor FC) placed 60th representing the UK while Daniel Sigurdsson (Grosvenor FC) placed 79th representing Iceland. Jonas Winterberg-Poulsen DEN took this year’s title.

Women’s Foil

Pembroke FC’s Emilia Velma was V3D3 in the pool, winning against Dyer GBR, Amore ITA, and Yan SGP. In the L128 she was upset 15-12 by Brigden GBR and placed 68th of 114. The overall championship went to Singapore’s Maxine Wong.

Full results via Fencing Time.

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Paul Verdon (Stirling University) fenced at the Riga Junior World Cup on Saturday, placing 239th overall. 

Tibor Andrasfi HUN reached the second JWC final of his career, taking gold for the first time ahead of reigning cadet world champion Davide de Veroli ITA.

Image credit: Ivan Zanotti via Flickr, used under CC 2.0

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Intermediate Championships:

Men’s Epee: Dawid Kulka (Brian Boru FC)
Women’s Epee: Virginie Gautier

Men’s Foil: Elliot Scheier (DUFC)
Women’s Foil: Katja Rybakova (Pembroke FC)

Men’s Sabre: Federico Albertini (Salle Dublin)
Women’s Sabre: Gerda Ziemele (UCD)

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Fencing Ireland is hosting the Irish Open FIE Satellite on 11 November and we need twelve volunteers to help us prepare for the competition.

The hall at the National Indoor Arena will be available to us from 18:30 until 22:00. Every little does help – even if you can only contribute 15 minutes while a friend is at weapon control, we’d welcome all hands on deck. Elsewhere in the building, the Fencing Ireland team will be conducting Registration, running Weapon Control, and setting up the software for Saturday’s event.

As ever there will be pizza after set-up (in addition to our sincere thanks!)

Current Volunteers


  1. Duncan Salter
  2. Cian Spillane
  3. Scott O’Malley


  1. Duncan Salter
  2. Laura Donaghy
  3. Scott O’Malley

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133 fencers took part in the Hungarian Cup in Budapest this weekend, an open event ranked on the European U23 circuit, including two Dublin-based fencers.

  • HUN: David Losonczi (Pembroke FC) – 17/133
  • IRL: Seán Ryan (UCD) – 70/133
The final pitted 2017 Youth Olympic medallist Banyai HUN against junior #11 Nagy HUN, with Nagy taking gold 15-11. Congratulations to former UCD captain Seán Ryan on qualifying for the U23 Europeans with his result after going V4D2 in the pools at this challenging event.

Image by Moyan-Brenn, via Flickr, used under CC 2.0.

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Well done to our 2016-17 South of Ireland champions! Thanks to hosts UCC Fencing Club and congratulations to all of this year’s medallists.

Men’s Épée: David Losonczi (Pembroke FC)
Women’s Épée: Anna-Lise Mion (Brian Boru FC / Pembroke FC)

Men’s Foil: Conor Nagle (Munster Blades)
Women’s Foil: Victoria Duxbury (Edinburgh FC)

Men’s Sabre: Aidan Clarke (Salle Dublin)
Women’s Sabre: Aoife O’Loughlin (Cyrano)

See the Fencing Time feed for full results including pools and tableaux.

The national rankings have been brought up to date after this weekend’s events, and the club medal totals updated on the National Circuit page.

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We had two fencers in attendance at the SISTA foil satellite in Amsterdam today.

James Brosnan (Warwick University) was V5D1 in the pool, defeating Snijder NED, Lloyd GBR, Zoons NED, Kahl GER and Jans-Kohneke NED to seed 15th. After eliminating Corlett GBR 15-7, he was overturned by Kahl GER in the L32 and placed 18th of 75.

Lachlan Sykes (Salle Boston) was the first fencer to miss the cut after a pool victory over Kennedy NED left him V1D5. He finished 63rd overall.

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A full complement of four Irish fencers took to the piste at this year’s London foil satellite, rescheduled to September this season.

Stephen Brown (Grosvenor FC) earned the result of the weekend. Clearing the pool V2D4 with victories over Pinto COL and Jones GBR, Brown made the cut as 136th seed. He overturned Beke HUN 15-8 to reach the L128, where Brown managed his biggest upset of the day, defeating 8th seed Sebban FRA 15-12. Brown edged past
Singapore’s Au Eong in a 15-14 nailbiter, but his run ended in the L32 with a 15-7 loss to Tomasso Chiappelli of Italy.

In his second international season in Irish colours, James Brosnan (Warwick University) earned pool victories over Mylnikov RUS and Danchev BUL and also made the cut. He went out 15-13 to Lazak CZE to place 146th.

Michael Thompson (Lisburn Gladiators) fenced the satellite after competing in Saturday’s Junior World Cup. He defeated Blahut CZE in the pool but did not progress to the tableau. Thompson finished in 167th place.

Bronze medallist in April’s Nationals Lachlan Sykes (Salle Boston) placed 194th.

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We had three U20 internationals at the Eden Cup JWC in London today.

Anna Lee (Pembroke FC) had pool victories over Hill GBR and Jeglinska POL, seeding 58th. She was knocked out by Junior #8 Recher FRA.

Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC) defeated Ricci ITA and Babaeva GBR in the pool, but mhe missed the cut by two places and placed 68th of 87.

Earlier in the day, Michael Thompson (Lisburn Gladiators) defeated Freres BEL in the pool and placed 160th in a field of 173.

Kirill Borodachev RUS, the reigning Junior World Champion, defeated his compatriot Grigoriy Semenyuk for the men’s title, while world #2 Serena Rossini conceded the women’s final to fellow Italian international Martina Favaretto.