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Eoin Gronningsater got his international season off to a great start with a Bronze medal in the Mexico City Mens Foil Satellite, following up on his silver medal in the Mexican satellite a year ago.

Eoin got off to a hot start in the poule stage dropping only 1 bout to Diego Cervantes of the host nation. He proceeded to a number of convincing wins over Marin (MEX), Beltran (MEX) and Shih (TPE). He concluded the competition with a 15-10 loss to British Olympian and world #17 Marcus Mepstead.

Mepstead would go on to lose a closely contested to final 15-12 to Maximilien Van Haaster of Canada.

Michalis Kirimlidis finished 60th of 88 in a very deep and strong field at the Ghent Mens Sabre satellite.

Michalis was 2V and 4D in the poule stage but with 2 controversial 4-4 losses. He is was not able to overcome the low seeding resulting from these losses and lost 15-5 to Ho (HKG) who was knocked out by eventual champion Edern Annic of France.

In Turku, Finland our female Epeeists had a mixed day.

Lorette Laschetti started the day with 3V and 3D which set up a very harsh L64 draw bout against multiple World Cup Medallist and Olympian Erika Kirpu who progressed after her underachievement in the poule stage.

Lucy Johnson also started the day with 3V and 3D and likewise drew a tough L64 as she was eliminated by world #45 Yoshimura (JPN)

Annalise Mion won a single pool match against Salminen and did not progress to the elimination round.

  • Lorette Laschetti – 41st of 68
  • Lucy Johnson – 44th of 68
  • Annalise Mion – 63rd of 68

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The squad representing Ireland at the 2019 Five Nations has been named.

This year’s Five Nations will take place in DCU, Dublin on November 23rd.

Men’s Épée

Tom O’Brien
Rory High
Sean Ryan
Paddy Brennan

Women’s Épée

Natalya Coyle
Isabelle Clarke
Alisha Mullen
Camille Hindsgaul

Men’s Foil

Michael Thompson
Claudio Sosa Smatrala
Conor Nagle
Christopher Lennon

Women’s Foil

Anna Lee
Annemarie Sullivan
Crystal Percival
Emilia Velma

Men’s Sabre

Michalis Kirimlidis
Aidan Clarke
Stephen Concannon
Colm Kelleher

Women’s Sabre

Imogen McGuckin
Lillias Healy
Bethany Rush
Sadhbh Skehan

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The 2019 AGM took place in Dublin on Friday 14th June. Many thanks to the members who turned out to make 2019 the largest AGM in recent years.

Fencing Ireland is welcoming a new face to the executive team and two new faces as part of the ordinary committee.

Chairperson: Desmond Gilhooly
Secretary: Joseph Richardson
Treasurer: Kevin Foley


  • Michael Ryan
  • Nuala McGarrity
  • Virginie Gautier
  • Duncan Salter
  • Owen McNamee
  • Anne Marie Sullivan
  • Fiadhnait McDonagh

Two serving committee members did not seek re-election for the new season, Achilleas Floudas and Aidan Clarke. We would like to thank them for their work throughout their tenure

Philip Lee, the outgoing chairman, also did not seek re-election to the committee. Fencing Ireland would like to extend our thanks for his tireless work over many years to develop the sport.


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Our 2019 AGM will take place on Friday, 14th June, 2019 at 7-8 Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2 at 8:00 pm The official notice of AGM, including 2018 Accounts, Chairman’s Report and Agenda will be sent to voting members (that is, those holding an Adult, Life or Student membership) on Thursday, 23rd May, 2019

To enable us to include details of nominations for Chairman, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer and seven Board Members, we invite nominations for these positions. Please send nominations (which should also be seconded) by email, by Monday, 20th May, 2019, to

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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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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.