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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.

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Ireland had six fencers in Novi Sad this week for the European Fencing Championships. Team Ireland participated in four of the individual events and in the Men’s Team Foil.

Men's Épée (104)

Yannick Borel FRA claimed his third back-to-back European title in a 15-14 thriller against Nikolai Novosjolov EST.

View full ME results >> 

Men's Épée Team (20)
 1st   Russia
 2nd   France
 3rd  Italy

Women's Épée (84)

Reigning champion Violetta Kolobova RUS was denied the chance to defend her title, losing 14-13 to Katrina Lehis EST. The other semi-final was an all-Estonian affair, with former world champion Julia Beljajeva losing to teammate Kristina Kuusk. In a career-best result, Lehis took gold 15-14.

  • 84th – Lucy Johnson

View full WE results >> 

Women's Épée Team (17)
 1st   France
 2nd   Poland
 3rd  Estonia

Men's Foil (79)

Russia's Alexei Cheremisinov toppled reigning European (and Olympic) champion Daniele Garozzo in a 15-14 showdown.

  • 64th – Stephen Brown
  • 65th – James Brosnan
  • 76th – Lachlan Sykes

View full MF results >> 

Men's Foil Team (14)

Team Ireland were knocked out of the main tableau 45-20 by fourth seeds Germany, going on to fence home team Serbia for 13th place. In only the second team appearance for Ireland this season, they claimed victory 45-40.

 1st  Russia
 2nd  Italy
 3rd  Poland

Women's Foil (61)

Inna Deriglazova RUS continues to look untouchable after an incredible season. She earned Russia's third gold of the tournament in a 15-9 win over Italy's dual-wielding star Arianna Errigo.

  • 57th – Anna Lee

View full WF results >> 

Women's Foil Team (12)
 1st   Italy
 2nd   Russia
 3rd  France

Men's Sabre (60)

Max Hartung of Germany not only kept his crown, but earned Germany's first medal of the tournament. He took on Sandro Bazadze GEO in the first semi-final, while world champion Kamil Ibragimov saw off his Russian teammates Dmitry Damilenko faced off on the other side of the bracket. Hartung defeated Ibragimov 15-12.

  • 52nd – Michalis Kirimlidis

View full MS results >> 

Men's Sabre Team (12)
 1st   Hungary
 2nd   Italy
 3rd  Germany

Women's Sabre (58)

Sofya Velikaya continued a serious run of form after last month's comeback Grand Prix gold. The Russian won her fourth European title against France's Cecilia Berder.

View full WS results >> 

Women’s Sabre Team (13)
 1st  Russia
 2nd  Ukraine
 3rd  France

The next stop for Ireland’s elite fencers is the World Championship, which is only four weeks away in Wuxi. Best of luck to foilists James Brosnan and Stephen Brown, and to sabreur Michalis Kirimlidis.

If you're inspired to try to qualify for 2019, check out our Selection Policy to find out how.

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The FIE has released its updated list of approved masks (with regulation fastening systems) for use in the 2018/19 season.

View the list of approved manufacturers here.

In April, FIE-SEMI issued the following statement:

In regards to the decision of FIE congress held in Dubai 2017 which approved the new fastening system we would remind that only the manufacturer is allowed to modify the old models of its own masks with the new fastening system.

The only exception from the above regulation allows for authorized agents of each manufacturing company or other certified manufacturers on the basis of a written power of attorney to modify the masks with the new strap.

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As schools and colleges wind down for the summer, many clubs are operating reduced hours. See below to find out where you can keep training in the run-up to the South of Ireland Open in September!

List your club’s details for June, July and August by contacting

Co. Cork

Club Location Days/Times Drop-ins welcome?
Cork City & County Cobh Community Centre Wednesday 7pm-9pm (June only) Yes
UCC Mardyke Arena, Cork Monday 6pm-8:30pm
Thursday 6pm-8:30pm
Saturday 3pm-6pm
By prior arrangement – contact

Co. Dublin

Club Location Days/Times Drop-ins welcome?
Fencing Ireland Loreto Abbey, Dalkey Sunday 11am-1pm Yes
Brian Boru FC Pentathlon Centre, National Sports Campus Monday 7pm-10pm
Wednesday 7pm-10pm
Saturday 11am-1pm
Ravenwood FC Good Counsel GAA Club, Drimnagh Tuesday 7:30pm-10pm
Sunday 11:30am-14:00pm
Kids club: Sunday 10am-11:30am
DUFC Trinity College Sports Centre Members only

Co. Galway

Club Location Days/Times Drop-ins welcome?
Connaught FC Unlimited Fitness, Oranmore Monday 8pm-10pm
Friday 8pm-10pm

Co. Tipperary

Club Location Days/Times Drop-ins welcome?
Munster Blades FC CBS, Nenagh Friday 7pm-8:30pm Yes

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The 2018 AGM took place in Dublin on Sunday 10 June. Many thanks to the members who turned out to make 2018 the largest AGM in recent years.

Fencing Ireland is welcoming an entirely new executive team and three new faces as part of the ordinary committee.

Chairperson: Laura Donaghy
Secretary: Desmond Gilhooly
Treasurer: Kevin Foley


  • Aidan Clarke
  • Achilleas Floudas
  • Philip Lee
  • Nuala McGarrity
  • Owen McNamee
  • Joseph Richardson
  • Michael Ryan
  • Duncan Salter

Three serving committee members did not seek re-election for the new season. Fencing Ireland would like to thank Julian Smith for his hard work over some years as outgoing Treasurer, Scott O’Malley who has provided invaluable support with databases and digital media in his five years on the board, and Jamie Simpson who has created a strong referee training structure for our sport going forward. We value the contribution made by all three and hope that they will remain involved in Irish fencing in another form.

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The last satellite of the season – Copenhagen’s Trekanten International – took place over the weekend, contested by three Irish foilists.

Men’s Foil
Alastair Johnston (Salle Holyrood) earned victories over Ferraro USA and Briceno VEN to make it out of the pools. He drew Kralik SVK in the first round and was knocked out 15-7.

  • Alastair Johnston – 47th of 69

Kongstad DEN claimed home advantage in the final, defeating Croatian junior Petar Files. [Full results]

Women’s Foil
The result of the day came from Anna Lee (Pembroke FC / Paris TA) who defeated Bimova CZE, Kwok GBR, Raudaskoski FIN and Gilljam SWE in the pool, seeding 6th. In the tableau she drew Degerman FIN and Van Der Hejden NED, easing past both 15-10. Reaching the quarter-finals Lee was knocked out by Michel MEX, who went on to take silver.

Victoria Duxbury (Edinburgh FC) won her bouts against Warrender GBR and Muralidharan AUS in the pool, making the cut. She lost her first-round match against Karimova KAZ.

  • Anna Lee – 5th of 37
  • Victoria Duxbury – 21st of 37

Image by Roman Boed, used under CC 2.0

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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 was sent to voting members (that is, those holding an Adult, Life, Student or Supporter membership) on Friday 18 May, 2018. These documents can also be downloaded at the links below.

A member entitled to 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 proxies.

If you wish to appoint a proxy, please complete a proxy form (which must be presented at the meeting.)

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Clongowes Wood College hosted the inaugural Interschool Fencing Championship on Saturday.

All schools involved in the 2017/18 pilot submitted teams of four, fencing foil.

In just its first few months, the FI Interschool Programme has already recruited eight schools across counties Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Tipperary and Antrim. Led by coaches Patrick Dight and Katie Arup, the Interschool Programme teaches fencing to all first-year pupils at participating schools. A TY add-on is also available.

If your school is interested in joining, contact Patrick Dight at


1st  Clongowes Wood College

Team A
Kosi Ugwreru (Captain), Alex Lee, Matteo Mazzolli, John Malpass

Team B
Dane Cormack (Captain), Jaime Palacio, Conor Crutchley, Sean Hallissey

2nd  Glenstal Abbey

Team A
Callum Blake, Ian Supple, Ben Costello, Saul Sheedy

Team B
Fionn O'Donnell, Luke Fahy, Luke Fitzgerald, Ben Murphy

3rd  Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Team A
Oliver Hodkinson (Captain), Gabriel Thompson, Luka McDowell, Jack Woolsey

Team B
Ryan Dumigan (Captain), Griff Black, David Martin, Adam Gibbon

4th  Dunamase College

Team A
Brian Barry (Captain), Joe Greene, Rachel Áine Ní Mharacáil, Tara Ní Thréanlámh

Team B
David Jakuboski (Captain), Alexandra Wawrzonek, Dagmara Krol, Senan Mac Réamoin

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Defeating Di Tella ARG and Dick AUS in the pool, Michalis Kirimlidis (Salle Dublin) went through to the preliminary tableau for the first time this season, earning a place at the European Championships in the process.

Kirimlidis was knocked out 15-8 in the first round by world #71 Ferjani TUN, placing 164th of 203 sabreurs at the Madrid World Cup.

Italy’s Enrico Berre was the overall champion.

Photo: Augusto Bizzi, FIE

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This year saw a record turnout for the Viking Cup as 43 sabreurs travelled to Reykjavik. With three victories apiece in the pools, both Irish fencers met one of the eventual medallists and went out in the L32.

Michael Jacob faced down Kennedy CAN, Gustavsson SWE and Pitura CAN, losing his L32 against Gelinas CAN 15-10. Gelinas went on to take silver.

Michalis Kirimlidis defeated Alvarez CHI, Bonfeld ISR and Rohrlack USA, marking Rohrlack’s last loss until the semi-finals. He was knocked out 15-13 by Monsalva CHI.

  • Michael Jacob (MX Fencing) – 23rd of 43
  • Michalis Kirimlidis (Salle Dublin) – 25th of 43 

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Our épéeists made a L32 and a L64 at the last springtime satellite in Split (which moves to the autumn for 2018/19.) 

Jamie Simpson defeated Avaert BEL and Bay Colombano ARG. After overturning Chanut FRA 15-14, Simpson was knocked out by out to Federico Marengo ITA. Former Irish Open champion Federico Bollati took the title.

Despite a victory over Tartoczki HUN, Lucy Johnson went out after the first round. The newly-crowned cadet world champion Hsieh Kaylin was this year’s winner.

  • Jamie Simpson (University of Warwick) – 30th of 55
  • Lucy Johnson (DUFC) – 53rd / 66

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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.