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 email@example.com
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.
NUI Galway is the second stop of the National Circuit. This year’s West of Ireland Open will take place in the Kingfisher Club on the weekend of October 7th and 8th. The entry form and further details can be found at https://irishfencing.net/competition/west-of-ireland-open-2018
Fencing Ireland invites fencers and supporters to take out their 2018/19 memberships.
Check out the Student & U23 Calendar for a full listing of 2018/19 events on the European U23 circuit.
Entry portals will open at the beginning of August. Please note, you must have an EFC licence to enter.
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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
Division I Men's Épée (159)
113rd Michael Geraghty
Division III Women's Épée (173)
118th Sophia McGee
Junior Women's Épée (217)
208th Sophia McGee
Words and images by Fergal Moore.
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.
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.
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)
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.
View full WE results >>
Women's Épée Team (17)
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.
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.
View full WF results >>
Women's Foil Team (12)
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)
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)
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.
The FIE has released its updated list of approved masks (with regulation fastening systems) for use in the 2018/19 season.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Cork City & County
||Cobh Community Centre
||Wednesday 7pm-9pm (June only)
||Mardyke Arena, Cork
|By prior arrangement – contact email@example.com
||Loreto Abbey, Dalkey
|Brian Boru FC
||Pentathlon Centre, National Sports Campus
||Good Counsel GAA Club, Drimnagh
Kids club: Sunday 10am-11:30am
||Trinity College Sports Centre
||Unlimited Fitness, Oranmore
|Munster Blades FC
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.