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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

Committee:

  • 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 secretary@irishfencing.net

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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

Agenda

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 secretary@irishfencing.net

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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.