European Games

Baku Begins with Spectacular Opening Ceremony


Anticipation and speculation had been mounting for months, and the excitement in Baku over recent days had been palpable. Preparations for the Opening Ceremony were carried out under conditions of total secrecy, with the participation of pop star Lady Gaga only revealed at the very last minute. Baku 2015’s curtain-raiser did not disappoint, as the […]

Double Gold For Team Ireland

Ireland have claimed two gold medals at the European Games with Katie Taylor winning the women’s lightweight title, and Michael O’Reilly securing the men’s middleweight crown, at the Crystal Hall, Baku. 28-year-old Taylor won gold with a unanimous decision against France’s Estelle Mossely in a performance of consummate class, prevailing 40-36, 40-36, 39-37 to claim an 18th […]

Young Swimmer to Carry Irish Flag at Closing Ceremony

The Olympic Council of Ireland has chosen 14 year old Mona McSharry from Co. Sligo as the Irish flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony in Baku’s National Stadium tomorrow (Sun June 28).   Mona, who swims with Ballyshannon S.C., is the youngest member of Team Ireland and will join flag bearers from 50 nations at […]

Double’s Bronze Medals for Magee’s

The Magee family will look forward to two medal ceremonies over the weekend. Sam Magee and sister Chloe lost their semi final today against the French pair Fontaine and Mittel 21-12, 23-21, but still earned a European Bronze Medal in the mixed doubles. Their medal ceremony will take place on Sunday afternoon. Sam and brother […]

Magee’s Through But Evans Exits

Chloe and Sam Magee are through to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles after beating Polish pair Aneta Wojtkow and Pawel Pietryja. In a match that lasted 34 minutes, the Donegal brother and sister duo beat the Poles 21-18, 21-12. 26-year-old Chloe and 25-year-old Sam will face France’s Gaetan Mittelheisser and Audrey Fontaine in the […]

McComb Wins European Bronze Medal

Sean McComb won a bronze medal in Baku after losing his lightweight semi-final to Azerbaijan’s  Albert Selimov. The impressive and vastly experienced number one seed Selimov won on a unanimous decision over the Belfast 22-year-old. McComb hopes took a blow in the second round with a bad cut on his right temple from a clash of […]

Taylor in European Games Final

Olympic champion and five-time world champion Katie Taylor beat Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna on a split decision to reach the women’s lightweight final. It was a close-fought battle Taylor was pushed to the limit by Alekseevna who was roared on by the partisan home crowd. The three judges all scored the bout 38-38 but two of […]

Ireland Basketball lose out to Russia

The Irish women’s team took to outdoor court number two for their 3×3 basketball quarter-final against Russia.   The Russians,top seeds won in the end by 21-15. But Ireland gave them a hard fought game with the sides level at 7-7 midway through. “I’m disappointed we gave up the 21 points against them because we […]

Silver Lining for Irvine in Baku

Congratulations to Brendan Irvine who produced another big performance at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan , but fell just short in the 49kg final to Russian southpaw Bator Sagaluev. The ex World Series of Boxing fighter was handed a split decision over the Irishman after three, three minute rounds at the Crystal Hall. The experienced Sagaluev, […]

Ireland Relay Team 6th in European Final

A final, two semi-finals, two Irish Junior Records and a World Junior Championships qualification saw Ireland’s swimmers complete their best day so far at the Baku Aquatics Centre on day three of competition at the European Games in Azerbaijan.   Ireland’s quartet of Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Emma Reid and Rachel Bethel qualified for the […]

Sam and Josh Magee into semi-final

Congratulations to Sam and Joshua Magee who created history by securing at least a bronze medal in the first ever European Games. The Irish pair beat Mayijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski of Belgium in the quarterfinals. They now face the current European champions Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov. On the other side of the draw […]
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