Aoife O'Rourke gets European Games call

Jun 9, 2023 18:27 By Dave Hooper
Aoife O'Rourke gets European Games call
9 June 2023; Aoife O'Rourke during a Team Ireland Boxing squad announcement in advance of the 2023 European Games Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
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O'Rourke is joined by Kellie Harrington and Amy Broadhurst

Aoife O’Rourke has been selected for the European Games in Poland, this month.

The multi-sport Games offers a key opportunity for team Ireland boxers to achieve Olympic qualification. Importantly, there are up to four Paris 2024 quota spots across each boxing category to be awarded.

Castlerea boxer O’Rourke will compete in her 75kg class. Indeed Olympic champion Kellie Harrington (60kg) joins O'Rourke in Poland. World champion Amy Broadhurst (66kg) has also been named.


“This is an exceptional team with enormous potential” declared head coach Zauri Antia. “Their preparations in training camps and competitions this year have been excellent.

“I have great faith in every member of the team to perform to the very best of their ability at the European Games, up-holding boxing as Ireland’s most successful Olympic sport.”

Indeed, Ireland is one of the highest-ranked countries going into the boxing tournament. Undoubtedly, the team boasting multiple world and European medallists.


While medals and podiums will be in the minds of the athletes. Subsequently, the key focus for the boxing team will be to progress through the relevant rounds that will secure them Paris Olympic qualification.

The boxing programme in Krakow spans almost the full competition, running from June 23rd to July second. While the medals will be decided on the final two days. However, all eyes will be on the June 28 and 30, when the Olympic qualification spots will be decided. Whereas, the Nowy Targ Arena, almost 100km from Krakow City, hosts the compeition.

Team Ireland boxers


Daina Moorehouse (Bray, Co. Wicklow) Women’s 50kg

Jennifer Lehane (Ashbourne, Co. Meath) Women’s 54kg

Michaela Walgh (Belfast, Co. Antrim) Women’s 57kg


Kellie Harrington (Dublin) Women’s 60kg

Amy Broadhurst (Dundalk, Co. Louth) Women’s 66kg

Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea, Co. Roscommon) Women’s 75kg


Sean Mari (Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin) Men’s 51kg

Jude Gallagher (Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone) Men’s 57kg

Dean Clancy (Sligo) Men’s 63.5kg

Dean Walsh (Wexford) Men’s 71kg

Kelyn Cassidy (Ballybeg, Waterford) Men’s 80kg

Jack Marley (Sallynoggin, Co. Dublin) Men’s 92kg

The European Games run from June 20th to July second in Krakow and will see approximately 120 Irish athletes across 17 sports.

Indeed, this is the third edition of the European Games. A multi-sport event run by the European Olympic committees and will see athletes compete across districts in the Krakow-Malopolska region.

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