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Fencing Ireland by Desmond Gilhooly - 3w ago

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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Fencing Ireland by Desmond Gilhooly - 3M ago

Our 2019 AGM will take place on Friday, 14th June, 2019 at 7-8 Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2 at 6.30 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 by Aidan Clarke - 3M ago

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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The National Championships is the last tournament on the Irish Calendar. This year’s event will take place in Loretto Abbey, Dalkey on the weekend of April 27th and 28th. The entry form and further details can be found at https://irishfencing.net/competition/national-championships-2019

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“All changed, changed utterly, a terrible beauty is born.” W.B. Yeats

The sport of fencing has grown and with your help has the potential to be transformed fundamentally.

I am asking those interested in helping to create this “terrible beauty” to join your Fencing Ireland Committee in Loreto Dalkey Sports Hall on Sunday, 03 March at 10:00 am.

Why?  

With the generous support of Sport Ireland, we have commissioned a new strategic plan for Fencing.  The presentation of the plan will be made by Maeve Buckley.
Maeve Buckley is the author of the report. Maeve was voted amongst the most influential women in sport in 2014, 15 and 17 and is a specialist in developing strategies for NGBs.

Please click here to view the plan.

In order to implement many of the strategies we will need, amongst other things, to train and work with an increased number of volunteers. We will also need to recruit a General Manager and a Sport Development Officer.

What has changed?

Fencing Ireland is delighted to announce that its core funding of €27,000 per annum, has increased this year to €55,000.

We have also been awarded a €25,000 special grant from the Government Dormant Accounts Fund for equipment and sports development.

We have also received additional support from Sport Ireland to the tune of a further €8,000, covering the majority of the cost of the strategic plan and additional funding for hosting the fantastically successful Epée Satellite in the new and stunningly impressive, national sports arena in Blanchardstown.

For a sport to obtain an increase of over 300% in its funding is virtually unheard of.

We are delighted to say that, in addition to this funding we hope to conclude an agreement with TCD for joint funding of a Sport Development Officer.

These changes, handled correctly, with the right support from all of you, will transform Irish Fencing and put it on a platform of growth for many years to come.

This coincides of course with the highest ever participation by our junior and cadet athletes at the European and World Championships.

Heading off to Foggia in Italy later this week and then to Torun in Poland, are a wonderful team of young foilists, epeeists and sabreurs.  As you know we have seen tremendous success from our youngest international fencers, in particular, a podium silver medal for the young Myles Moriarty-Smyth at a huge international competition in Paris.

Finally, but by no means least, we have seen the continued growth with the Brian Boru club run by Radu in Howth, Clontarf and Blanchardstown, the green shoots of a new club run by David and Piri in Greystones and the ever expanding success of Olga in Dalkey and Ballsbridge.
Adding to this has been the unbelievable success of Patrick Dight in rolling out fencing in a great number of schools across the country and the success of last year’s inter schools competition, held at Clongowes Wood College.  We have also benefited enormously from very generous private sponsorship for our junior athletes on the island of Ireland.

However, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done.

The increased funding and the success of our athletes has created no more than a platform from which we must launch a much more ambitious plan for our sport seeking ever greater participation and even better international success.

This cannot be done by a volunteer committee and for that reason we are very pleased that we now have the funding to allow us recruit a General Manager.

However, in addition to this we need, as you will see from the strategic plan, to bring on board volunteers at every level to grow this wonderful sport.

Reminder of Where and When .

Please come and join us at 10:00am on Sunday, 03 March, in the Loreto Dalkey Sports Hall. This will be a chance to both understand the strategy we are seeking to implement, but more importantly to influence it and play a part in what may, in time, be seen as one of the greatest successes in Irish sport.
We will convert a niche sport into a sport of significant numbers, and podium positions at international level.

I look forward to seeing you.
Yours sincerely,


Philip Lee
Chairman,
FENCING IRELAND

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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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Fencing Ireland by Nightwing - 10M ago

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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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

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Fencing Ireland invites fencers and supporters to take out their 2018/19 memberships.

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