Aoife O'Rourke

  • Castlerea’s Aoife O'Rourke won gold at the Women's European Boxing Championships last night.

    She beat Poland's Elzebieta Wojcik to become only the second Irishwomen to win gold at the Elite level.

    The Roscommon native won the fight on a unanimous decision.

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    Castlerea boxer Aoife O'Rourke is one of a number of Irish boxers fighting for Olympic berths at the European Olympic Qualifying Tournament in London this week.

    The Castlerea boxer, and 2019 European champion, will take on an Viktoriya Kebikava of Belarus tomorrow - St Patrick's Day.

    This is the first of two opportunities for Irish boxers to gain qualification to the Tokyo games this Summer - boxers who don't achieve qualification in London will have a second chance to qualify at the World Tournament in Paris in May.

  • Aoife O'Rourke from Castlerea is guaranteed to win at least a silver medal after her middleweight semi-final against Russian opponent Anastasia Shamonova at the European Women's Elite Championships in Madrid. 

    The Roscommon native outclassed Shamonova, the current World and Olympic Youth champion, winning on a split decision with one of the five judges awarding the fight to the Russian.

    O'Rourke now progresses to this evening's final against Poland's Elzebieta Wojcik.

  • Castlerea boxer Aoife O’Rourke is in action today at the Women's World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

    Aoife is in last 16 action against Lauren Price of Wales in the 75kg Category.

  • Aoife O'Rourke has bowed out of the Women's World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

    The Roscommon fighter lost her middleweight last 16 encounter with Lauren Price of Wales.

  • There are five Irish boxers in action on Day 1 of the European Olympic qualifiers in Paris today.

    Aoife O'Rourke has just won her first fight against Viktoriya Kebikava from Belarus.

    The Castlerea boxer is now just one win away from securing her place at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Aoife O'Rourke came up short this evening against Naoimi Graham from the USA in the semi-final of the 72nd Strandja Multi-Nations in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    The Castlerea boxer put in a huge effort but can proudly return home with a bronze medal.

  • Two more Irish boxers booked their places at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

    Roscommon's Aoife O'Rourke beat Polish featherweight Ela Wojcik on a unanimous decision.

    Dublin boxer Kellie Harrington has also qualified after receiving the nod from all the judges in her qualifier quarter-final against Maiva Hamadouche in Paris.

  • Castlerea’s Aoife O’Rourke upgraded her guaranteed bronze medals to at least silver in emphatic style at the European U/22 Championships in Targu Jui, Romania.

    Both women produced massive last-four performances to progress to Sunday’s finals.

    The Roscommon middleweight scored a unanimous decision – with a few 10-8 rounds apiece thrown into the bargain – versus France’s Belinda Limuka and Italy’s Carlotta Paoletti.

     

    European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships Targu Jiu, Romania March 24/April 2

    April 1st

    Finals

    60kg Amy Boadhurst (Ireland) v Francesca Matuschiello (Italy)
    75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Busenas Sermeneli (Turkey)

    Irish squad

    Female

    75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) (Silver, at least)
    60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Silver, at least)
    57kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
    51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
    48kg Shannon Sweeney (St Annes)

    Male

    52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
    56kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
    75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
    91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)

  • Olympic Boxing Club’s Gabriel Dossen gets his European U22 Boxing Championship campaign underway today in the 75kg category this afternoon when he faces Hambardzum Hakobyan from Armenia in the last sixteen.

    Gabriel is expected in the ring at approximately 2pm Irish Time.

    Castlerea’s Aoife O Rourke is through to the Semi-Final of the Womens U22 75Kg Category.

    She fights Carlotta Paoletti of Italy with the fight expected to be held tomorrow but there is still no confirmation on when it will take place.

     

  • Castlerea boxer Aoife O’Rourke has this evening secured her place in the semi-finals of the Strandja multi nations in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Aoife overcame Turkish boxer Sennur Demir leaving nothing in the ring winning on a split decision 4-1.

    Aoife will return to the ring tomorrow in the semi-finals where she is now guaranteed at least a bronze medal.

  • Castlerea Boxing Club says Aoife O'Rourke's success in qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics is down to hard work and dedication to her training.

    23-year old Aoife qualified for next month's Olympic Games over the weekend.

    Her coach for the past 7 years Paddy Sharkey, who's Chairman of Castlerea Boxing Club, told Midwest Sport that she's a great role model for other young sportspeople, and said her success in qualifying is great news for the local community and for the West of Ireland...

  • The Ireland boxing squad for the European qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 in London has been confirmed.

    There will be 13 Irish boxers at the Copperbox Arena for the event, which gets underway on the 13th of March.

    Current European Middleweight champion Aoife O'Rourke from Castlerea is included.

    A total of 77 Olympic places will be up for grabs in the eight weight classes for males and five for females.

    There will also be one final World qualifier for the Tokyo Games in Paris in May.

     

     

     

  • A Special homecoming celebration is planned in Castlerea this evening for new women’s European Boxing Champion Aoife O’Rourke.

    She beat Poland’s Elzebieta Wojcik to become only the second Irish woman to win gold at the Elite Level.

    Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Pascal Fitzmaurice has confirmed to Midwest News that a special celebration will take place on the square in Castlerea this evening at 7pm for Aoife.