• Scottish Open Grand Prix Qualification Round Up

    22/11/2017 High PerformanceScottish Open Grand Prix Qualification Round Up

    Rachael Darragh has made it through to the main draw in both the ladies singles and the mixed doubles alongside partner Paul Reynolds at the Scottish Grand Prix. Mark Brady lost out in three games to Alex Marritt of England in his opening match. Sara Boyle also lost out to Freja Ravn of Denmark. Sinead and Ciaran Chamber were promoted to the main draw.

    The main draw takes place later this evening with Nhat Nguyen taking on the tough opponent of Pablo Abian from Spain. Joshua Magee will take on Alex Marritt also this evening in the singles main draw.

    For a full list of Irish matches taking place, you can click on this link.

  • Opening Day Results From World Para- Badminton Championships

    22/11/2017 High PerformanceOpening Day Results From World Para- Badminton Championships

    A total of twenty pairs had entered the Mixed Doubles Wheelchair competition in the World Para-Badminton Championships and Ireland’s Laura Lee Jenkins was paired with India’s Abu Hubaida and enjoyed an excellent, though hard-earned win over the Swiss pair Christian Hamboeck/Cynthia Mathez 21-18 14-21 21-9 but could just not get over the line against the strong Russian pair Stepanov/Kuzmenko, despite having taken the opening set 21-13.

    The Russian pair responded to take the second 21-16 but in the third Laura and her partner Abu had six-game points but were unable to convert them while the Russian pair took advantage of their one game point to secure an important 22-20 victory in the group stages.

    They were later up against the No9/10 seeds in Hiroshi Murayama/Rie Ogura and even in the opening set prevented their opponents from running away with the match restricting the Japanese pair to winning no more than five consecutive points with the number of consecutive points won only slightly higher in the second.

    In the women’s singles Emma Farnham was up against the No 2 seed Rebecca Bedford, losing in straight sets but should finish runner-up in Group B with a victory over Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen when they meet on Thursday, but it is in the Women’s doubles SS6 that should see Emma and her partner Maria Bartusz (Poland) confirm their No2 seeding and contest the final with a silver medal as their reward.

    In Group B they are certainly more than capable of beating the other partnerships Randika Doling and Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores, Kobie Jane Donovan/Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen, and Yasmin EIssa/Ruhi Satish Shingade.

    Other members of the Ireland team were to face seeded players in their opening matches including Chris Stewart, who could hardly have wished for a more difficult opponent in his opening match in Group C of the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 class with one of the favourites Dong Seop Lee (Korea), a winner in the USA Para-Badminton International at the end of October, winning in straight sets.

    In the Men’s Doubles Chris was back in tandem with Michael Smith, who was responsible for getting him into the sport and they faced the No3/4 seeds Ho Yuen Chan and Thomas Wandschneider and a pair from China Jianpeng and Zimo Qu..

    In the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 class Michael is due to play Young-Chin MI (Germany) and the No5/8 seed Marcelo Alves Conceicao in Group G.

    Stephen Halpin also met one of the favourites in his opening match, the No3/4 seed Sukant Kadam which he lost in straight sets but he was unfortunate not to get his first victory in Group D against Van Tan Pham (Vietnan) when he lost narrowly 21-14 21-17.

    Follow all the Irish results on this link.

    Piece by Brian Kelly.


  • McVeigh gets World Title bid off to a great start in Korea

    22/11/2017 High PerformanceMcVeigh gets World Title bid off to a great start in Korea

    Ireland’s Niall McVeigh got his quest for a medal at the Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea off to the start he needed with a three set victory over Man Kai Chun (Hong Kong) who was always going to be a difficult opponent, having back in June taken England’s Krysten Coombs and one of the favourites for the title to three in the Irish Para-Badminton Championships.

    Seeded No5/6 in the Men’s singles in the Short Stature 6 class McVeigh took the opening set 21-16, lost the second 21-17 and not unexpectedly the deciding set was one which had the spectators on the edge of their seats as both players matched each other in an exciting encounter with the two-times World and European champion able to seal the victory 22-20 though Chu had one match point which he wasn’t able to convert while the Alpha player needed only one opportunity to seal the victory.

    He will now have a break from the singles until Thursday, facing Hsiiao-Yuan Hsiung (Chinese Taipei) and Mark Joseph Dharmai (Indonesia) on Thursday.

    Niall was also in action in the Mixed Doubles where he is paired with Peru’s Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores and they are seeded No3.

    They have got off to an excellent start beating Alexander Mekhdiev and Deirdre Nagle 21-12 21-10 in just 27 minutes and took only 14 minutes to see off Paul and Randika Doling 21-4 21-6.

    The Indian pair of Raja Magotra and Satish Shingade found the McVeigh/Poveda Flores partnership too strong as they succumbed 21-12 21-5 to secure a quarter-final place in the Mixed Doubles where they meet Mark Joseph Dharmai and Maria Bartusz.

    Follow all of the Irish matches on the link.

    Piece by Brian Kelly.

  • U17 European Team Championships 2017 - Team Event

    22/11/2017 High PerformanceU17 European Team Championships 2017 - Team Event

    Ireland began their campaign in the European U17 Team Championships today with a tie against Ukraine on Court 6 in the Sterboholy Arena.

    Ireland knew that this Ukrainian team would be tough opponents but rallied together for their team chant which received applause from spectators in the hall!

    First up for the Irish in the boy's singles was Daniel O'Meara who faced Danylo Shevchenko. Despite a nervy start O'Meara gained composure after the break in the first set and earned himself several good points following some clever serve variation. Daniel fought hard in the second set also but was unlucky with some unforced errors at pivotal points. Overall he showed great attitude and fighting throughout the game and gained invaluable experience at this level.

    Rachael Woods took to court for the girl’s singles against Valeria Rudokova, who is seeded 9 in the girl’s singles for the individual event. Rachael showed her intent from the start, with several strong smashes finding the lines, in a game that was played at an incredibly high tempo. The game had team-mates and coaches on the edge of their seats as the girls went into the third set and final set. Each girl had to work patiently and tirelessly to outsmart and out-maneuver her opponent in a game that went to a tie-break. Rachael was unfortunate to lose out on this occasion but has proved that she can compete with the very best at this age in Europe.

    Daniel took to court again alongside Michael Staunton in the boy's doubles encounter. The boys started extremely well, playing with aggression and skill especially in the forecourt. Michael and Daniel began to let nerves creep in with some mistakes in their serve and return of serve in the build-up to the break in the first game. Once settled, the boys fought hard in the second half of this set showing great determination and teamwork to win a string of points. The boys continued to work hard in the second set and were unlucky with several shots finding the wrong side of the line. The very composed Ukrainians took this match also in the end.

    Rebecca Woods and Rachael Woods faced Arina Marushchak and Daria Poida in the girls doubles. The Irish girls got off to an excellent start in what was a ferociously contested first 5 exchanges between the pairs. The Ukrainian girls were relentless in their attack and solid in their defence which the Wood's twins found difficult to break the run of points that their opponents gained as a result of this.

    Niamh Gannon and Mark Kinnerk played in the final game of the match in the mixed doubles against Rozhkov and Rudukova. Again the Irish started very well in the first set, with Niamh commanding the net and killing off net exchanges following vigorous rallies. However, despite showing determination and fight the Irish pair were unable to match the consistency of their opponents and lost out on this occasion.

    Despite the loss, coaches Mark and Aisling feel that there are many positives as well as learning opportunities to take from this encounter. The players will take their learning into their final group matches against Slovenia and France. Ireland will face Slovenia tomorrow at 8 am Irish time. We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their well wishes so far in this tournament.

    Report by team coach Aisling Ryan 

    Follow the link for live streaming of the event.

  • 2018 Coaching courses application now open

    21/11/2017 Coaching2018 Coaching courses application now open

    Badminton Ireland has a number of coach education courses scheduled for the 2017-18 season. The courses range for those starting off in coaching with the Introduction to coaching course “Shuttle Time” all the way up to the level 2 course that is recognised by both Sport Ireland and the Badminton World Federation.

    To apply for any of the upcoming course, please click on the following links

    The dates of the courses can be seen in the image below or by clicking on the Badminton Ireland coaching calendar.

    In addition to the 2018 dates, there will be a Shuttle Time course held in Coleraine on December 16th. Places for the Coleraine course are still available, so please register now to confirm a place.




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Membership Update

Dear Members

Update 17 November 2017

Please find attached the link to the list of Members for the 2017/18 season.

** Reminder to all Clubs that have yet to affiliate their club or members, the 2016/17 season ends on the 30/11/17 and therefore if you are not registered in advance of that date you are not insured  to play.

Following on from my initial Membership Update at the start of the season, I would like to update you all with some key points to note as we progress through the 2017/18 season:

1 - To date, 272 amount of clubs have re-affiliated with a further 143 left to do so, Clubs not already affiliated will have to pay €50 in club fees compared with €25 paid by clubs that affiliated in October. Further to this, I am pleased to report that 56% of the membership has affiliated online, so far affiliation online is the fastest and most secure option for clubs, resulting in immediate affiliation and insurance cover without any waiting time. The average wait time of clubs submitting their affiliation via post is five working days.


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Events 2017/18 Season

The 2017/18 Badminton Ireland Events season is up and running. This off-season the Badminton Ireland staff and committee members have worked hard towards making the upcoming season more efficient and a better experience for all those involved in the events process.


This season sees some new rules & regulations come into place as well as some minor changes to the events procedures. Please see below for a summary of these new changes.

  1. New Age Rules for Juniors - Click here for the full article on these changes
  2. New Events Rules - Click here to view the Events Overview page where all updated tournament rules can be found
  3. Change to Entry Fee Payments - All Badminton Ireland Events will have a handling fee for any payments made on the day of an event. Pre-payment via Paypal, Bank Transfer or Cheque will be available before 4.30pm on the Friday before the event.  


New Areas on Website

Events Overview

In this section of the website, you will find an overall summary of the 2017/18 events calendar. These sections will include:

  • Event Page
  • Online Entry
  • Tournament Rules 

You will also be able to see the entry deadline and the date/venue of the event. 


If you are looking to enter a Badminton Ireland event this season. This section will have all the information that you will need!


To find the events overview just follow these simple steps below:

1)    Either click on Events or hover over events and click Events Overview


2) Scroll through the events to find the one for you


One Irish International completed and one just around the corner

Badminton Ireland has been privileged to host two international events within a few months. In September 2017 Badminton Ireland hosted the FZ U19 Irish Open. This event was held in Lisburn Racquets Club and saw 112 athletes from across Europe compete for vital Badminton Europe ranking points. The crowd were treated to some sublime badminton and witnessed local up and coming players such as Nhat Nyguen and Paul Reynolds enjoy success. Nhat and Paul were able to come away Gold in the Men's Doubles before Nhat finished off the tournament with a three-game victory over Belgium's Julien Carraggi to win his second Gold of the competition in the Men's Singles. Outside of the Badminton Europe event, the U15 Irish Open was also hosted at the same time. This saw many young promising Irish talent compete in an international competition. With the finals being held at the same time beside the U19 Irish Open, this gives a unique experience to these players who can hopefully replicate the success of Nhat and Paul in the future. 


To see the full review please click here.


Coming up in a matter of weeks is the 104th Irish Open. For the second year in a row, this prestigious event will be hosted at the National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown. Athletes will be coming from around the world to compete in what should be an exciting week. The Qualification matches will commence on the 5th December with the finals being played on Friday the 8th December. Tickets are free, so come along and be a part of what should be an entertaining event.


For all the information on the FZ Irish Open please click here to see the event page.


Badminton Europe host Para-Badminton Event in Lisburn

Badminton Ireland had the privileged to host both a BWF event and a Badminton Europe event over the same weekend in Lisburn Racquets Club between 8th-12th November. BWF ran a Para-Badminton tutor course which saw 10 participants from around the world looking to progress as coaches and lead tutor courses of their own. After this two day course, Badminton Europe would host their 3rd Annual BEC Para-Badminton Event. The event was split between a coaching conference and a high-performance training camp. This was a great opportunity for coaches to practice their skills on the elite para-athletes before they went to South Korea for the World Championships. The course consisted of 48 people including 27 athletes and 21 coaches. The event was a great success, as Badminton Ireland look to continue to build relationships with the Para-Badminton players in the run-up to the 2018 FZ Forza Para-Badminton Open. 







Conor Doherty

Events Assistant



Munster Open 2017

A wonderful weekend of Badminton in UL as players from all over the Country took part in the Munster Premier Open. There was fantastic badminton on display all weekend. Play started on Saturday with the Men’s and Ladies singles. In the Men’s singles, Jonathan Dolan took the title beating Nigel Boyne in the final. In the Ladies event, Moya Ryan beat Rachael Woods.

On Sunday the Doubles and Mixed were played. In the Men’s Doubles, Jonathan Dolan & Ryan Stewart beat Daniel Magee and Eddie Cousins. In the Ladies Doubles, Jennie King & Keady Smith beat Rachael Woods and Rebecca Woods. In the last final of the day saw Daniel Magee and Jennie King beat Jonathan Dolan and Beth Stephenson in a thrilling 3 set match.

On behalf of Munster Badminton I would like to thank all the players who supported the event, showed great sportsmanship and cooperation all weekend. Good luck to all players for the rest of the season and we hope to see you all again next year.


Men's Singles Winner - Jonathan Dolan 

Men's Singles Runner-Up - Nigel Boyne












Women's Singles Winner - Moya Ryan

Women's Singles Runners Up  - Rachael Woods   











Men's Doubles Winners - Jonathan Dolan & Ryan Stewart

Men's Doubles Runners-Up - Daniel Magee & Eddie Cousins









Ladies Doubles Winners - Jennie King & Keady Smith

Ladies Doubles Runners Up - Rachael & Rebecca Woods










Mixed Doubles Winners - Daniel Magee & Jennie King

Mixed Doubles Runners-Up - Jonathan Dolan & Beth Stephenson











Trudy Kennedy

Munster Secretary.


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