• Medals for Noble and Cheung in Glasgow

    23/05/2017 High PerformanceMedals for Noble and Cheung in Glasgow

    After a very successful team event at the U13 Glasgow Youth International, Sophia Noble and Matthew Cheung went on the take silver medals in the mixed doubles event. Sophia also had some impressive results in the women's singles to take a second silver medal. 

    It was the first time Ireland has ever won medals at this event. In the girls singles, Sophia topped her group of three to go into the elimination stages of the tournament. Sophia won three matches to make the final where she came up against Ashwati Nair of England. she fought well but lost out 21-11 21-16 and settled for a sliver medal.

    In the mixed doubles, Sophia and Matthew played well throughout the event. They had four wins to reach the finals, as well a knocking out the number two seed in the semi-final match. In the final, they gave the 3/4 seeds a good match but lost out in three close games 21-19 14-21 21-15. The coaches were very pleased with the player's performances over the weekend:

    "After the players did so well in the team event it was fantastic to round the weekend up with more medals in the individual event. The team have been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with them again next season." - Jennie Magee.

    For a full round-up of the Irish matches from the individual event click on this link.

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  • Ireland go for Gold in Glasgow as they make the final of the team event read more…..

    19/05/2017 High PerformanceIreland go for Gold in Glasgow as they make the final of the team event read more…..

    The Irish under 13 team will play for Gold in the Glasgow youth international team event as they finished top of their group with wins over The Shires, Webber Badminton academy and Glasgow. The team led by Micheal O’Meara and Jennie King will face Leicestershire PC who topped Group A with wins over Scotland, Wales and Team Skyfall.

    Ireland has done well to finish ahead of the other home nation teams but will have a difficult match ahead as Leicestershire PC were convincing winners of Group B.

    “I am extremely happy with the team’s performance so far, they have shown great fighting spirit to make it to the final with some excellent performances over tough opposition. We are now looking forward to fighting once more and this time it will be for gold, but we also expect it to be a difficult match against Leicestershire PC who have had a number of big wins in their group of the competition. It will be an exciting final for all involved Jennie King Irish under 13 team coach

    For a full list of results from all the team matches please click here

  • U13 Irish Team Travel to Glasgow Youth International

    17/05/2017 High PerformanceU13 Irish Team Travel to Glasgow Youth International

    The Irish U13 Team is travelling to the Glasgow Youth International this weekend from the 19th-21st of June. They will be taking part in the team and individual event. The team event takes place on the Friday while the individual event runs on the Saturday and Sunday. The team travelling is as follows:


    Matthew Cheung

    Vincent Pontanosa

    Ben Lawlor

    Stuart McCollum


    Sofia Noble

    Chloe Woods

    Julia O'Reilly

    Neasa Flynn

    Best of luck to the team and managers Michael O'Meara and Jennie King. 

    Please click on this link for the team event draws.

    Please click on the link for the individual event draws.



  • Rathfarnham Parish Badminton Club 75th Anniversary Tournament

    15/05/2017 DevelopmentRathfarnham Parish Badminton Club 75th Anniversary Tournament

    Rathfarnham Badminton Club would like to invite all members to join them, in Celebration of their 75th Year Anniversary.


    As you can imagine, this is a super achievement for our club and we would like to share this experience with as many people whom we have encountered over the years, be it on court over the net, court-side, at many a fancy supper or even meeting through leagues and cups at their many events!!

    We are holding a Mixed Doubles, Tournament in Whitehall Road on the 27th May. Divisions 4-6 12:00-3pm and Divisions 7-10 3-6pm. There promises to be many a game and fun on the day....even some spot prizes!! So dust off the rackets for one last hit before the summer swoops in!!

    The evening event will be open to all to attend in which we hope you will share memories, make new friends and help us celebrate with our raffle extravaganza, cake, food and much more!! We will be upstairs in the bar area from 6pm and would love to see as many of you as possible! Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets ( €3 each or 2 for €5) before the event or on the day...prizes include:

    1. 2 night stay for 2 ppl at Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry

    2. 2 Phil Collins Concert Tickets

    3. Personal Training with Scott Furlong

    4. Carlton Badminton Racket & Gear

    5. Spin 1038 Goodie Bag & Cinema Tickets

    6. Wireless Headphones

    7. Drinks Hamper

    8. Food Hamper

    9. 1 week in Camp Rathdown for 1 child

    10. Dinner for 2 at Enigma Restaurant

    11. McGuirks Golf Voucher


    Click on this link for the entry form.

    Please note: all entries are to this address: or secretary: by Monday 22nd May 2017.

    Rahfarnham Parish Badminton Club Secretary

  • Dorothy Darlington, Mother of Cheryl Evans

    15/05/2017 GeneralDorothy Darlington, Mother of Cheryl Evans

    On behalf of everyone at Badminton Ireland I want to express our condolences to Cheryl Evans, Martyn, Lee and Scott on the sad passing of Cheryl's mother, Dorothy.

    Ronan Rooney
    Badminton Ireland

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A,D,G Individual Graded Review

The All Ireland Indivdual A,D & G grades was held at Lisburn Racquets Club on the 13th May 2017. Here are some highlights from each grade.


Grade A

Vicki Pesti and Stuart Lightbody won two categories each. Vicki won her first trophy by beating Rebecca Getty in the Singles Final. Vicki then teamed up with Karen Nelson to win the Women’s Doubles 21-18 & 21-19 over Gillian Grimes and Ciara Nelson. Stuart Lightbody also enjoyed success in the Double’s division. Stuart and his partner Conor Hickland won in three games over Mark Cobbe & Adam Jermyn 21-15, 11-21, 21-13. Stuart won his second title of the day beating Declan Bennett and Vicki Pesti in the Mixed Doubles Final. Stuart and his partner Crona Rooney won 21-11, 19-21, 21-9.


Men’s Singles – Nicholas Murphy

Women’s Singles – Vicki Pesti

Men’s Doubles – Stuart Lightbody / Conor Hickland

Women’s Doubles – Vicki Pesti / Karen Nelson

Mixed Doubles – Stuart Lightbody / Crona Rooney


Grade D

Darren Lee stole the headlines in the D category. Darren won the Men’s Singles 21-18, 21-5 over Jimmy Paul. Darren went on to win his second title by winning the Men’s Doubles. Darren teamed up with David McLean to win an enthralling final against Jerry Noble & Suresh Shanmughan 14-21, 21-16, 21-13.



Men’s Singles – Darren Lee

Women’s Singles – Alex Chan Taylor

Men’s Doubles – Darren Lee / David McLean

Women’s Doubles – Kinga Dabrowska / Larisa Samorosenko

Mixed Doubles – Leon Coe / Lesley Cobbe


Grade G

Two players took away the all but one of the G titles. Adrian Rabbitte and Eva De Las Heras both won two categories each. The two paired up to win the mixed doubles final over Owen Casey & Regina Scally 21-18, 21-9. Eva had one the tightest finals of the day in the Women’s Singles. She beat Ceiti Daly 20-22, 21-14, 22-20. Adrian won his second title with Fiachra Crowley. Both players’ partners had withdrawn earlier in the day and they would be joined together on the morning of the tournament. Adrian and Fiachra worked well together to come away with a three game win in the Mens' Doubles Final over Garry Ennett and Adrian Kenneally 16-21, 21-16, 21-18.


Men’s Singles – Ben Power

Women’s Singles – Eva De Las Heras

Men’s Doubles – Adrian Rabbitte / Fiachra Crowley

Women’s Doubles – Ceiti Daly / Sinead Daly

Mixed Doubles – Adrian Rabbitte / Eva De Las Heras



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Irish under 17 team announcement

The 2017 European U17 Championships will be played in Prague, the Czech Republic from 21-29 November 2017. The team selected to represent Ireland at the team and Individual event is as follows




Mark Kinnerk

Michael Staunton

Daniel O’Meara

Peter McDonald


Niamh Gannon

Rachael Woods

Alexandra Troy

Rebecca Woods

Mark Phelan and Aisling Ryan will be the coaches travelling with the team. In the lead up to the event, Badminton Ireland will look at holding a fundraising event to help support the team. More information on the summer fundraising events will follow.


All Ireland Inter-leagues Review

The conclusion of the 2017 leagues across Ireland came to a close on Sunday 7th May. The top club teams from around the country played against each other in their respective grades. The C,D,E and G grades were played at Baldoyle badminton centre whilst the F and H grades were played at Terenure Badminton Centre.



Grade C

The Grade C category was won by Johnswell. In their first match Johnswell beat GLTC with relative ease. After overcoming a difficult start in the singles, the team showed real strength in their doubles partnership. This allowed them to come away with a 6-1 victory. To secure the grade, Johnswell beat Waterford 5-2. Despite facing some tough position and nervy moments Johnswell kept composed to once again put in a very strong performance in the doubles.


Grade D

Ailesbury and Country club competed in a straight final in the D category. Ailsbury took control of the match early on by winning both their singles ties in straight games. The men’s doubles match saw Country Club pull back a tie as Michael Carson and Cormac Franks overcame David Freeney and Krzysztof Sieczkowski in a fifty minute back and forth match. This meant after the singles and doubles Ailesbury led 3-1 meaning that everything was to play for going into the mixed doubles. Ailsbury produced a strong showing winning two out of the three ties to win the match 5-2.


Grade E

GLTC came out victorious in the Grade E category. Taking away two 5-2 wins over Baltinglass and Kilmacthomas respectively. The match against Kilmacthomas was the deciding fixture in the grade. GLTC started fast with wins in both the singles. This meant that if GLTC won two of their remaining five matches they would be declared the winners. Tom Doherty and Emma Murphy both won their second game after their previous singles wins to secure the title. Despite a strong mixed doubles showing by GLTC this was all a consolation.


Grade F

The Grade F category was very closely contested. After a narrow 4-3 victory over Athboy-Kells. Killarney would come up against Ballina in the final match of the grade. After Ballina lost 4-3 to Athboy-Kells, a victory for them would see a three way tie in the group. Ballina started quickly winning both the singles matches. Killarney responded with two wins in the doubles. This set up an intruding final three matches. Despite a competitive fixture from Ballina, Killarney were able to come away with the trophy after edging out the mixed doubles with three victories. Two of the three mixed doubles matches would go to three games.


Grade G

Sligo City beat Kilmacthomas in their final game with ease to claim the category. Sligo did not have it all their own way however in their first match against Mullingar. Both teams played to a very high standard and traded wins. Sligo were leading 3-1 going into the mixed doubles knowing that one win would see them win the match. Mullingar gave Sligo a fright as they won two of the last three games in three sets. However Miriam Brandt and Gus Chapman were able to win their mixed doubles game 21-18 and 21-12 to help Sligo take the match.

Grade H

Nomads were able to come away with two victories in the grade H category to be crowned champions. After a 5-2 win over Claddaghduff, the category would be decided against St.Mary’s. Both teams had one win each coming into the match and Nomads won both the singles matches to give them the early lead. Gillian Hugnes and Emma Mullock came away with a three set win winning 23-21 in the last to give Nomads a 3-1 going into the mixed doubles. Nomads produced a clinical mixed doubles performance to claim the H title.


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