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2019 In Review: A Year To Remember – Part III

It has been yet another remarkable year for Irish sport with our women taking centre stage in 2019. We recount the highlights and our most memorable moments of the year in this 2019 review. 

Check out Part I and Part II


Ireland Qualify For Olympics Team Dressage For The First Time Ever

For the first time in history, an Irish dressage team qualified for the Olympic Games.

At the FEI European Championships, a team consisting of Judy Reynolds, Kate Dwyer, Heike Holstein and Anna Merveldt grabbed one of the three qualifying spots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after finishing second.

Going into the final round of the competition, Ireland were sitting in fourth place. However, after a brilliant performance from Judy Reynolds aboard Vancouver K, Ireland moved into second to cement qualification.

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The Irish dressage team of Anna Merveldt, Judy Reynolds, Heike Holstein and Kate Dwyer. History makers.


Ireland U20 Basketball Team Claim Promotion After Bronze Medal Win

The Ireland U20 Basketball team wrote themselves into Irish basketball history as they beat Great Britain 60-57 to win bronze at the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championships Division B.

The victory sees Ireland promoted to the U20 Division A competition next year.

The majority of the squad had earned silver in 2017, at the FIBA U18 Women’s European Championships Division B.

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Ireland defeated GB 60-57 in the third place play-off to earn promotion to Division A for the first time at this age-group.


Sanita Puspure Defends Her Gold Medal At The Rowing World Championships

Sanita Puspure defended her women’s single scull title after storming to victory at the World Rowing Championships in Austria.

Puspure opened up an enormous gap in the final 500m on her way to victory. The two-time world champion finished over a length ahead of New Zealand’s Emma Twigg, in a time of 7:17.14.

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Sanita Puspure celebrates following her victory in the Women's Single Sculls. (Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile)


Aoife O'Rourke Crowned European Boxing Middleweight Champion

Aoife O’Rourke was crowned European Elite middleweight champion in Spain.

The Roscommon middleweight beat Poland’s Elziebta Wojcik on a unanimous decision in Madrid to become only the second-ever female Irish boxer to win gold at the European Elite Championships, after Katie Taylor.

Amy Broadhurst secured bronze at the tournament in an impressive outing, with a stand-out performance against Russia’s Anastasia Beliakova securing bronze.

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European Middleweight Champion Aoife O'Rourke and her coach Paddy Sharkey


Katie O'Brien Seals Bronze Medal At World Rowing Championships

Katie O’Brien won bronze at the World Rowing Championships in the women’s PR2 A final.

O’Brien’s bronze came on her 23rd birthday where she fought through the field to cross the line in a time of 9:52.13. Kathryn Ross of Australia took home gold.

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Katie O'Brien celebrates winning bronze at the World Rowing Championships, on her 23rd birthday.


Natalya Coyle Books Her Place At The Tokyo 2020 Olympics In The Modern Pentathlon

Natalya Coyle booked her place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after finishing 8th at the modern pentathlon European Championships in England.

Coyle scored 1,335 points on her way to finishing eighth.

Tokyo 2020 will be Coyle’s third Olympics in a row, where she finished in the top ten at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.

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Coyle has now qualified for the last three Olympics in a row.


Crowley And Dukarska Clinch Olympic Qualification At World Rowing Championships

Aileen Crowley and Monika Dukarska clinched qualification for next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo after finishing second in the women’s pair (W2-) event in the B final, at the World Rowing Championships.

The pair finished eighth place overall and that was enough to secure the boat a place at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Aileen Crowley and Monika Dukarska of competing in the Women's Pair B Final at the World Rowing Championships. (Photo: Andreas Pranter/Sportsfile/Gepa Pictures)


Gillespie Wins Ireland's First Ever Medal At A Junior Track World Championships

Lara Gillespie followed up her three silver medals at the Junior European Cycling Championships earlier in the year to win bronze in the Individual Pursuit at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Germany.

Gillespie set a new Junior National Record of 2:20:438 during qualification, averaging 51.268kpm for the 2000m time trial.

This was the first time a female had ever medalled for Ireland at a World Junior Track Championships.

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Lara Gillespie won bronze in the Individual Pursuit at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Frankfurt, Germany.


Keane And Turner Triumph With Bronze At World Para Swimming Championships

Ellen Keane and Nicole Turner took home bronze at the World Para Swimming Championships in London.

Ellen Keane produced a season’s best of 1:22:42in the 100m breaststroke SB8 to earn bronze.

Nicole Turner displayed heaps of grit and determination to fight-back in the final 10m to move from  fifth to third and secure bronze in the 50m Butterfly S6.

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Ellen Keane won European gold in 2018 while Nicole Turner won European Silver in 2018. (Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile)


Dublin Ladies Make It Three All-Ireland's In A Row

In front of a record-breaking crowd of 56,114 in Croke Park, the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football team made it three All-Ireland’s in a row.

Dublin defeated Galway on a score-line of 2-3 to 0-4. Sineád Goldrick and Hannah O’Neill scored the goals for the Sky Blues.

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A record-breaking crowd of 56,114 watched Dublin make it three in a row.


Niamh Fay Crowned European Youth Boxing Champion As Ireland Bring Home Medals

Niamh Fay was crowned European Youth champion in Bulgaria after defeating Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic on a 4-1 split decision in the bantamweight division.

Fay won four fights en route to her gold in Sofia.

Donegal’s Leah Gallen (welterweight division), Roscommon’s Lisa O’Rourke (middleweight division) and Enniskerry’s Daina Moorehouse (light flyweight division) secured bronze respectively.

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Leah Gallen, Daina Moorehouse, Niamh Fay and Lisa O’Rourke pictured after returning home with medals.


George Dunlevy And McCrystal Win Double Gold At Paracycling World Cup

Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal made it three gold medals on the bounce at the UCI Paracycling World Championships, after winning the time-trial.

The Irish tandem pair crossed the line in 41:2.51 to beat New Zealand’s Emma Foy and Hannah Van Kampen by 55.28 seconds over the 31.2km course in Emmen, the Netherlands.

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Dunlevy and McCrystal are now the 207, 2018 and 2019 paracycling world time-trial champions.


Ryan And Heffernan Write History For Ireland At Gymastics World Cup

Meg Ryan and Jane Heffernan wrote history for Ireland as they won the country’s first ever World Cup medals in women’s artistic gymnastics.

Meg Ryan won the silver medal and Jane Hefferan won the bronze medal on the uneven-bars at the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Turkey.  

Women's Artistic gymnasts Meg Ryan and Jane Heffernan delivered the first Women's World Cup podium finish for Ireland


Galway Secure Third Ever Camogie Title After Defeating Kilkenny

Galway defeated Kilkenny in front of a record standalone crowd to claim their third Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.

Three first-half goals from Niamh Hanniffy and Ailish O’Reilly were key as Galway held off a determined Kilkenny.

The final score ended 3-14 to 0-17.

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Three first-half goals, from Niamh Hanniffy, Ailish O’Reilly, and a player-of-the-match performance from Niamh Kilkenny were key to Galway's victory.


Sport Ireland Announce €3m Investment In Women In Sport Programme

Sport Ireland announced details of a new multi-year investment of over €3m to 40 National Governing Bodies through the Women in Sport Programme.

They key policies in the Women In Sport Programme is to identify Coaching and Officiating, Active Participation, Leadership and Governance and Visibility.

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Sport Ireland’s investment in Women in Sport for 2019 and 2020 is €3,277,000. (Photo David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile)

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