Irish Paralympic 7-a-side soccer team depart for 2014 CPISRA European Championships in Portugal

The Irish Paralympic soccer squad of fourteen departed Dublin yesterday bound for Maia, Portugal, for the CPISRA 2014 European Championships which take place from July 23rd – August 2nd inclusive.

This Irish team of athletes with Cerebral Palsy, led by Captain Luke Evans, is currently ranked sixth in the world, and fourth in Europe following an impressive fourth place finish at the CPISRA Intercontinental Cup last year.

Drawn in Group A alongside the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark the Irish team will be confident of securing a path through to the quarter-finals with themselves and the Netherlands (currently one place ahead of Ireland in the world rankings) hopefully vying for top spot in the group. Ukraine, drawn in Group A are the top ranked team in the world at the moment with Current Paralympic Champions from London 2012; Russia the pick of Group B.

With eleven teams in total competing eight progress to the quarter-final stage from the three groups. Coached by Gerard Glynn and Derek Kavanagh this Irish team are hopeful of a really strong showing in the heat of Portugal and get their challenge underway with their opener against Finland at midday on Thursday 24th July.

At the last European Championships in 2010 the Irish team won a break though bronze medal before the heartbreak in 2011 of missing out on London 2012 Paralympic Games qualification by just one place.

Irish 7-a-side soccer squad for CPISRA European Championships, Maia, Portugal, July 23rd – Aug 2nd







Simon LeStrange






Daragh Byrne





Right mid

Joseph Markey





Left back

Luke Evans


St Brendans



Right back

Paraic Leacy


Ferns Utd



Left mid

Dillon Sheridan


Ballyfermot Utd



Right mid

Gary Messett


Glencormac Utd



Central mid

Ryan Nolan


Glencormac Utd



Centre forward

Tomiwa Badun


Muiche Avennanor



Centre forward

Peter Cotter


College Corinthians



Right midfield

Aaron Tier


Corbally Utd



Centre forward

Brian McGillivary


Bluebell Utd




Carl McKee


Swords Manor



Left back

Eric O’Flaherty





Left midfield


Team Manager & Coach – Gerard Glynn

Coach – Derek Kavanagh

Performance Analysis – Cormac Glynn

Physiotherapist – Kevin O’Connor

Medical Officer – Dr. Joe Conway

Kit manager – Bobby Moore

Ireland’s Seán Baldwin set to compete at Paralympic (IPC) World Shooting Championships

London 2012 Paralympian Seán Baldwin, is set to compete at the key event on the 2014 International Para Shooting calendar; the Paralympic (IPC) Shooting World Championships in Suhl, Germany from July 18th – 26th inclusive.

The Kildare man, who is a member of the Irish Defence Forces, is one of 266 shooters from 53 countries who will compete at the event; a record number making it the most competitive affair on the Para shooting calendar this year.

He will compete in five separate events in the SH1 class* (detailed below), aiming to make finals in his preferred events, specifically the 10m Air Rifle Standing (R1), the 50m Rifle 3 position (R7). At the most recent IPC World Cup in the USA in June Seán achieved a fourth place in the R7 event, and a sixth in the R1, but the field is likely to be considerably larger and ever more competitive in Suhl with all the world’s best assembled. Sean and coach/team manager Liam Crawford depart for the Germany on Thursday.

Paralympics Ireland will post news of Seán’s performances at the World Championships on Facebook and Twitter.

The live results system for the Championships can also be accessed at

The comprehensive event website is

Pictures will be published at: and stock images of Seán are available reproduction fee free from Sportsfile or 01-4547400

Full Schedule – Seán Baldwin at IPC World Shooting Championships

(Suhl, Germany is one hour ahead of Irish time, all times quoted are Irish time)

Sat 19th July; R1 Men’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1

8am – 9.15am Qualification

10.30am Final (should he qualify)

Mon 21st July; R3 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1

8am – 8.50am Qualification 1

9.45am – 10.35am Qualification 2

11.30am Final (should he qualify)

Tues 22nd July; R6 Men’s 50m Rifle Prone SH1

8am – 8.50am Qualification

10am Final (should he qualify)

Fri 25th July; R7 Men’s 50m Free Rifle 3 Positions SH1

8am – 10.45am Qualification

12pm Final

FTR1 – Falling Target Rifle SH1

2pm – 3pm Final

Congrats to Patrick O’Leary at the Para Canoe Sprint European Championships

Congrats to Patrick O’Leary at the Para Canoe Sprint European Championships in Bradenburg over the weekend. In the LTA (Legs, Trunk and Arms) K1 200m he recorded a one second PB of 43.472 sec in the heats to progress to the semi-final. He took 3rd place in that semi to progress to the A final where he finished ninth in another huge PB of 42.193sec – great performance.

Keep an eye out for Pat’s next major competition which is the Para Canoe World Championships taking place from the 4th – 10th August in Russia.

Well done to Pat and his coach Neil Fleming and wishing you well for the future!

Strong Irish team of five announced for Paralympic Swimming European Championships

Paralympics Ireland has announced a five strong team for the Paralympic Swimming (IPC) European Championships which are set to take place in Eindhoven from August 4th – 10th.

The team, which is sponsored by Allianz, features three swimmers who medalled at last summer’s World Championships; Double Paralympian (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) Ellen Keane alongside London Paralympians James Scully and Laurence McGivern. They are joined by fellow London Paralympian Jonathan McGrath, and newcomer at this level fifteen year old Ailbhe Kelly. Paralympic gold medallist from the London Games Darragh McDonald will not be traveling, instead focusing on recovery from recent surgery.

Almost 400 swimmers from 40 countries will be competing at these Championships which will be held at the Peter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium. The Irish team will travel there on the back of a warm weather preparatory training camp in the Canary Islands from July 18th to 29th.

Looking ahead to the Championships Performance Manager at Paralympics Ireland Dave Malone, himself a three time Paralympic Games medallist said; ‘The team we have going to Eindhoven is a really strong one with the swimmers looking forward to benchmarking themselves against all the best swimmers in Europe. All five are targeting lifetime best swims at the event, and should they swim to their potential we are hopeful of podium finishes.

All heats and finals from the event will be streamed live on and there is also a website at The event will also be covered live and via highlights on Channel 4. Paralympics Ireland will be issuing press releases daily with details of the Irish performances, and Sportsfile will be issuing images of the Irish swimmers reproduction fee free during the event.

The Irish team is proudly sponsored by Allianz, an official sponsor of Paralympics Ireland.

Paralympics Ireland welcomes sports capital allocation

Paralympics Ireland are pleased to welcome today’s Sports Capital Grants Announcement by the Minister for State for Tourism and Sport; Mr. Michael Ring T.D.

The investment of €200,000 to Paralympics Ireland under the Capital Programme is a significant boost, allowing us to deliver increased support to various Paralympic sports, particularly in the area of specialist and essential performance equipment.

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