• Team Ireland returns from Baku to hero's welcome

    29/06/2015 High PerformanceTeam Ireland returns from Baku to hero's welcome

    Badminton Ireland would like to congratulate all of the Irish Athletes who took part in the European Games in Baku in particular Chloe Magee, Sam Magee, and Josh Magee who all secured bronze medals.There was a hero’s welcome for all Irish athletes in Dublin airport this morning which was attended by Badminton Ireland President Breda Connolly. 

  • Ireland secure five medals in final day Carlton Irish Para Open

    28/06/2015 EventsIreland secure five medals in final day Carlton Irish Para Open

    There were two medals each for Niall McVeigh and Laura Lee Jenkins and one for Owen Casey as Ireland took five medals in the inaugural Carlton Irish Para Open.

    In the SS6 singles Niall McVeigh took the gold after a thrilling final with Chun Yim Wong with the two time world champion McVeigh eventually securing a 21-11, 21-11 victory.

    McVeigh teamed with his final opponent in the Men’s doubles where the Irish/Chinese team had to settle for silver after losing out to Krysten Coombs and Jack Shepard of England in the final.

    En-route to the final the McVeigh/Yim Wong partnership had looked unstoppable topping their group and dispatching of Polish team Maria Barstuz and Grzergorz Jednaki 21-5, 21-11.

    Combs and Shepard had paved an impressive path to the final topping their group without dropping a set, while scoring 84 points and conceding just 22, to ease into the semis where they faced fellow Englishmen Isaak Dalglish and Andrew Martin. Combs and Shepard secured their place in the final with a 22-10, 21-7 win over Dalglish and Martin.

    The home crowd was optimistic of a second gold for McVeigh in the doubles despite the narrow 21-17 defeat in the opening set it however it wasn’t to be as Coombs and Shepard secured the gold with a 21-10 win in the second set.

    In the SU5 class men’s doubles Owen Casey teamed up with Welshman David Jack Wilson where the Irish/Welsh team took bronze medals.

    Laura Lee Jenkins also took home two bronze medals in both the singles and doubles of the WH1/WH2 class. 

    Emma Farnham and Andrew Moorcroft were amongst the casualties of the McVeigh/Yim Wong juggernaut who beat the Irish pair 21-4, 21-3. Farnham and Moorcroft were also beaten by English pair Isaak Dalglish and Andrew Martin meaning they finished bottom of the three team group.

    Representing Ireland in the Ireland in the WH1/WH2 women’s doubles was Laura Lee Jenkins who teamed with fellow Celt Fiona Christie of Scotland. The Celtic pair took a heavy defeat in their first game losing out 21-2 in both sets to Elke Rongen and Emine Seckin of Germany and Turkey respectively. 

  • Para Badminton comes to Dublin

    27/06/2015 EventsPara Badminton comes to Dublin

    More than 140 athletes from 24 nations took part on day one of the inaugural Carlton Irish Para-Badminton International in Dublin yesterday.

    Para Badminton makes its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020 meaning there were plenty of potential Paralympians in action in the Baldoyle Badminton Centre. 


  • Magees take bronze after semifinal defeat

    27/06/2015 High PerformanceMagees take bronze after semifinal defeat

    Chloe and Sam Magee brought Team Ireland’s badminton journey to an end today at the European games. The Irish number one pair lost out to Gaetan Mittelheisser and Audrey Fontaine of France in the semifinal of the mixed doubles event. The Irish lost the first and looked out of the game in the second. After a number of hard fought points the Magees got themselves back into the match at 20 all in the second. The French kept calm and took the closing points to win the second game 23-21 and book a place in the final.

    “It has been a bit of a rollercoaster this week, we have had hoped to come away with Gold but we have had to settle for two bronze instead. The men’s doubles were not seeded at this event and it is a great achievement for them to be going home with such a big result. Our players have had a great team attitude supporting each other throughout the event. We now move our focus to Olympic qualification as the competition begins again.”  Daniel Magee


    We would like to thank the Olympic Council of Ireland team Dermot Henihan, Stephen Martin and Alex Bosci for all their hard work during the event. We would also like to thank all the support staff, team physiotherapists and doctors. A special mention must also go to Aidan Woods who supported the players at the event all week and did huge work in getting Sam Magee redy to compete at the event. We would also like to thank the support staff at home at the Institute of sport for their help getting the players prepared for the event. Last but not least is a big thanks to all those who sent messages, facebook messages and twitter posts to support the team. All the good wishes is much appreciated, don't forget to check out the video above to see some behind the scene footage of our week in Baku.


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    Mixed Doubles Semifinal

    Sam Magee/Chloe Magee (IRE) (1) lost to Gaetan Mittelheisser (FRA) 21-12 23-21

  • Mixed emotions as Irish progress to semifinals

    26/06/2015 High PerformanceMixed emotions as Irish progress to semifinals

    It was a day of highs and lows for the Irish badminton team on day 5 of the European Games.

    The day started well for the Irish as Sam and Chloe Magee beat Pawel Pietryja and Aneta Wojtkowska of Poland to progress to the semifinal. The Irish brother and sister partnership are now guaranteed a medal, but will be hoping for a final rather than settling for bronze.


    Next up in the men’s singles, Scott Evans faced Emil Holst of Denmark. Evans started the match well leading at 15-11, however Holst came back to take the opening game. Holst then looked in control as Evans tried hard to get back into the game. The Dane played with good composure and never let Evans settle back into his rhythm. Holst went on to take the second game to set up a semifinal with Dieter Domke of Germany.

    Last up was the men’s doubles. Joshua and Sam Magee faced Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov of Russia. The Russians who are current European champions showed their class as they beat the Irish in two games. The Irish will have to settle for bronze on this occasion and will be presented with their medal tomorrow. Sam will have to lay disappointment aside as he is back on court in the morning with Chloe for the mixed semifinal.

    "It was a tough day today for the team. We sarted with a great victory in the mixed doubles to guarantee another medal. In the men's singles Scott missed out today and I really feel for him as along with Chloe and Sam he has been commited to badminton for such a long time. I am sure his time on the podium is still to come. Sam and Joshua then took to the court and were out played by the current European Champions. I am delighted for them to be stepping on the podium tomorrow but they also will go away with an idea of how far is still to go to take the top spot. I look forward to the mixed tomorrow and hope we can take it one step more and book a place in our first final" Daniel Magee

    For a full list of today results click here

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    Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals

    Sam Magee/Chloe Magee (IRE) (1) Bt Pawel Pietryja/ Aneta Wojtkowska (POL) 21-18 21-12

    Men’s Singles Quarterfinals

    Scott Evans (IRE) lost to  Emil Holst (DEN) 21-17 21-14

    Men’s Doubles Semi-finals

    Sam Magee/Joshua Magee (IRE) Vlost to Vladimir Ivanov/ Ivan Sozonov (RUS) 21-5 21-9

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Magees into medal positions of the European Games

Sam and Joshua Magee created history today as they have secured a medal in the first ever European games. The Irish pair beat Mayijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski of Belgium in the quarterfinals.

They now face the current European champions Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov. On the other side of the draw the hot favourites will be the Olympic Silver medallists Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe.


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Men’s Doubles Quarterfinal

Sam Magee/Joshua Magee (IRE) beat Mayijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski (BEL) 23-21 21-23 21-15

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Irish progress to knock out phase of the European Games

Scott Evans got the Irish underway on day three of the European games. Scott continued his unbeaten run by beating Gregely Krausz of Hungary. By winning this match Scott has secured the top position in his group. The draw for the last 16 knockout stage will be done later today at the end of play.

Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle were next on court against the Russian pairing of Ekaterina Bolotova and Evgeniya Kosetskaya. The Irish pair is the youngest pair in the event and have shown some great fight in their earlier matches. In today’s encounter the Russians who are World ranked 21 showed their class as they won in two games. The Irish will take a lot from the event and have seen how they can compete at senior level. The also seen today how much more they need to develop to be able to challenge their older more experienced competitors.

Sam and Joshua Magee were the next of the Irish to progress to the knockout phase of the event. The brother partnership beat Pavel Florian and Ondrej Kopriva to advance to the quarterfinals. The winner of the quarterfinals is guaranteed a medal so the draw later tonight will be crucial for the Irish.

Last up for the Irish on day three was Chloe Magee. Magee faced Tan of Belgium in play off match for group F. Chloe won the match however when the count up was done she finished behind the Belgium number one. This means Chloe is out of the singles and will now have to shift her focus to the mixed event.

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Men's Singles Group stage

Scott Evans (IRE) (1) bt Gregely Krausz (HUN) 21-16 21-7

Women's Doubles Group Stage

Sara Boyle/Rachael Darragh (IRE) lost to Ekaterina Bolotova/Evgeniya Kosetskaya (RUS) 21-9 21-9

Men's Doubles

Sam Magee/Joshua Magee (IRE)  bt Pavel Florian/Ondrej Kopriva (CZE) 21-16 21-7

Women's Singles

Chloe Magee (IRE) Bt Lianne Tan (BEL) 11-21 22-20 21-14

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Irish back on course in day two of the European Games read more......

First on for the Irish on day two of the European Games was Chloe Magee in the women’s singles event. Chloe faced Kristine Sefere of Latvia. With only two players progressing from the group this was a must win game, Magee dealt with the pressure well taking the match in straight games. This will set up an important play off between Magee and Lianne Tan of Belgium tomorrow.

With the singles over for the day Chloe then had to switch her focus to mixed doubles. The Irish number one pairing faced Povilas Bartusis and Vytaute fomkinaite of Lithuania. The Irish dominated this match winning in two games. With two pairs progressing from the group this win has secured the pair a quarter-final, where the winner will be guaranteed a medal. The Irish still have one more match on Thursday and if they win this they will top the group, after this match the draw will be done for the quarterfinals.

Sam was then back in action with his brother Joshua when they took on another brother duo in Angelo and Ricardo Silva. The Irish pairing proved to be too strong for the young Portuguese pair as they took a comfortable 2-0 victory. This will set up a playoff with the Czech Republic pairing of Florian and Kopriva.

Scott Evans was next on court for the Irish. Evans who was the number one seed came through a tough encounter against Yuhan Tan of Belgium. Evans lost the opening game but took control of the match as he took the final two games. This places Scott at the top of his group and guarantees him a last 16 match. Evans will play one more game tomorrow, the draw for the last 16 will be done at the end of play.

Last up for the Irish was the young pairing of Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle against Fontaine and Baumann of France. The Irish pair played with great intensity against there more experienced opposition. Unfortunately the girls lost out in two very close games, but the experience should give the girls good confidence in their ability to compete at senior level.

Later today Ireland will be back in action in the Men’s Singles, Men’s doubles and Women’s doubles. Results will be updated on this page after the matches. You can also see all the live updates by clicking here.

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Women’s Singles Group stage

Chloe Magee (IRE) (6) bt Kristine Sefere (LAT) 21-9 21-7

Mixed Doubles Group stage

Sam Magee/Chloe Magee (IRE) (1) bt Povilas Bartusis/Vytaute fomkinaite (LTU) 21-8 21-10

 Men's Doubles Group stage

Sam Magee/Joshua Magee (IRE) v Angelo Silva/Ricardo Silva (POR) 

Men’s Singles Group stage 

Scott Evans (IRE) Bt Yuhan Tan (BEL) 14-21 21-14 21-12

Women’s Doubles Group stage

Rachael Darragh/Sara Boyle (IRE) lost Lorraine Baumann/Audrey Fontaine (FRA) 21-19 21-18

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