• Club Forums 2019

    14/08/2019 GovernanceClub Forums 2019


    Badminton Ireland would like to invite any club, county or branch Chairperson, Secretary, Club Development Officer and Safeguarding Officers for our 2019 Club Forums! We will be covering Safeguarding, Data Protection and Club Development practices at the events.

    The schedule for the Club Forums is as follows:

    Connacht - 16th September @ 7.30pm in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris - Please Click Here to Register

    Ulster – 19th September @ 7.30pm in the Holiday Inn Express, Antrim - Please Click Here to Register

    Munster – 24th September @ 7.30pm in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown - Please Click Here to Register

    Leinster – 26th September @ 7.30pm in Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus - Please Click Here to Register

    Leinster – 1st October @ 8pm in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise - Please Click Here to Register

    If you have any questions on these events, please do not hesitate to contact Conor Fadian, National Governance Officer on or at +353 (86) 028 8555


  • Coaches Conference 2019 Ends but the Sharing of Knowledge Only Begins...

    11/08/2019 CoachingCoaches Conference 2019 Ends but the Sharing of Knowledge Only Begins...

    Coaches, players and members travelled from across the four provinces of Ireland to attend the 2019 annual Coaches Conference. This year’s conference saw a great mix of adults, juveniles, coaches and players with one of the biggest ever attendances. There were over 70 participants that attended over the course of the two days.

    Over the weekend there were a number of highlights across a variety of exciting topics. A big thanks must go to all of the speakers/guests: Andy Stewart, Daniel Magee, Conor Fadian, Fiach Andrews, Nhat Nguyen and Fathurrahman Fauzi who shared some great insights both on and off the court as they challenged and inspired the members through the pieces they delivered.

    Some of the sessions delivered included: Singles and Doubles Masterclasses, Physical Training for Badminton, Youth Development, On-Court Physical Sessions, Coach Mentoring, Teicnic Badminton, Development Updates and many more. It was great to see everyone getting involved and sharing knowledge with each other throughout the course of the weekend.

    Participants were very active on-court and got to take part in some physical, tactical and technical exercises. In the classroom sessions, the coaches and players got the chance to ask some questions and get information that might then assist them back in their clubs or settings. Participants also got the chance to update their current Teicinic Badminton Level and experience some of the material in practice.

    We would like to say a big thanks to everyone else who was working behind the scenes including Jade Plunkett, Lauren Au, Kim Feehily and Greg Farrell. The weekend couldn't have run as smoothly without their help.

    We would lastly like to massive thanks to all of our members, coaches and players who attended and engaged really well throughout the Conference exchanging knowledge and ideas with each other during the sessions.




    "Great weekend for getting some new ideas and information to bring back to the club for the upcoming season" - Graham MacMullen (Sligo City BC, Connacht). 

    "It was a fantastic weekend. The sessions were fun and engaging with a combination of both on-court and off-court activities" Patrick Marks (Roscrea BC, Munster).

    "It was great to pick up some new exercises and practices to use in the club during the new season" - Jonathan Perry (Greenwell Street Presbyterian BC, Ulster)

    "The weekend was super, it was great to be able to collaborate and make a connection with so many different coaches from around Ireland" - Sumesh Tharian (Mount Pleasant BC, Leinster).

    We look forward to welcoming members back next year and wish everyone the best of luck in the new season!

  • Mount Pleasant Open Entry Deadline Extended by 24 hours

    08/08/2019 GeneralMount Pleasant Open Entry Deadline Extended by 24 hours

    The Mount Pleasant Open Entry deadline has been extended by 24 hours to Monday 12th August 2019 due to entry errors with the tournament software file. These administrative errors have since been fixed and the online entry process is now open.

  • Membership and Development Intern

    07/08/2019 MembershipMembership and Development Intern

    An intern is sought to join the Membership and Development sections of the Badminton Ireland team.

    This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience within a National Governing Body for sport in the year leading up to an Olympics.

    The position will be office based and run between September 2019 and March 2020.


    Roles and Responsibilities
    • Assist in the day to day operations of the membership and development sections within the organisation
    • Assist the Membership Officer with daily tasks to ensure efficient service is provided to Badminton Ireland Member Organisations
    • Assist members to use the Badminton Ireland membership system
    • Assist in communicating with key Badminton Ireland partners and stakeholders
    • Assist in data collection and the preparation of reports and presentations
    • Assist in the preparation of marketing material for Badminton Ireland programmes
    • Other duties as assigned

    • A relevant third-level qualification achieved in a sports related discipline
    • A strong knowledge of Irish Badminton and the Irish Sporting landscape is preferable
    • Excellent IT skills with proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint essential
    • Excellent administrative skills
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to set priorities, multi-task, and manage time efficiently
    • Excellent reporting skills with an ability to present information to a high standard
    • Ability to work under pressure in order to meet deadlines
    • Ability to work within a team to achieve results


    How to Apply;
    If you are interested in joining the Badminton Ireland team please submit your CV to by 5pm on Friday August 23rd.

  • 2019-20 National Squad registration deadline Sunday September 8th

    31/07/2019 High Performance2019-20 National Squad registration deadline Sunday September 8th

    We would like to inform you that application for the 2019-20 National squads is now open. For this season's squads, players can register by printing the registration form by clicking on this link. The completed registration form should be sent to Badminton Ireland along with the opening squad fee (€15) by September 8th. This should be sent to Badminton Ireland, Irish Sports HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

    If there is any reason why a player may be unavailable to attend the opening squad please contact squad locations and times can be seen in below table

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Consulting with Young People Workshop

Consulting with Young People Workshop

Badminton Ireland will be delivering a 'Consulting with Young People' Workshop in Irish Sport HQ on the 31st August @ 10am. 

This workshop is a programme which has been developed through Sport Ireland, and it offers the opportunity for club leaders to develop skills where they can involve young people in the decision-making process of their clubs. This workshop is open to Badminton Ireland Coaches and Safeguarding Officers, and is free of charge to its affiliated members.

If you want more information on this workshop, please contact Conor Fadian, National Governance Officer, on

The deadline for booking your place on this workshop is 27th August @ 5pm.

To book your place on this workshop please click here


Munster Umpire Course

The Munster Umpire course will take place on the 14th September in UL.

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Irish Transplant Team Gears Up For World Transplant Games


In just over a month 38 members of Transplant Team Ireland, including two Badminton competitors, will depart for the World Transplant Games 2019 which will take place in Newcastle Gateshead, UK next month (17-24 August). Ranging in age from 16 to 81, the team of 29 men and 9 women, have all undergone organ transplants including 1 heart, 1 lung, 4 liver, 1 bone marrow and 31 kidney. The largest ever Irish Transplant Team travelling abroad, they will be among 2000 participants from over 60 countries.

Athletes will compete in their respective age categories in the following events:  badminton, cycling, darts, golf, petanque, squash, swimming, table tennis, ten pin bowling, tennis, mini-marathon, and track and field. Two kidney transplant recipients on the Irish Team - Noel Marsden from Athlone Co Westmeath and Tommy Marrett from Ardee, Co Louth - are hoping for success as they compete together in the Badminton doubles event.  


This will be Noel's first time to compete in the World Transplant Games. He underwent a deceased donor kidney transplant in 2017 and before this he competed as a dialysis patient at European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Finland in 2016 at which he won a bronze medal for a swimming event. Noel, a father  of one daughter, who works in IT at the Department of Agriculture, will compete in Swimming in the 30-39 age category as well as in Petanque doubles with teammate Jerome Lyness from Meath.  Speaking in advance of next month's World Transplant Games  Noel said, "I am excited to be attending my first game since my transplant and am hoping to do my kidney donor proud. I'm motivated to prove that organ donation works and to encourage more people to join Transplant Team Ireland in Dublin next year for the European Transplant Games."


Tommy Marrett is a newcomer to the team who underwent a living donor kidney transplant from his donor sister in 2016.  No stranger to sport and fitness, the 4th Den Black Belt in Karate,  will compete in the 50-59 year age category in Badminton singles as well as pairing with Noel Marsden in the Doubles event. Tommy will also compete in Ten Pin Bowling and Petanque singles event. Tommy said , “I intend to compete to the best of my ability and regardless how I do I will support my team members in all there events. I expect to see a real team spirit develop and friendships grow which will continue throughout the year and ongoing. Regardless of what level you play at, just enjoy the experience. The team members will support you 100% and become more of a family than a team.”

The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for Ireland’s involvement in the Games and the National Projects Manager Colin White (from Balbriggan, Dublin) is the team manager. Speaking about the Games, he said, “I am excited about the diverse nature of this year's squad who will represent Ireland at the World Transplant Games 2019. We cover a wide range of sports and have a variety of levels of experience too. Our 5 competitors over the age of 70 are a fantastic example to us all in that sport can, and should, be a life-long habit. Each competitor is an ambassador in their own right and collectively the team sends out a wonderfully uplifting message about how life can be post-transplant.

Newly elected National Honorary Chairman of the Irish Kidney Association Colin MacKenzie (from Portmarnock, Dublin) said, “the Irish Kidney Association is delighted to show itssupport for the Federation of Irish Sport's 20x20 initiative ( which is aimed at promoting the profile and involvement of women in sport. We are committed to increasing the profile of women involved in our sports programme through our website and social media channels. With our hosting of next year's European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Dublin next summer whilst our primary goal is to promote the importance and success of organ donation for transplantation, we will also be sending outa rallying call to increase the number of women on our national sports team”.


This year the team has gratefully received support from Swim Ireland, Athletics Ireland and Irish Squash. The on-going coaching support from Swim Ireland has been particularly welcomed. Astellas Pharma Ltd. has again provided some sponsorship towards the costs of running the team.

For more information on World Transplant Games and the Irish athletes visit the Irish team blog   

Visit the Games website


 THE FULL IRISH PANEL IS AS FOLLOWS  (their individual ‘athlete profiles’ are on the team blog

ANTRIM: John McAleer, Newtownabbey (kidney) (oldest member of the team)

CAVAN: Aodhagan Cullen, Cavan (kidney)

CLARE: Marie O’Connor, Lahinch (kidney)

CORK: Mike Keohane, Rosscarbery (liver); Charlie Ryan, Cobh (liver); Michael Kiely, Mitchelstown, on the Limerick border (kidney); Pat O’Sullivan, Mallow (kidney)

Michael O’Shea, Mallow (Heart)

DONEGAL:  Kieran Murray, Ramelton (kidney)

GALWAY:  Sinead McGowan, Renmore (living in Australia) (kidney)

KERRY:  Anna Pokojska,Killarney,via Poland  Did the Ring of Kerry Cycle previous day (kidney)

KILDARE: James Nolan, Kilcullen (kidney) International award winning butcher – underwent a living donor kidney transplant 32 years ago (kidney)

KILKENNY VIA LIMERICK: Emma O’Sullivan (kidney)

LIMERICK via UK: Trevor Lynch, Cappamore, (Bone Marrow)

LOUTH: Tommy Marrett, Ardee (kidney)

MAYO via UK: Julie O’Neill, Westport- Award winning businesswoman, underwent living donor transplant from brother 37 years ago (kidney);

MEATH: Tony Gavigan, Navan & native of LONGFORD father of deceased donor (kidney);   

Jerome Lyness, Navan, (kidney);

Rachel Eagleton, Bettystown - youngest female on the team (33) (kidney);

Jack O’Brien, Navan, - youngest member of the team (16) (kidney);

MONAGHAN: Tomas Flannery, Tandarageebane (Lung);

TIPPERARY: Orla Hogan, Nenagh (kidney); Sheila Gregan, Nenagh (kidney);

WATERFORD via Dublin:  Eoin Hurley (age 25, Genetics student at TCD) (kidney)

WESTMEATH: Finian Farrell, Mullingar (kidney); 

Noel Marsden, Athlone (kidney)

John Connell, Mullingar, living in South Africa (kidney);

WICKLOW: Garry Campbell, Greystones (kidney);

Philip Kavanagh, Arklow (liver);

DUBLIN: Ron Grainger, Castleknock, D.15 (kidney);

Harry Ward, Team Captain, Baldoyle, D.13 (kidney);

Paul Prendergast, Santry, D.9 (kidney);

Anthony Byrne, Artane (kidney);

Peter Heffernan, Skerries (kidney);

Leonard Ryan, Tallaght (kidney);

Michael Dwyer, Cabinteely (kidney);

Deirdre Faul, Dalkey (liver);

John Moran, Glasnevin, celebrating 34th anniversary of living donor transplant from brother (kidney) .

TEAM MANAGER, Colin White from Balbriggan, Dublin



For organ donor cards Freetext DONOR to 50050 or visit website    You can also download the IKA’s digital organ donor to your smartphone. Your wishes to be an organ donor can also be included on the new format driving licence which is indicated on the back of the card by Code 115. 


Men's singles
1  Nhat Nguyen15,554
2  Joshua Magee8,673
3  David Walsh7,120
4  Jonathan Dolan5,590
5  Adam McAllister5,000
6  Jack O'Brien4,980
7  Callum Thomas4,790
8  Azhar Syed4,565
9  Brian O'Mahony4,380
10  Mark Brady4,210
Women's singles
1  Kate Frost7,900
2  Rachael Darragh6,727
3  Orla Flynn6,650
4  Sara Boyle5,878
5  Rachael Woods5,180
6  Alexandra Troy4,160
7  Moya Ryan2,690
8  Sophia Noble2,590
9  Jessica Leung2,340
10  Pamela Pontanosa2,320
Men's doubles
1  Joshua Magee14,368
2  Paul Reynolds14,368
3  Ciaran Chambers8,650
4  Daniel Magee6,640
5  Callum Thomas6,150
6  Adam McAllister5,990
7  David Walsh5,170
8  Mark Brady5,130
9  Brian O'Mahony5,070
10  Sam McKay4,890
Women's doubles
1  Kate Frost8,730
2  Moya Ryan8,730
3  Rachael Darragh8,625
4  Sara Boyle8,255
5  Vicki Pesti6,420
6  Orla Flynn6,220
7  Fiona Farrell5,060
7  Lauren Au5,060
9  Rachael Woods4,590
9  Rebecca Woods4,590
Mixed doubles
1  Chloe Magee24,044
1  Sam Magee24,044
3  Paul Reynolds8,830
3  Rachael Darragh8,830
5  Kate Frost8,440
6  Daniel Magee7,270
7  Ciaran Chambers6,570
8  Moya Ryan5,920
9  Alexandra Troy5,530
10  David Walsh5,380

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