• Connacht Open

    30/09/2016 ConnachtConnacht Open

    Sligo City Badminton is hosting the Connacht Open in Summerhill College this weekend. Although many of the big names in Badminton have entered, the Sligo City player, Jonathan Dolan, is hoping he can pull some big results out of the bag. He’s playing Singles and Mixed Doubles with his fellow international, Lisburn’s Sinead Chambers. This is only his second competition in two years following a lengthy injury so it will not be easy for him. Jonathan has been coaching a lot of the up and coming talent in Sligo and beyond and will now be facing some of his protégés.

    One such player is Sligo City player, Adam McAlister, who last weekend took the Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles in the Ulster under 17 Open in Lisburn. He just missed out on getting the treble because fatigue sets in and he lost the Singles in a very tight three setter against Kyle Magee. 
    Former international, Daniel Magee, brother of Olympian Chloe Magee is also entered in the Mixed Doubles with Jennie King another Irish International as his partner. 

    Sligo City Badminton Club has many members playing in the competition. In Men’s Doubles we have Brian Caliendo, of Liber bookshop, partnered with John Kiernan, Ian Frizzell with Michael Healey and Adam McAlister playing with his fellow International,Brian O’Mahony from Cork. Playing men’s Singles are Tony Crowley, Jonathan Dolan, Ian Frizzell and Adam McAlister. In the Mixed Doubles Jonathan Dolan plays with Sinead Chambers and John Kiernan with Ruth O’Hart.

    Spectators are welcome to come along and see some top class badminton being played free of charge.  Food will be served all day in Summerhill. Details of the event can be found on with times and live updates of matches.

  • Online Affiliation Competition

    27/09/2016 GeneralOnline Affiliation Competition

    Online Affiliation Competition – Monthly Shuttles Giveaway

    Badminton Ireland are running a monthly online affiliation competition for club secretaries during September, October, and November. All club secretaries who meet the criteria and rules for entry, outlined in the link attached, will be entered into the monthly draw for a chance to win 15 tubes of shuttles

    Click on this LINK for the competition rules/criteria.

    The results of the draws will be published on the Badminton Ireland Facebook page and on our Online Affiliation Competition tab under membership on the website.

    Below are the dates the draws will be taking place:

    1st Draw - 3rd October 2016

    2nd Draw - 3rd November 2016

    3rd Draw - 5th December 2016

    Make sure to get your affiliations in online to give your club the chance in with a chance to win the 15 tubes of shuttles up for grabs.


  • Grades for the new season

    26/09/2016 GeneralGrades for the new season

    The grades for the 2016/2017 season have now been updated and published, Click here to veiw


    If you wish to appeal your grade you can do so by filling out this form and sending it to no later than the 13th October

    Download the form here

  • National Badminton Week Round Up

    21/09/2016 GeneralNational Badminton Week Round Up

    National Badminton Week ran alongside European Week of Sport from the 10th - 18th of September. National Badminton Week is a chance for people to try the sport or hold an event in their club, school or workplace. The week saw a huge variety of activities being held around the country to promote the sport. A big thank you must be given to anyone who took part in the week. Below are only some of the activities that took place during the week around the country.


    Active Workplace Events:

    - Irish Sports HQ, National Governing Body 60 Second Challenge competition.

    We invited members of other governing bodies to try out the 60-second challenge in the Irish Sports HQ building. This was a

    great way of getting members of other National Governing Bodies to be active and try out something a bit different to the sport they are perhaps involved in. There was great participation from staff of various other governing bodies with the winners coming from Cara APA centre and The Irish Olympic Handball Association. 
    - Marino Institute of Education  held a badminton session for the staff on the Campus. They are now continuing a staff badminton session once a week for the rest of the year to get their workplace more active and introduce badminton to people who might not have played before.
    Club Events:
    Many clubs around the country held open nights to promote National Badminton Week and get some new members into their clubs for the season. Below are some of the clubs that held an open night during National Badminton Week.

    Boyle Badminton 

    Thomastown BC

    Banbridge District


    St Brigid's BC

    Raheny Smashers

    Ballina BC

    - Raphoe Badminton Club organised an exhibition during National Badminton Week which featured Three-time Olympian Chloe Magee and other high-performance players.

    The exhibition was an exciting night in the small Raphoe badminton club hall. There were various media from across the Donegal area present taking photos and doing some interviews. The hall was packed with spectators on the night who came to see some top level badminton. The night saw some great matches and Kellys Toyota displaying some of their show cars in the hall car park.


    60 Second Challenge: 

    The 60-second challenge was a very popular activity during National Badminton Week, with over 100 people taking part across the country. The aim is to hit as many shots back and forth with your partner in a 60 second period. Many clubs, schools and workplaces tried out the challenge and submitted their videos online. Three-time Olympian Scott Evans took part in the 60-second challenge with World number 12 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark. European medallist Paul Reynolds and National Coach John Quinn also tried the challenge out. The challenge continues on for the rest of the month with the winners receiving a signed shirt and shuttles. The leader board for the challenge is up on the Badminton Ireland Facebook page. There are over one hundred 60 challenge videos recorded that accumulate nearly 100,000 views.

    School Events:

    Many schools across the country got involved during the week, with some taster sessions and other activities taking place.

    - St. Mary's Girls School Baldoyle got involved in the week by doing some lines training with some of the Badminton Ireland staff. The purpose behind the training was to get the school girls ready for the Irish Open taking place from the 7th - 10th December in the National Indoor Arena. The training was also to promote Women in Sport.

    - Some schools had open days or taster sessions for the pupils to try out the sport. These were some of the school that those were held in:

    Fingal CC
    Mount Sackville Girls School
    Howth Primary School
    Summerhill College Sligo

    - Some of the universities also took part in National Badminton Week, with Blanchardstown IT having a taster session and 60-second challenge.

    Other Events:

    - The National Squads opening session was held during National Badminton Week where over 150 players from around the country came to try out for this year's teams which include: U13/U15/U17/U19, Senior, Masters and Para Squads. It was a record number of applicants ever at the squads.

    - We did a short interview with one of Ireland's top umpires Carol Uí Fhearghail about the ups and downs of umpiring and what it involves at various levels. This also was part of the Women in Sport campaign.


    - There was a radio interview done with Nearfm about National Badminton Week and what was going on. This was done with presenter Conor Doyle.

    - Also during the week Age Opportunity Ireland held a session in Baldoyle Badminton Centre for some of the O50 players and to get them to keep active.

    - Leinster Badminton ran the U11 Blitz in Baldoyle Badminton Centre.

    - Kilcullen Shuttlefest tournament in Kildare sponsored by Baseline.

    - The Irish Wheelchair Association ran a session in Louth.

    - On social media, there were over 20,000 views on videos during National Badminton Week


    This is some of the many activities that took place across the whole of National Badminton Week. Once again a big thank you to everyone that took part in National Badminton Week, keep promoting, playing and pushing the sport in your area.

  • Badminton Ireland Annual Awards Night 2016 Tickets Now On Sale

    21/09/2016 GeneralBadminton Ireland Annual Awards Night 2016 Tickets Now On Sale

    The Badminton Ireland Annual Awards Night and Christmas Party 2016 tickets are now on sale for all clubs and members. The night will be held in the Hilton Hotel Baldoyle on the 17th of December. This is a fantastic night where we get the chance to award players, umpires, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools for the hard work they put in through the course of the year with various awards.


    It's a great chance for clubs to have their Christmas party at the halfway point of the season. Tickets are €39 per person and it includes the following:


    - A drinks reception upon arrival at the hotel.

    - A four-course meal.

    - A live band and late DJ until 1:30am.


    Tickets for the night are limited so get your's purchased as soon as possible. You can email to book yourself or your party. Feel free to phone the office on (01) 8393028 for any other queries.

    Keep an eye on our Facebook page also for all the latest updates.


Latest News


Woods Twins Miss Out in Sweden

With an entry of 48 for the Women’s Singles in the Swedish Skanska Under 17 International, Alpha twins Rachael and Rebecca Woods both made it through their opening rounds with Rebecca only going out to Sophia Grundtvig 21-14 21-8 with the Swede losing out in three in the semi-finals with the Lisburn player knocking out two Swedes in straight sets.

Meanwhile Rachael was to ease her way past Frida Emanuelsson 21-14 21-19 before Clara Graversen the No6 seed edged her way into Round 3 21-17 21-15 only to lose to Mathilda Cramer in straight sets in the final.

The Lisburn girls made a bright start in the doubles winning their opening match in straight sets but missed out on a quarter-final place despite coming back to take the second set from Alice Lindhe and Emmy Robertsson 21-19 but lost the decider in a nail-biting finish 23-21.

Rachael teamed up with England’s William Jones in the mixed and were well worth their quarter-final finish and gave top seeds Lukas Resch and Miranda Wilson more than something to think about before going down 21-17 21-15 while Rebecca partnered England’s James Penver only to come up against Rasmus Espersen Franck Prasz and Mathilde Cramer the No4 seeds.

Article by Brian Kelly.


Cheung Wins Gold and Silver in York

Despite his tender years Matthew Cheung is one of the brightest prospects in his age group and he displayed this in lifting a coveted gold medal in the boys singles of the Under 13 Gold in York at the weekend.

Having swept through his first two matches in the group stages without dropping a single set the Alpha youngster had to stave off the challenge of the seeded Robin Harper after dropping the opening set 21-9 but came back to book his place in the semi-final when taking the deciding set 21-14.

He then knocked out the No2 seed Isum Arachchige 21-9 21-12 and in the final the outcome of the gold medal was never in doubt, beating  Harry Wakefield 21-11 21-8.

The RBAI pupil added the mixed  doubles silver medal after teaming up with Grace Sachdeva and they knocked out  Tighe Crook and Katie Reilly in the semi-final 22-20 24-22 only to falter in the final to Robin Harper and Abigail Hong 21-11 21-16.

In the boys doubles the scratch pairing of Matthew and James Hamilton won their opening group match against Callum Davidson and Hugh Simpson in straight sets but failed to make the final after they lost a gripping encounter against the No2 seeds Oliver Harrington and David Humphreys.

They won the opening set 21-9 but lost the next two 21-13 21-18.

Article by Brian Kelly.


Recognition of long serving Badminton Ireland member - Junior Griffin

Junior Griffin is a long serving Badminton Ireland member who lives in Listowel Co. Kerry. He has given over 30 years to the sport around the province of Munster and this article highlights the work he has done and congratulates him. He also recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Some of his major contributions to the game to date include the following:

- Secretary of Munster Badminton for 22 years.

- President of Munster Badminton for 3 years.

- Chairman of Kerry Badminton Association since 1975.

- PRO of Kerry Badminton Association for many years.




Men's singles
1  Scott Evans16,494
2  Nhat Nguyen10,670
3  Joshua Magee8,970
4  Owen Marron8,540
5  Mark Brady6,900
6  Nigel Boyne5,410
7  Jack O'Brien4,530
8  Kevin Donnelly4,260
9  David Walsh3,820
10  Callum Thomas3,360
Women's singles
1  Chloe Magee16,935
2  Sara Boyle9,890
3  Rachael Darragh8,630
4  Moya Ryan6,560
5  Lucie Corcoran5,730
6  Kate Frost5,210
7  Clodagh Dunne3,855
8  Beth Stephenson3,120
9  Sinead Chambers3,040
10  Gemma Tobin2,255
Men's doubles
1  Joshua Magee15,537
2  Sam Magee15,537
3  Nhat Nguyen9,740
4  Paul Reynolds9,210
5  David Walsh8,030
6  Daniel Magee5,770
7  Mark Brady5,260
8  Ciaran Chambers4,940
9  Tony Murphy4,590
10  John Finnegan4,418
Women's doubles
1  Sara Boyle10,640
2  Rachael Darragh10,590
3  Jennie King9,660
4  Sinead Chambers9,660
5  Moya Ryan6,970
6  Kate Frost6,970
7  Vicki Pesti5,460
8  Fiona Glennon5,450
8  Pauline Glennon5,450
10  Lucie Corcoran5,010
Mixed doubles
1  Chloe Magee20,080
1  Sam Magee20,080
3  Ciaran Chambers9,070
3  Sinead Chambers9,070
5  Rachael Darragh8,430
6  Joshua Magee7,610
7  Jennie King7,280
8  Daniel Magee6,560
9  Moya Ryan6,540
10  David Walsh5,020

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