Third round kick-off for 2017 FAI Junior Cup TV coverage

Irish Sports Network are back on the road this weekend for the third round of the FAI Junior Cup, for the most comprehensive coverage ever of Europe’s largest knockout soccer competition.

There are new programmes this season from rounds three to seven, in addition to the usual coverage from the quarter-finals.

Early-round action will be shown on Irish TV and EirSport.

The third round fixtures are as follows –

Athlone Grand Prix athletics going live on Irish TV


Next Wednesday’s AIT International Arena Grand Prix indoor athletics meeting in Athlone will be broadcast live on Irish TV and YouTube.

400m world indoor champion Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic and pole vault world champion Shawn Barber of Canada head the international field, along with fellow 2015 World Championship medallists Melissa Bishop and Gesa Krause – who won at this meeting last year – plus 2012 European 200m champion Churandy Martina of the Netherlands.

A strong Irish contingent will be present, including Brian Gregan, Ciarán Ó Lionáird, Dara Kervick, Eoin Everard, Laura Crowe, Rose-Anne Galligan, Kerry O’Flaherty, Sara Treacy, Phil Healy, Sarah Lavin, Amy Foster, Marcus Lawler, Timmy Crowe and Niall Tuohy.

Host Tulsen Tollett heads the usual independent television athletics commentary team of Will Downing, Dick Hooper and 400m hurdler Jessie Barr.

Sponsored by AIT Sport, coverage of the Irish Sports Network production runs from 7-10pm and can be found in Ireland on Sky 191, eirVision 191, Freesat 400 and, plus also live on YouTube, and will also be available in the UK on the same services.

Highlights will be broadcast on Irish TV, Setanta Ireland, in the UK on Premier Sports, and in 25 countries across Africa on Fox Sports.

Coverage will run on Irish channels at these times –

IrishTV and YouTube LIVE
Wed 17 Feb – 7pm-10pm

Irish TV
Sunday 21 Feb – 4:00pm

Setanta Ireland
Monday 22 Feb – 5:00pm
Friday 26 Feb – 4:30pm
Sunday 28 Feb – 1:00pm


Six Irish golds at WAKO World Kickboxing Championships


Rustic Ivanchuk top of the podium after being crowned world champion (Photo:  Asturias 24)

Ireland claimed six world titles and 27 medals overall at the WAKO World Kickboxing Championships at Citywest, highlights of which will be broadcast in December by Irish TV.

A sell-out gala night at the Citywest Hotel featured ten of the Championships’ most attractive finals, which will be televised at a later date.

Four Irish finalists lined out for the final session, but only one lifted the world championship belt – Rustic Ivanchuk, of Ukrainian extraction, fighting out of Spartan Martial Arts in Blanchardstown.

He scored a famous victory in the men’s -57kg light contact final over Turkey’s Cebrail Gençoğlu, encouraged from his corner by instructor Robbie McMenamy, who in the previous fight had been beaten in the men’s -84kg points fighting World Championship decider by Hungary’s Zsolt Moradi.

In other gala night finals with Irish interest, Dean Barry was defeated by Emanuil Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the men’s -79kg points fighting gold-medal contest, while Dylan Heffernan lost to Hungarian Roland Veres in the men’s -57kg points fighting decider.

Six Irish gold medals were won overall –

Lily de la Cour Women’s LC -50kg
Rustic Ivanchuk Men’s LC -57kg
Rhyan Shelley Men’s LC -63kg
Des Leonard Men’s LC -69kg
Liam Dale Men’s LC V -94kg
Dave Heffernan Men’s PF V +94kg

The much-lauded Raymond Daniels won gold on his first foray at a WAKO World Championships, by winning out the men’s -89kg points fighting.

Norwegian media interest in the Championships was strong, with an NRK news crew following the fortunes of Monica Engeset in the women’s -50kg points fighting final – she lost to Italian Giulia Cavallaro in the decider – and Kristin Vollstad, beaten in the women’s -52kg full contact final by Finn Hanne Lauslehto in an all-Nordic affair.

Before trying her hand at MMA in 2016, Britain’s Natasha Baldwin bowed out of the world kickboxing circuit by winning another World Championship title at -65kg light contact.

The full list of Irish medallists from the 2015 WAKO World Kickboxing Championships reads –

Lily de la Cour – Women’s LC -50kg
Rustic Ivanchuk – Men’s LC -57kg
Rhyan Shelley – Men’s LC -63kg
Des Leonard – Men’s LC -69kg
Liam Dale – Men’s LC V -94kg
Dave Heffernan – Men’s PF V +94kg

Lauren Bradshaw – Women’s LC -70kg
Fidelma Martin – Women’s LC V +65kg
Dylan Heffernan – Men’s PF -57kg
Dean Barry – Men’s PF -79kg
Robbie McMenamy – Men’s PF -84kg
Terry Bradley – Men’s PF V -74kg
Martin Bannon – Men’s PF V -94kg

Aine Leonard – Women’s LC -60kg
Catherine McGregor – Women’s LC V -55kg
Louise Kissane – Women’s LC V -65kg
Dalton Shaughnessy – Men’s LC +94kg
Thomas Hayden – Men’s LC -84kg
Paul Coffey – Men’s LC V +94kg
Bo Mangan – Women’s PF -50kg
Caradh O’Donovan – Women’s PF -55kg
Shauna Bannon – Women’s PF -60kg
Fidelma Martin – Women’s PF V +65kg
Helen Hensey – Women’s PF V -55kg
Andy Brett – Men’s PF -89kg
Derek Deegan – Men’s PF V -63kg
Jessica Grant – Women’s MF HS

Full results HERE – 2015 WAKO World Kickboxing

LC: Light Contact – FC: Full Contact – PF: Points Fighting – MF: Musical Forms – V: Veteran