Brendan Irvine

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Russia’s Bator Sagaluev beat Brendan Irvine of Ireland in the light flyweight final of the European Games at Crystal Hall, Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Even if these European Games turn out to be nothing more than a minor rumble in the sporting jungle they will always be remembered by Brendan Irvine. (...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine takes a strong left from Russia’s  Bator Sagaluev during their  light-flyweight final at the European Games in Baku, which was won by the Russian on a split decision. Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

So it’s not yet a first European Games gold medal for Ireland, Brendan Irvine narrowly losing out in the light flyweight final to the fiercely competi(...)

Not everyone can put an exact value yet on a European Games gold medal, although Brendan Irvine clearly has. In earning the right to contest the final(...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine is declared the winner in his light-flyweight semi-final bout with Dmytro Zamotayev of the Ukraine at the European Games in Baku. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

After becoming the first Irish boxer to secure a medal of any colour, Brendan Irvine will now fight for the first Irish gold medal of these European G(...)

 Ida Lundblad of Sweden (red) and Katie Taylor of Ireland (blue) compete in the Women’s Boxing Lightweight (57-60kg) Quarter Final during day twelve of the Baku 2015 European Games. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even by her own awesome standards this looked perfectly simple, Katie Taylor now assured of at a least a bronze medal at these European Games - and cl(...)

Ireland’s Sean McComb is into the semi-finals of the European Games. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So that’s a European Games bronze medal number two - at the very least - for the Irish boxers in Baku, this one thanks to Sean McComb and his lightwei(...)

Ireland’s Scott Evans is a serious medal candidate in badminton at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Getty.

There is no limit to our welcoming into the Kingdom of Azerbaijan. Such is their lavish consideration of our needs that they built the Baku Sports Hal(...)

Brendan Irvine celebrates after beating home favourite and top seed Salman Alizada. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“It won’t be our last, definitely won’t be,” said Brendan Irvine, not long after he’d secured Ireland’s first medal at these European Games. Only turn(...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine celebrates with boxing coach Billy Walsh. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There is a very unpopular man in Baku right now and his name is Brendan Irvine. He’s also gained instant popularity on the Irish team as the first med(...)

Ireland’s Darren O’Neill, who fights in the  Men’s Heavy 91kg class. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So, and in no particular order, that’s Darren O’Neill, Brendan Irvine, Dean Gardiner, Ceire Smith, Dean Walsh, Adam Nolan, Sean McComb, Michael O’Rei(...)

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