O’Rourke loses out on medal in Minsk



Castlerea boxer and former Castlerea Community School student, Aoife O’Rourke, just missed out on a medal at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Aoife had made the quarter-final stages before losing out to second seed Lauren Price of Great Britain by unanimous decision.

  While Aoife will be disappointed to have been beaten in the last eight and to have missed out on a semi-final spot and a guaranteed bronze medal, there have been plenty of positives for both her and Team Ireland in the Belarusian capital.

  Fighting in the women’s middleweight section at 75kg, O’Rourke had beaten local fighter, Viktoryia Kebikava, by a 4-1 split decision in Tuesday’s preliminary round. An impressive feat considering Kebikava had home advantage and is a fighter of good pedigree, having previously won a bronze medal at the World Championships.

  Understandably, the Roscommon girl turned some famous heads with that victory. Former WBA and European Super Bantamweight and current high performance director of IABA, Bernard Dunne, tweeted his approval, stating: “Aoife O’Rourke was just superb in her defeat of the world bronze medalist from Belarus”.

  Sadly, Aoife’s quarter-final opponent just proved a step too far but she can take tremendous heart in her performance as she adds yet more invaluable experience in the ring.

  Team Ireland have performed exceptionally well in the boxing event at this year’s European Games, and are already guaranteed six medals following team captain Kellie Harrington’s women’s lightweight quarter-final win yesterday evening. The semi-finals will now take place over the next two days while the finals will take place on Sunday as the event comes to an end and Ireland attempt to turn bronze into gold.