Barnes to defend Commonwealth Gold

Published Friday, 18 April 2014
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Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes will defend his Commonwealth title after being selected to compete at the games in Glasgow this summer.

Barnes to defend Commonwealth Gold
Olympic bronze medalists Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan at their homecoming. (© Pacemaker)

The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council announced the initial batch of athletes selected to attend the prestigious competition on Thursday.

Boxer Paddy Barnes captured Gold at the 2010 Games in Delhi. A two time Olympic bronze medallist, Barnes will be joined by Michael Conlan, who took bronze in flyweight boxing at the London Olympics in 2012.

Michaela Walsh and Alanna Murphy will make Northern Ireland's debut in Women's Boxing.

The first 33 competitors announced for NI will compete in five sports - boxing, judo, ladies' lawn bowls, shooting and squash - at the Games, which will run from 23 July to 3 August in the Scottish city.

One of the first athletes selected was full-bore shooter David Calvert, who is the most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete ever.

Calvert will attend his 10th Games, unprecedented in the history of the event. He has won 4 Gold and 4 Bronze medals so far, having competed in consecutive Games since 1978.

In squash Madeline Perry, currently No 8 in the World rankings, will be competing in her fifth Games since her first appearance in 1998.

Another leading local competitor will be 2012 Olympian Lisa Kearney who seeks to add to her 2013 World Cup gold.

Northern Ireland will send five women bowlers to the games, including Barbara Cameron who first competed in 1994. They will be under the guidance of experienced outdoor and indoor international Sally McGarel.

Full list of selected athletes for the 2014 Commonwealth Games:


Paddy Barnes (49kg)
Michaela Walsh (51kg)
Ruairi Dalton (52kg)
Michael Conlan (56kg)
Sean McComb or Joe Fitzpatrick (60kg)
Alanna Murphy (60kg)
Sean Duffy (64kg)
Steven Donnelly (69kg)
Connor Coyle (75kg)
Padraig McCrory or Sean McGlinchy (81kg)
Steven Ward (91kg)


Lisa Kearney (-52kg)
Caoimhin Thompson (-73kg)
Eoin Fleming (-73kg)
Gavin McNeill (+100kg)
Kirsty Kee (-63kg)
Mark Montgomery (-100kg)

Ladies Lawn Bowls:

Barbara Cameron
Mandy Cunningham
Donna McCloy
Jennifer Dowds
Catherine McMillen


David Calvert
Gary Duff
Kirsty Barr
Jack Alexander
Samuel Kelly
David Christie
David Beattie
David Henning
Louise Aiken
Claudia McClung
Clement Buchanan


Madeline Perry
Michael Craig

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David in Belfast wrote (281 days ago):
How can he represent the ROI of Ireland at the Olympics and then represent NI at the Commonwealth games?
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