Welcome to the IABA
The Home of Irish Boxing
Established in 1911, The Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s (IABA) main role is to develop, foster and control amateur boxing in the 32 counties of Ireland. The IABA is committed to provide the environment, in which support and opportunities given to our athletes, coaches and clubs excel, and in doing so to increase participation and improve performance in Irish Boxing. The IABA operates from the National Stadium in Dublin, the only purpose built amateur boxing stadium in the world and there are currently over 375 clubs affiliated to the association across the Island of Ireland (North and South). It is a volunteer led organisation where the hard work, dedication and significant time afforded by each member has contributed to the growing success of the sport in Ireland. The sport of boxing originally flourished in the 1920’s as the newly formed Government viewed Boxing as an ideal way to promote the fledging Country and gain International recognition. Over it’s illustrious 103 year history, it has grown to become one of the most successfully amateur sports in Ireland.
“To be Ireland’s leading Olympic Sport and one of the world’s leading boxing nations in competition, development and governance”
The IABA endeavours to operate as a team in a effective and transparent manner by being:
Accountable – be measured on the effectiveness of the delivery of the strategy and have full responsibility for finding solutions to the specific challenges that may arise.
Dynamic – endeavour to react and respond quickly to provide services and programmes that will help deliver our vision for amateur boxing in Ireland and its delivery partners.
Equitable – all statutory and voluntary partners, organisations and the individuals within these organisations, will be respected, have equal opportunities and have their rights protected.
Honest – Carry out its activities with transparency and integrity, and respect the strengths, values and opinions of its partners and it’s membership base
Innovative – utilise the strengths of the 4 Provincial Boards to share and exchange knowledge and experience to provide the most creative and innovative solutions
The Most Successful Irish Olympic Sport
Boxing is Ireland’s most successful Olympic Sport with 16 medalists won out of a total of 28 Olympic medals in the history of Irish Olympics.