The Ireland Boxing squad depart for the European Elite Men’s Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria today.
The team is being led by Donegal’s Peter O’Donnell.
The Raphoe man has taken senior sides to tournaments before but never to a major championship.
Peter had a team in Finland earlier this year where Ireland came back with six medals.
London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill, a silver medallist at the 2010 European Elite Championships in Moscow, will captain Team Ireland at the championships which start this Friday 7th August.
The top six boxers in each weight class in Bulgaria will advance to the World Championships in Qatar in October, which is also a qualifier for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
52kg Myles Casey (St Francis), 56kg Michael Conlan (St John Bosco), 64kg Dean Walsh (St Joesphs/St Ibars), 69kg Adam Nolan (Bray), 81kg Joe Ward (APB), 91kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown), 91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel).
Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell, Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zauri Antia and Eddie Bolger, Physiotherapist: Julianne Ryan, Sports Psychologist: Gerry Hussey, Performance Analyst: Alan Swanton, Cuts Man: Dr John Haughey