Trinity Cup Looms

With the first semester rapidly eroding, and Christmas inching ever forward, it’s time once again for the Trinity Cup. For those not in the know, the Trinity cup is a team relay match – each team consists of six people, one representing each weapon (Men and Women’s Foil, Sabre, and Epee). A match is fought between two such teams, with the weapon order being drawn at random and the match going to 30 points.

The Trinity Cup is a proud tradition of DUFC, and promises every year to be a great time had by all. It takes place in the TCD Sports Centre on Saturday the 24th of November. Entry is €50 per team, payable on the day – the closing date for entries is the 19th. So, if you think you have a chance of taking gold (or if you’re determined to try anyway), get together a team and sign up! The entry form and some further details can be found here. A pdf of the entry form can be found here.

We look forward to seeing all of you there. Good luck!

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UCD Intermediates 2012

Max Milner stretches his legs in the poule stages of the competition.

The latest round of Intermediates were held on the 29th and 30th of September in UCD. 11 fencers from DUFC made the trip out over the two days, all of them acquitting themselves well.

Men’s Foil was, as ever, one of the larger competitions, with 29 fencers and two poules before the DEs. Max Milner, new to DUFC (although hardly new to the sport), came 2nd – after a thrilling match, he narrowly lost 15-13 to Grant Couper in the final. Women’s Épée saw Clodagh McCarthy-Luddy came third; she put on a tremendous show in the poules, although Naomi Mullins eventually got the better of her in the semi-finals. Naomi went on to win the competition.

The competition was fierce in Men’s Épée, and unfortunately no medals landed in DUFC’s hands. Trinity’s fencers fought valiantly, however, with Li Dong (5th) just barely missing out on a podium place.  Olivia Flynn, another recent addition to the DUFC roster, secured herself the silver medal in Women’s Foil, only just losing out to Erin Barclay in the last bout. Lastly, Li made another show in Men’s Sabre, coming in 7th – a fine display, given his lack of experience with the weapon.

Of course, a shout must needs be given out for Li Dong, who has once again managed to compete in all three weapons, faring quite well in each case. His dedication and stamina are apparently second to none…although after every competition he says he’ll never do it again. A congratulations, in any case, to all of our fencers who competed at Intermediates, and especially to our medal (I keep saying medal – they were plaques, really) winners. The full list of results can be found here. The next competitions on the calendar will be the North-Wests this weekend followed by the Vinny Duffy Sabre on the 20th of October.

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Trinity fencers fill Five Nations team

With this year’s Five Nations tournament fast approaching, the team that will be representing Ireland was announced last week. DUFC is proud to admit that no fewer than six of the team members have been proud to call the club their own. Liz Fitzgerald (women’s sabre), Jenny Jennings, Geraldine Davies,  (women’s foil), Jack McHugh (men’s sabre), Rory Greenan and Colm Flynn (men’s épée) will be joining the rest of the Irish squad in fending off the British teams, with Colm Flynn captaining the men’s épée squad. It looks set to be an exciting competition, with the home team (us..!) hoping to steal back the trophy. The competition will be held on the 3rd of November in DCU – more information can, as always, be found on the IFF website. A full list of the Irish team can be found here. From everyone at DUFC, knock them dead, guys.

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Freshers’ Week Bonanza


It’s that time of year again. Front Square fills with tents and free pizza, and thousands of first years descend upon the college for their first time as Trinity students. Ah, Freshers’ Week, how we’ve missed you.

DUFC are kicking things off this year with a trip to Trinity Halls, this Saturday (the 15th) as well as every day next week in Front Square. There our cheery and not-at-all-coercive committee members will be on hand to sign you up for another year of fencing. And if you’re in need of convincing, you’re in luck – we will be delivering a demonstration in the Sports Centre from 1-4 on Wednesday (the 19th). There will also be two introductory sessions – crash courses in beginner fencing – on the two Saturdays following Freshers’ Week, 22nd from 10am until 1pm and 29th from 9am until 12pm in the ancillary hall on the first floor of the sports centre.

So come one, come all, and join us for what Colm Flynn Ph.D. calls the best sport in the whole darn world. Membership for the year is €5 and includes full use of equipment, as well as world-class training from seasoned fencers. We guarantee you won’t regret it!

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Natalya Coyle places 9th at London 2012 Olympics



Most college students are content with getting through their degree, joining some clubs and societies and attending every social occasion possible. Then there are some that go several steps further. Natalya Coyle (Tal to her friends) is one such student. As well as studying for her BESS degree, Tal has recently come back from a roaring Olympic success. Despite fierce competition in the Modern Pentathlon, Tal took 9th place overall in the competition, as well as (DUFC is proud to admit) 5th in the fencing portion of the event. This only being her first Olympics, the DUFC Intervarsities champion sees it as a stepping stone to even greater heights in Rio 2016. From everyone in the club, we would like to congratulate Tal, and we wish her every success in future competitions. You can follow her on Facebook (search Natalya Coyle) or on Twitter at @NatalyaCoyle.

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London Olympics 2012

As the London Olympics begin tomorrow, the 30th in the modern Olympiad, Dublin University Fencing Club proudly supports all of our Irish athletes and our very own Natalya Coyle who competes as the first Irish athlete in Modern Pentathlon.

Natalya has had a hugely successful year competing around the world in Brazil, Russia, Hungary, London, Bulgaria, China and the USA. Being so well travelled she has achieved a number of personal bests in the five sports that make up the Modern Pentathlon; Fencing, Swimming, Riding and the combined Running and Shooting event.

She officially qualified for her first Olympic games at the age of 21 on the 1st of June and was a Trinity College torch bearer as part of the Olympic torch relay through Dublin city.

We wish her and her fellow modern pentathlete Arthur Lanigan O’Keefe who received a late call up to the Irish team after narrowly missing out qualification, the very best of luck.

The women’s event is on the 12th August while the Men’s event is on the previous day.


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Annual General Meeting 2011/2012


2012/2013 Committee

The DUFC annual general meeting was held on the 3rd of April of this year. Speeches were made, tears were shed, and the old committee stepped down to be replaced by the new. Traditional merriment and celebration ensued.

Ned Mitchell stood down as Captain after a triumphant year under difficult circumstances. Conor Traynor succeeds Ned at the helm. Although he will undoubtedly be feeling the pressure after DUFC’s closest ever Intervarsities victory, he isn’t too worried. The combination of DUFC’s famous team spirit and the talented fencers recruited in recent years will, he says, do the club proud next year.

The DUFC committee for 2012/2013 is as follows:

Club Captain/Men’s Captain: Conor Traynor

Ladies’ Captain: Clodagh McCarthy-Luddy

Treasurer: Niall O’Brien

Secretary: Ciara O’Connor

Armourer: Ian Mooney

Jr. Armourer: Diarmuid Neville

President: Rory Greenan

Public Relations Officer: Killian Hanlon

Beginners’ Officer: Ian Kenny

Alumni Officer: Jack McHugh

Entertainments Officer: Ciara Ní Grianna

Competitions Officer: Róisín Cunningham

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