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Dublin: 13°C Tuesday 11 May 2021

The Irish airline employee hoping to make the plane to Rio

Stephen Concannon is one of Ireland’s best fencers and he hopes to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games.

Concannon in action at the NI Open.
Concannon in action at the NI Open.
Image: Andrew Brown/SarahGoslin

IT’S NOT OFTEN you have to warn your colleagues that a man with a sword will soon be wandering around the office, but that’s exactly what we were forced to do when Irish Olympic hopeful Stephen Concannon agreed to pop into The42 towers to teach us a thing or two about the sport of fencing.

Concannon, recent winner of the sabre competition at the Irish Open — an event where he beat ex-Olympians and international fencers from the UK and China among others — works for Aer Lingus but spoke to us about his hopes of making the plane to Rio next year as part of the Irish Olympic team.

But first we had to know what it was that got him interested in his chosen sport?

He also showed us some of the basics of fencing including the gear needed and stances used:

And you can see Stephen win his year’s Irish Open Sabre competition here:

Source: IrishFencingVideos/YouTube

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Steve O'Rourke

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