Ciara Hoey Withdraws from JGP Croatia Cup

The Ice Skating Association of Ireland (ISAI) informs that two-time Junior Ladies national champion Ciara Hoey has had to withdraw from her Junior Grand Prix assignment at the Croatia Cup in Zagreb, Croatia this week due to illness.

The ISAI wishes Ciara a speedy recovery and looks forward to seeing her back out on the ice as soon as possible.

2015/2016 Test Scores Online


The Ice Skating Association of Ireland (ISAI) is pleased to announce the test scores for the 2015/2016 season. The requirements for each level’s programme remain the same for this year.

The ISAI is aware that the Gold level does not correspond to International Skating Union (ISU) Novice A anymore. However, it remains as listed in the regulations. Please be aware that there are different requirements for the Novice levels as per ISU Communication 1947.

The ISAI Figure Skating Technical Committee is in the process of updating the regulations, but this will not affect the 2015/2016 season.

The test scores can be viewed here.

Speed Skating Videos On ISAI YouTube Channel


The Ice Skating Association of Ireland (ISAI) is pleased to announce the launch on the ISAI Youtube channel of the first ever instructional videos for speed skating specifically targeting Irish skaters. The short clips are intended to be used as a reference for people in Ireland who are new to the sport.

The videos are divided into two categories – dryland training, which features exercises and drills that can be performed off ice, and on ice training, which focuses on acquiring and progressing skating skills and technique necessary for racing.

The series of instructional videos have been produced by Ryan McAnuff and Sean McAnuff, both of whom are competitive speed skaters. The brothers have been taking an active role in assisting the ISAI with the development of the sport in Ireland, working with local skaters for time ever to see speed skating on Irish ice starting in the 2014/2015 season.

Karen O’Sullivan, ISAI President said, “I am delighted that the ISAI will now be able to offer these instructional videos as a tool that our current and future speed skaters will be able to use for their training. I would like to thank Ryan and Sean for all the hard work they put into creating the videos for the association and I am certain that it will assist greatly the development of the sport here in Ireland.”

Speed skating is a form of competitive ice skating where competitors race against each other. There are two types of speed skating recognised by the International Skating Union and which are contested at the Winter Olympics – long track and short track. In long track, more commonly called speed skating, skaters compete in pairs and against the clock over distances from 500m to 10,000m on a 400m oval. The winner is the skater with the quickest time. In short track speed skating, the course is set at 111.12m on a 60m x 30m ice rink. Up to six skaters take part in each race with the first to cross the line declared the winner. The longest distances individuals skate in short track is 3000m.

This is the first in a series of initiatives that is being undertaken to establish the sport in Ireland, so be sure to visit the ISAI website regularly to keep up to date of all ongoing developments in speed skating.

Check out the playlists at the following links:


Conor Stakelum Posts Two New Personal Bests At Nebelhorn Trophy


Two-time Irish senior men’s figure skating champion Conor Stakelum made a very promising start to the 2015/2016 season when he competed over the weekend at the Nebelhorn Trophy 2015 in Oberstdorf, Germany. Continue reading

Four Irish Skaters Fly The Flag At Skate Southern International


This week saw a team of four Irish skaters compete at the Skate Southern International at the Lee Valley Ice Centre in London with representation across a range of levels highlighting the continuing growth of the sport in Ireland. Continue reading

Ciara Hoey Completes Debut Junior Grand Prix


This weekend Ciara Hoey became the first Irish skater to compete on the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating series since 2012 when she participated in the Cup of Austria in Linz.

The two-time Junior Ladies Irish national champion began her competition with her short programme to “Romeo and Juliet” by Nino Rota. She open with a layback spin and completed a solo double flip, but then fell on a double Lutz/double toe loop combination. She recovered to make a good attempt at a double Axel and finished with her strongest element, a combination spin. She earned 18.68 points and was in 34th place at the halfway stage of the event.

Hoey took to the ice again at the Keine Sorgen Eisarena the following evening for the free skating. Performing to “Sheherazade” by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov, she skated confidently without any major errors to amass a new personal best for her free of 43.08 points. She came 33rd in the free, but had to settle for 34th place overall.

Hoey will compete at a second Junior Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia next month.

Ciara Hoey Represents Ireland at Austrian Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating


Ciara Hoey (17) has had a great 2015 so far. The Dundalk native won her second Junior Ladies title at the Irish National Figure Skating Championships in March at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and then became the first Irish skater to claim gold at an International Skating Union (ISU) international when she emerged victorious at the FMBA Trophy in Abu Dhabi in April. Later on that month she also attended the ISU Development Trophy in Gdansk, Poland – a training camp for skaters from countries such as Ireland with a short tradition in the sport.

This week she will make her debut on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series in Linz, Austria which takes place 10-12 September.

“It has been a great year so far and I am delighted to have been chosen to represent my country internationally again this year,” Hoey said.

Hoey is now coached by Gill Edwards at the Silver Blades Ice Rink in Altrincham and they will be travelling together as the Irish team to Austria. Top skaters from Russia, Japan and the United States of America will all be present, but she is looking forward to the challenge.

“My practice sessions have been going well this summer and I am just so excited to get out there on the ice and show what I can do,” Hoey said.

The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series started in 1997 and has become one of the most prestigious events to which young figure skaters can be invited. There are seven Grand Prixs annually and each skater will normally compete at two of these to accumulate points in order to qualify for the Grand Prix Final in December. Hoey is the first Irish skater since 2012 to participate in a Junior Grand Prix.

The Junior Grand Prix in Austria will be broadcast live online on the ISU’s YouTube channel – .

2015/2016 National Team Announcement

Clara Peters and Ciara Hoey with ISAI Development and Performance Director Alan Seabrook (Conor Stakelum was unable to attend the photocall due to training commitments)

2015/2016 National Team members Clara Peters and Ciara Hoey with ISAI Development and Performance Director Alan Seabrook (Conor Stakelum was unable to attend the photocall due to training commitments)

The Ice Skating Association of Ireland (ISAI) is pleased to announce that the 2015/2016 National Team has been selected following the 2015 Irish National Championships. Continue reading

Election of ISAI Technical & Officials Sub Committee Members

Ice Skating Association of Ireland

At the Ice Skating Association of Ireland (ISAI) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 28 June 2015, the members of the association who put themselves forward to serve on the Technical and Officials Sub Committees were duly elected.

For the first time, there will be a committee for speed skating as the ISAI further develops the sport on the island of Ireland. Karen O’Sullivan, ISAI President, congratulated all of the members on their election and, in particular, extended a warm welcome to all the new additions to the committees.

The new sub committees are composed as follows:

Figure Skating Technical & Officials Sub Committee

  • Karen O’Sullivan (Chair)
  • Meg Hilko
  • Sarah Dawson
  • Odhran Allen
  • Natasha Mulligan

Speed Skating Technical & Officials Sub Committee

  • Yvonne Brett (Chair)
  • Colin McAnuff
  • Geraldine Morrow
  • Karen O’Sullivan

2015 ISAI AGM Reminder

This is a reminder for all members of the Ice Skating Association of Ireland (ISAI) that the 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held this Sunday, 28 June 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 from 2pm.