Fencing has been included in the Olympic games since their modern day inception in 1896 and the sport formally came to Ireland ten years later in 1906 when the Irish Fencing Club was founded in Dublin. It was not the first club in Ireland, but it was the first in which the principal aim was exercise and sport rather than duelling. The club closed in 1917, but was restarted again in 1933 following advertisements in Dublin newspapers. This was followed in 1934 by the Cork Fencing club, renamed Club Palestrina in 1943, and the British Legion Fencing club in 1935. In 1936 the Irish Amateur Fencing Federation was set up as the governing body of the sport in Ireland and remains the sole governing body of the sport in Ireland today. In 2008 the word "amateur" was removed from the federation's name.
Growth of the sport in Ireland
Over the coming years clubs were set up in:
Blackrock College, Dublin University (1936, revived......