Irish Strength Association Active Development Plan for its Members

The Official Body for Strength Sports in Ireland

The Irish strength Association’s active goal is to develop strength and strength sports in Ireland. The Association as it has grown over the last 15 years has actively increased its events to a range of competitions including age groups that it promotes, creating championships in Arm Wrestling, Highland Games, Strongman, MAS Wrestling & Powerlifting. We cover Junior, Senior, Master and weight category, 75kg, 95kg, 100kg, 110kg, 110kg with strongman events that lead to National, International, Uk & World Competitions..


Irish Strength Association strongman has been developed since 2000.

Strongman in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have structured competitions with the Republic’s and Ulster’s Championship qualifying for Ireland Strongest Man which qualify for the televised UK Strongest Man in Belfast, which now qualifies for the new world evens.

For the senior competitors we have also introduced 2 man and 4 man team shows and a Novice Ireland Strongest Man 2 shows for all newcomers to the sport.

Strongman in Ireland has also a junior section ranging from 16-23 years of age which qualifies for the Junior UK Strongest Man in Belfast. The Irish Strength Association is in the process of developed for 2014 the Irish Master Class which will qualify the winner to the televised Master World Strongest Man in Belfast.

Log lifting Championship in Belfast, this is a new concept in the staple strongman event of log lifting. Two of our Strongmen champions have qualified to compete in the coveted Arnold Classic in 2014 plus, our top 4 strongmen will compete in a televised nation’s championship in Ireland, UK and Worldwide.

The Association actively promotes the sport of strongman, highland games and arm wrestling in Schools and Youth Clubs by delivering talks and demonstrations. Over the last 4 years we have be creating Strongest Kid Competitions, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-16 years of age. This has been a huge success, involving boys and girls in our strength sports. Not only is this an opportunity for the bigger, stronger less active kids to shine but it has encouraged them into a healthier lifestyle, through what they eat and that there are many sports out there that require the bigger, stronger kids.

A truck pull competition will be part of the New ISA Strongman League in 2014. This will in further develop into a series of competitions.

Highland Games

A 3 part series for the Highland Warrior Trophy has been taking place, since 2004 the ISA have been promoting and encouraging competitors such as past commonwealth and county throwers of the discus and shot into our new but traditional sport of highland games. This sport is steeped in history and this is promoted in schools and clubs throughout the year. Though, originated from Scotland our Scottish links are rooted deep throughout Ireland, hence the many Celtic events with Scottish influence that are promoted throughout Ireland. The Irish Strength Association has actively promoted the event of Highland Games through these festivals so much so that we are doing an additional event to our calendar bringing in the European Highland Games televised Series. This is a great opportunity for our Highland Games competitors in Ireland to compete with Europe’s best but will give the opportunity of our Highland Warrior Champion of 2013 to compete in all 5 European televised Series. We propose to make this an annual event. Height wars competition 2012 was our new specialised games competition that will be repeated in 2014. This involves the Sheaf Toss and the 56lb weight over the bar and Scottish Wrestling.

Arm Wrestling

Arm Wrestling has been developed since 2004 also. Arm wrestling is a new sport to Ireland in general and now boasts 2 British Championships within its Association in the 105kg+ and 90kg .The 90 kg class is the overall weight left arm champion and has qualified televised Arm Wars in London. We have our National Championship and an Open Irish event annually and competitors get to compete on the UK stages throughout the year which the ISA support for 2014. In 2013 ISA had 4 championships that will increase for 2014.


MAS Wrestling will be a new sport to ISA but is 1250 years old originating in Oklahoma, Russia. MAS Wrestling is the fastest growing sport in the world and has over 40 countries competing in the sport of MAS Wrestling. The international MAS Wrestling Federation have set a development plan to be part of the Olympics in 2020 and an Irish competitor will be part of it through our new development of the sport.


Power Lifting is the ? of all strength training and our ISA member will be able to enjoy a power lifting meet at our first “Irish Strength Expo” in April linked with GPC. This will keep the development of all principle lifts in strength with a push and pull raw competition. A further meet in 2014 is planned…


The Irish Strength Association formed in 2000 with 1 event Ireland Strongest Man and going into 2012 the Irish Strength Association boasts 44 events in Ireland alone, 10 televised to the masses now covering 5 strength sports of strongman, highland games and arm wrestling MAS Wrestling, Power Lifting for all age categories from the Junior to the Masters and we will continue to grow from strength to strength. All events will be posted this month on are website home of Irish strength going forward…

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Since it's formation in July 2000, the Irish Strength Association have gone from strength to strength, boasting over 140 members, many of whom have competed in the highest levels of Strongest Man,Arm-wrestling and Highland games competitions. Mission: To be the strongest on the planet!

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