This coming year promises to be a very eventful one for Dunbrody Archers. A European Championships in Italy, UKIFAC & the South West challenge in England, as well as a horde of other competitions across the UK, as well as here domestically.
The Scottish champs will take place in Parton in the spring and Dunbrody Archers are usually represented at these championships having had success there over recent years.
The IFAF domestic circuit is packed with events this year which will keep the club members on their toes. We have many talented underage members in the club who will all be determined to make a name for themselves throughout 2012.
The club held its AGM recently and the incoming committee for this year is as follows… Martin Moylan- Chairperson.
Clodagh Nolan- Secretary & Membership Secretary.
Helen Kavanagh -Treasurer.
Andrew Wayland- P.R.O.
Mark Daly, Alex Furlong, & Sarah Twomey make up the rest of the committee.
A word of thanks to outgoing committee members… Lynn Ellingworth, David Sinnott, & Dylan Brazil. Best wishes to the incoming committee, and thanks to all the members who turned up for the AGM. Their input and feedback is always valued at the club.
Sarah Twomey addressed those present at the end of the meeting saying that she, her husband Adrian, and their children have felt very welcomed in the club since joining in 2011, and are enjoying the archery, and the whole experience immensely, and she thanked everybody at the club for making it so. It was very nice to hear such sentiments which was dually acknowledged by Chairperson Martin and his committee. .
With around 80 members in the club we are going from strength to strength.
The club hopes to participate in this years St Patricks day parade as well as at the Duncannon Military Festival in June. We can also be seen at local festivals and shows in the region where we will be running demo days open to the public.
The competitive circuit got underway with a fun shoot in Offaly last weekend and hosted by Eric Kelly and the IAC club. Many archers from the club attended and it was an enjoyable day.
Many of our members are now shooting traditional style bows which has versified the shooting styles within our club and this is an extremely positive thing. Our members now shoot Recurve, Trad Recurve, Longbow, Flatbow, Horsebow as well as the most powerful “Compound” bows.
Approximately twenty of our members are taking part in the 2012 International Mail match tournament… They are up against archers from all across the world from such countries as Brazil, Australia, USA, Estonia, and Croatia. One round has been completed so far in January with two rounds remaining which will take place in February and March. Last year we did extremely well with class victories for Lynn Ellingworth (Listerlin). Jack O’ Donoghue (Rathnure) and John Shiel (Bunclody). We also had many other runner up medal winners throughout the categories namely Mark O Donoghue (Rathnure), Michéal Irwin (Graignamanagh), Cian Power (Ferrybank), Shaun Phillpot (New Ross), Andrew Wayland (Campile),… & Clodagh Nolan (New Ross) – 3rd.
We are currently working on our woodland course and a big thanks to all at the club who have assisted in anyway. Mark Daly, with Martin Moylan have designed the layout of our new International round course and it looks very well indeed and should be completed soon.
The next shoot is Black Dog and other shoots coming soon are Loughcrew, Warbow, Drewstown & Aos Dana. A busy few months ahead.