A YEAR FULL OF ACHIEVEMENT & MEMORIES THAT WAS 2011   What a year 2011 turned out to be, -with lots of events culminating in the long awaited UKIFAC in August. Our archers competed in the UK. We had many successses domestically and across the pond. 2011 however saw some lows in the club structure. New clubs were set up by ex Dunbrody members in the region. Club competitions took place at the hall and out at our woods,  and our course was partially redesigned following Coillte tree felling.    

 JAN 2011 After a December of snow, 2011 commenced with our focus towards the big UKIFAC event in August as we realised we had a lot of prep work ahead. New baby time for JP & Noelle. We held the first SBG shoot of 2011 which was free as a thank you for all the support of the club to date & our winners were John, Helen, Dylan, Heather, Arron, & Shaun. Our club AGM took place on Jan 20th where a lot was sorted & a new committee introduced with Martin as new club chairperson. Mark featured on South East radio speaking about the club &UKIFAC. The International Mail Match commenced. We held our 1st UKIFAC meeting of 2011 with monthly / bi monthly meetings to follow. Loughcrew held an SBG shoot with John, Mark, Therese & Shaun winning.

FEB 2011 Na Laoch Dall held a table quiz which some of us attended. Therese & Eric got engaged.  The club held a committee meeting which was very productive. Lynn set a new AFBHR Irish record at the IAC SBG where it was also wins for John, Pat, Dylan, & Shaun, . Andrew entered club details to the FBD awards 2011. Therese introduced a club suggestion box system. Michéal was crowned IAAA Junior champion.

MAR 2011 A busy month saw us compete at Carrowmore & Na Laoch Dall.- John won in Sligo while Andrew, John, Cian, Hannah, Lynn, Olivia, Jim, & Shaun, won in Waterford., We marched in the New Ross St Patricks day parade. Our Facebook page had 141 fans. Our club newsletter reached issue 260. We received news that we were shortlisted for the FBD award finals. Chris was in Estonia as IFAF Int rep.

APR 2011 The FBD awards took place at the Brandon & was attended by Andrew & Sonja where we were deemed finalists & received a framed cert. David celebrated his 40th. We held our fundraising table quiz at Corcorans. Stephen & Eileen had a bouncing baby boy. The Blue Arrows shoot was cancelled. Club members hold 30 Irish records.  John competed in Mayo & won. We held our 1st archery demo of 2011 at the Town park where we donated to the charity of the day. .We held a successful charity open 3D shoot at our woods where we made €900 for Crumlin Childrens hospital & was organised by David,- John, Paul, Colin, & Martin won the days competition.  Jim made clever animal targets for our woods. Lynn, Jack & John are International Mailmatch  champions. Na Laoch  Dall held an informal shoot which we attended.  Black Dog held a classification shoot. Dunbrody did very well at the IFAF Mail Match competition. Lynn won at the Scottish champs as Helen, John and Keith did well also .

MAY 2011 We held work parties out in our woods as we improved our course. Ulster bank agreed to sponsor UKIFAC 2011. We held our Hybrid SBG this month & Andrew, Pat, Paul, Helen, Colin, Shannon, Jim, Shaun, & Michéal, were victorious. IAC also held an SBG & this time Dunbrody victors were John, Pat, & Nikki. John & Keith competed at the UK 3D Champs. Black Dog held its 2nd classification shoot.

JUNE 2011 The Duncannon Military Festival took place in early June & it was a successful weekend for the club with lots of exposure & new members . Some of our members held an archery demo for the “No Name” Club at CBS park. Our Target butts for UKIFAC arrived safely. Loughcrew hosted an Archery Fair weekend which was thoroughly enjoyable with a Clout shoot, hunting trail & Unmarked Animal round. Ulster bank confirmed a sponsorship deal of €1000 for UKIFAC. Littlewood hosted an SBG with Keith, Nikki & Jim tasting victory. Thanks to David & others, we installed a bigger better storage unit in the hall.  Na laoch Dall held a UAR shoot with wins for John, Mark, Lynn, Sarah C, Shannon, Jim, Shaun, & Martin.  Two of our club members formed Castle Archers archery demo company.  

JULY 2011 Our UKIFAC sponsor list increased. It was membership renewal time again. Limerick held an SBG, & John, Hannah, Paul, Clodagh, Jim & Shaun won here. 130 archers had committed themselves for UKIFAC. Our woods were partially felled by Coillte. Carrowmore held a shoot with no one for Dunbrody in action on this occasion. Work parties took place at Tintern. Nationwide failed to film our UKIFAC preparations due to their other topical commitments at the time. Maureen, Shaun & Brendan snr won at the Donegal SBG.  The countdown was really on now for UKIFAC.

AUG 2011 A huge month. Littlewood held a variety shoot and a victory for Therese.  Na Laoch Dall held an SBG & fundraiser for Carrowmore following recent theft of their equipment. Don, Mark, Maureen, Dylan, Sam, Rebecca, Shaun, & Brendan  snr won here. Mayo held a Triathlon shoot. Lynn won well at the UK South West challenge with Keith – Gents runner up. UKIFAC finally came round after final weeks of frantic efforts. It was a terrific experience and a rewarding one with great reviews and superb feedback. The weather and surroundings were glorious. With 150 archers taking part, Lynn, Pat, Shannon, Hannah, Evan, Colin, won their classes with other members doing well in their B & C classifications.  Tintern left us all full of fond memories… (and scores of great photographs)

SEPT 2011 Good Newspaper coverage this month. Some of our members went independent this month too. Mayo held a Pic ‘n Mix shoot.   Clodagh set up the Dunbrody Buy ‘n Sell page. The annual Community Celebration day which we were to take part in was cancelled due to the poor weather. Tesco kindly donated a first aid kit to the club. The National champs took place at IAC & was a great success all round. Eric and his team again pulled out all the stops. Well done to our winners John, Hannah, Cian, Mark, Lynn, Adam, Rebecca, Shaun, & Martin. The IFAF AGM took place in Port Laoise this month too and had record numbers attend.  Michéal -now  IAAA outdoor champion after further success. Jim set up new Kilkenny based club “Warbow”.

OCT 2011 Limerick held a Hybrid SBG. where Martin, Sonja, Andrew, Lynn, Shannon, & Sam won. Willow Hill held its inaugural shoot which unfortunately due to a combination of reasons, it was not well attended which was a pity and had to be called off mid way due to the inclement weather. . Blackdog held a fun filled two day event comprising of a clout and an Unmarked Animal Round shoot. Under Marks direction, we set up one side of our course again following recent tree felling. Mark improved the steps at the door of our hut. We then commenced a successful club league competition in our woods on Sunday mornings aimed at our newer and novice archers. We held a surprise 50th birthday party for Helen in Corcorans.  The new club website goes live at last. We held a fun Halloween night in the hall at the end of October which was enjoyable…

NOV 2011 We held our SBG in early November as Loughcrew also held an SBG this month…. Winners at Dunbrody were Andrew, Sonja, James, Cian, Mark, Lynn, Shannon, Kevin, Martin & Brendan jr. At Loughcrew The club winners were James, Mark, Clodagh, Liam (Nol), Shannon, Shaun, and Martin.   A group from Ulster bank came for a prearranged demo at our woods. New club “Aos Dana” set up using Ballykelly hall. We held our final UKIFAC “Wrap up” meeting. Our club Facebook now has 204 fans. The successful club wood league competition came to an end.  Clodagh took  over as acting secretary in Lynn’s unfortunate absence. Tony made a lovely club members bow stand for hall.  Our newer members were improving well.

DEC 2011 Just one shoot took place this month and it was Warbows inaugural SBG, and an enjoyable shoot it was too. Martin & Sandra had a beautiful baby girl. We ran a Christmas competition in the hall based on a league basis.  The Christmas night out took place at Corcorans on Dec 3rd and was attended by many and was a fun night. The club wrapped up for the year after the final club night on Dec 22nd .   With a good number of talented underage members in our midst, the future looks very bright for archery in this country.

With sincere sympathy, we remember family members of some of our club archers who passed away during 2011. we also  welcome some new archers babies into the world.

With a full Calendar and the prospects of an exciting 2012, we look forward to the first competition of the New year. 

Compiled by Andrew (club P.R.O.)

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