Kilkeel hosts first championship in north

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

ON Saturday, 29 April the Northern Ireland IPSC Shotgun Championships took place adjacent to the Bracken Centre in Ballinran, just outside Kilkeel.
This was the first time a Level 3 Shotgun National Championship was held in NI. Just under 100 competitors took part in the competition from 12 different countries including the Philippines, USA, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, Isle of Man, Great Britain, Republic of Ireland and Austria, as well as our own home-grown shooters. Included in the shooting line up were the current junior World Champion and the Swedish National Champion. International range officers from France, GB, South Africa, Germany, Austria came to assist in the running of the match making it a truly international affair. Many of the competitors stayed in local accommodation during the competition with the match hotel, The Kilmorey Arms Hotel being a focal point.

A gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony were held in the Kilmorey Arms Hotel that evening with the chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Gillian Fitzpatrick presenting the trophies to the winners. Many of the competitors took the opportunity whilst here to take a mini-break and visited many of the attractions throughout Northern Ireland. Organisers would like to take this opportunity to thank Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for all their assistance in helping with this International competition, 1st Kilkeel Boys' Brigade for their help during the competition, The Food Works and Raspberry Lane tea and coffee. "The best competition I have competed in since the World Championships in Italy in 2015" is how one competitor has described the Northern Ireland Shotgun Championship. Competitors in leaving for home have already put the competition in their diary for next year promising to come back.


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