John Solomon dies aged 82

It is with regret that we learned of the death of John Solomon, one of the greatest croquet players ever.

The obituary in The Telegraph will explain his significance to the game of croquet
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11201931/John-Solomon-obituar...

The communication from the World Croquet Federation reads as follows:

Dear All,

It is with great regret that I have to inform you that John Solomon, one of croquet’s all-time greats, died last week at the age of 82.

Carrickmines Open Croquet 25/26 October

Carrickmines Croquet and Tennis Club are running a weekend croquet
open on the Bank Holiday Week-End the 25th and 26th October 2014.

CAI AGM on 29th Sept.

The 29th A.G.M. will be held at Carrickmines C.&L.T.C. at 7p.m. on Monday, 29th of September. Written notice has already been circulated. Should anyone have been omitted from the mailing, please tell us at secretary@croquetireland.com, and we will send you your copy of the agenda and financial report.

Irish Golf Croquet Championship Result

Simon Williams (Carrickmines) won the 2014 Golf Croquet Championship, played at Carrickmines, with the disappointingly low entry of 10 (with room for 32). Of the strongest players, Jack Clingan, Robert Barklie and former champions Fred Rogerson and Ronan Rogerson were missing. Those who attended enjoyed many competitive games in the bright sunshine.

Golf Croquet Championship of Ireland C'mines, 13/14th Sept

Golf Croquet Championship of Ireland will be held at Carrickmines on 13/14th September.

Manager & Secretary: Simon Williams: Entries and handicap enquiries to daikoku@eircom.net

3 Events. Play from 9.00am Saturday. Click item for more details....

Strokestown Croquet Club 2014

How special it is to be playing in a Walled Garden of a Big House where croquet was the
pastime of the owners more than a century ago. The Strokestown Croquet Club was formed in the spring of 2012 with about 6 members. A local teacher proposed the idea after talking with Irish Croquet Association members. The Association kindly assisted with the free loan of a game kit. Strokestown Park management supported the idea with enthusiasm, feeling that it fitted their vision of supporting community efforts, as they do in many other areas of local endeavor. The Walled Garden was most generously made available for the club to set up a pitch.
For full write -up and photographs click http://croquetireland.com/cai/docs/StrokestownCroquetWriteup.pdf

2014 Open Championship photographs

An album of photos taken by Robert and Padraig at the 2014 Irish Open Championships has been added to the right hand sidebar. For further photographs of the event contact Robert (contact at bottom of photo index pages) or Padraig.

The Open Singles Championship was won by Danny Johnston with Andrew Johnston as runner up. Andrew and his partner David Bent won the Doubles Championship and Andrew also won the Handicap Championship event.

Irish team for World GC Championships

The CAI selectors wish to announce the selection of players for the 2015 World Golf Croquet Championship in New Zealand.

Selected places:
1. Patsy Fitzgerald
2. Ed Cunningham

Reserves:
3. Simon Williams
4. Jack Clingan

Evan Newell has been given an automatic ranking place by the WCF.

Those selected need to confirm they are taking their place by August 31 - 2014

Irish team for GB Test Match

The CAI selectors wish to announce the team and reserves for the upcoming test match against Great Britain.

1. Danny Johnston
2. Andrew Johnston (captain)
3. Simon Williams
4. Patsy Fitzgerald
5. Evan Newell
6. Jack Clingan

Reserves:
Nathaniel Healy
Ronan Rogerson
Gerard Healy

The match takes place at Carrickmines on August 30/31.

Roses of Tralee at Strokestown

On 12 August, Strokestown Park hosted the Tralee Roses during their five-day tour before the selection of the winner. As part of their day the Strokestown Croquet Club invited the Roses to hit a few balls in the Walled Garden. They were enthusiastic players, even in high heels! In the photo below the Roses from left to right are from Cork, Scotland, Dubai, Dublin and Perth.

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