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The CAI win the Vera McWeeney Trophy,

The CAI win the Vera McWeeney Trophy, beating the CA 14-10.

Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis club played host to the annual contest between the Croquet Association and the Croquet Association of Ireland for the McWeeney Trophy on August 20-21st. The CA team travelled across the Irish Sea looking forward to trying to win back the trophy in weather conditions that varied between howling gale and pleasant sunshine. 

Read Danny's full report here.     Photo of Prizegiving

Irish Open Golf Championships

The Championship Singles and Handicap Doubles will be held at Carrickmines C. & L.T.C., Dublin 18  on 10th/11th September 2016

According to entries received, there may be some matches on Friday evening, 9th September.
Entry Fee: Euro 20 (u18 & full-time students Euro 10)
Entries to secretary@croquetireland
Manager: Simon Williams
Committee: Richard Assaf, Danny Johnston.

Ireland Team to face GB in Maugham Salver

The following team has been selected to represent Ireland vs Great Britain for the Maugham Salver in Carrickmines on the weekend of the 3 and 4th of September:

Danny Johnston (C)
Simon Williams
Patsy Fitzgerald
Ian Vincent 
Evan Newell
Nathaniel Healy
Supporters are welcome to attend and enjoy seeing some top class association croquet!

Historical Costumers Play at Strokestown

During the Family Fete at Strokestown Park on Sunday, 7 August, 2016, the Strokestown Croquet Club was delighted to host a game of Golf Croquet by the jauntily dressed group called the Irish Historical Costumers.
Croquet club members participating in the Fete also introduced children and adults to the game using both regulation and backyard equipment.  Click here to view report with photographs

Irish Championships Results

The results of the Championships of Ireland are as follows:

Singles Championship of Ireland
Winner:       Simon Williams
Runner Up: Patsy Fitzgerald

Doubles Championships
Winner:          Simon Williams & Jack Clingan
Runners Up:  Danny Johnston & Fiachre Carroll

Handicap Singles
Winner:       Tony Carey
Runner Up: Nathaniel Healy

Irish Team for McWeeney Trophy 2016

The following have been selected to play for CAI against the CA at Carrickmines on 20/21 August next:-

  • Danny Johnston (C)
  • Evan Newell
  • Sandy Greig
  • Gerard Osborne Burke
  • Daniel Bennett
  • Alan Looney.
  • Sub:- Fiacra Carroll

Evan Newell wins the SLOC!!!

There were emotional scenes on the lawns of Newcastle as Evan Newell, on long odds, won the South Leinster Open Championship, tied on 5 wins with Danny Johnston but with superior hoop points (65 to 63!).

Appleton Trophy Report

This year's match between CAI and SCA for the Appleton Trophy (easily the  most handsome trophy on the croquet circuit) was played at the Meadows CC in Edinburgh last weekend. Ireland was the holder but was quickly under pressure as the Scots won all three doubles games on Saturday morning and kept up the pressure during the afternoon, so that at the end of play SCA had a 13 -5 lead. The only  Irish player with something to celebrate was Jane Morrison, who beat her husband, Campbell, in their singles game.

How the Irish invented..

We have been given a little history piece written by Dr. Christine Kinealy. She is a professor at Quinnipiac University in New York. Her field of study is the Irish Famine. She was so taken by our costumed games during the Irish Famine Summer School that she researched the history of croquet. The article is complimentary to the History item by Clive Martin & Simon Williams under the History Tab. Two pictures of her time in Strokestown are included. Christine is in the beige outfit, trying her strike. Read it here.