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National 50m Prone Championships 2015

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The National 50m Prone Championships were held on 13th September 2015 at the Fingal Sporting Club. Many thanks to our hosts who provided us with excellent range facilities and a constant supply of tea, coffee, biscuits and plums!

Full results can be found here. Our National Prone Champion for 2015 is Ray Reilly, with the Defence Forces Terry Wearen in silver medal position and David Franklin taking bronze.


Some photographs of the medal winners below:



David Cullen R.I.P.

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It is with deep regret that the NTSA has learned of the passing of Dave Cullen on Saturday 15th August. Dave was Chairman of Rathdrum Rifle & Pistol Club, the venue for our Indoor Nationals. Dave served in the NTSA over the years and worked hard to develop our sport. Our sympathies to his wife Eileen, his daughter Anne-Marie and sons Seamus and Pat and their families. May you Rest In Peace, Dave. Obituary on Rathdrum RPC website

Meeting with Minister for Justice and Equality.

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As a follow up to our attendance at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality and the publication of its interim report, the NTSA were invited to send two representatives to a meeting with the Minster for Justice on 29th April at 10am. The Minister chaired the meeting and opened by asking each representative present to introduce themselves and give a brief synopsis of what they required from any legislative change and what they wanted to see as an outcome of the review. We would leave it to others to outline their own priorities but the NTSA’s position was to have consistency in the application of the Firearms Acts and stability for the future. These are aims that we have outlined during the public hearings and in our written submissions.


August Newsletter

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Welcome to the first newsletter of what will be a monthly update on Irish Olympic target shooting.  We will keep you informed about domestic competition results as well as the achievements of our international athletes and other activities conducted by the NTSA. This first issue will bring you up to date on what has been happening over the past few months. Of particular note is Seán Baldwin's success in claiming a quota place for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. Additionally, Ireland was well represented at the European Shooting Championships and there has been a host of matches at home, particularly in 50m prone rifle.

- Sean Baldwin competes at the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup, Osijek, Croatia

- DURC 50M open (Founders' league round 1)

- DURC Founders' league round 2

- UCD June Air Open and Summer Air Open

- ECSC 50m Open

- 2015 European Shooting Championships

- UCD August Air Open

- DURC Founders' League round 3

- Upcoming competitions

Seán Baldwin competes at the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup Osijek, Croatia
Congratulations to Seán Baldwin who had a number of excellent results at the International Paralympic Committee World Cup in Osijek. In the 3 position competition Seán shot a score of 1133, which was a personal best and earned him a place in the final. He went on to finish in 7th place. This achievement earned a quota place for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.
In the mixed air rifle prone competition, Seán shot a 624.8, another personal best.  In the 50m prone event, Seán shot yet another personal best of 614.8 in the qualification round and 606.5 in the elimination round. In the 10m air rifle event, Seán finishing on a score of 601.1.
Congratulations to Seán on all of his successes! Full results of the IPC world cup can be found here..
DURC 50M open
Dublin University Rifle Club held their 50m open at Fingal Sporting Club on Sunday 7th June. This was the first such competition held on this range which offers impressive facilities for future events. The competition was shot on electronic targets provided by the Defence Forces Shooting Team. There was a high level of participation in the event  with 20 competitors taking part.
Stephen Murphy (DURC) won the competition with an impressive score of 589. In second place was Conor McDermottroe (DURC) with a score of 584 and Michael Cullinan (DURC) came third on 581.
This was the first competition in the DURC Founders' league 2015, which is composed of four 50m matches run throughout the summer.
DURC Founders' league round 2
The second round of the Dublin University Rifle Club Founders' league took place at East Coast Shooting Club at Roundwood, Co. Wicklow on the 21 June. A field of 13 shooters took part in the 50m prone competition shot on 6 bull targets.
Ciara Deevy (DURC) claimed victory with a score of 583, beating Conor McDermottroe (DURC) on count back. Sean Baldwin (DFST) came third on a score of 581.
UCD June air Open and Summer Air open
University College Dublin Rifle Club held their June 10m airgun open on 28 June and the summer air open on the 5th of July. As has often been the case, participation in the summer competitions is much reduced from that seen earlier in the year. This is mainly due to  a reduction in the numbers of college level shooters who can participate. The top three places were identical in both competitions with Stephen Murphy (DURC) taking first, Sean Baldwin (DFST) in second and John Lancaster (UCDRC) in third.
ECSC 50m Open
East Coast shooting club hosted their 50m open on the 11 July. A field of 11 shooters took part in the competition shot on paper targets. The competition was won by Conor McDermottroe (DURC) on a score of 589. Stephen Murphy (DURC) took the silver medal on 583 and Siobhan Scarlett (DURC) was third on 578.
Four Irish athletes compete at the 2015 European Shooting Championships
The 2015 European Shooting Championships took place in Maribor, Slovenia from the 18 July - 1 August. Ciara Deevy, Conor McDermottroe, Siobhan Scarlett and Stephen Murphy (all DURC) took part in the 50m prone competitions representing Ireland. They were accompanied by team manager David Franklin.
In the men's  event Conor McDermottroe  and Stephen Murphy both shot scores of 604.1 in the elimination round which was unfortunately not enough to progress to the qualification round.  In the womens' competition Ciara Deevy finished on 597.5 and Siobhan Scarlett shot 585.0. Though these results are somewhat lower than those which the athletes regularly shoot, this young team will certainly benefit from the experience of competing at such a prestigious competition.
Complete results can be found here.
UCD August Air Open
UCD rifle club hosted their August airgun open on Saturday 8th August. The competition attracted several relatively new shooters in class D, as well as more experienced athletes. The rifle competition was won by John Lancaster (UCD) on a score of 562 with Raj Narayan Yeluri (UCD) and Gerard O'Neill (UCD) coming second and third on scores of 521 and 520 respectively. The air pistol competition was won by Tomas Jakubauskas (WTSC) on a score of 548.
DURC Founders' League round 3
The third competition in the DURC founders' league took place on the 9th of August at Dublin Rifle Club. Good conditions saw some impressive results on a range which has a reputation for being challenging. Conor McDermottroe (DURC) won the competition on a score of 587, beating Stephen Murphy (DURC) on count back. Third place was taken by Sean Baldwin (DFST). The final completion in the league will take place at East Coast Shooting Club on the 30th August.

Upcoming Competitions
The following competitions will take place over the coming weeks:
  • KG Walsh Memorial Open (50m prone) venue Dublin Rifle Club  Date 16 August
  • RRPC Autumn 25 yard open venue: Rathdrum Rifle and Pistol Club Date 3P  22August, Prone 23 August
  • DURC Founders' League round 4 (50m prone) venue: East Coast Shooting Club Date 30 August
  • Leinster 50m Open (50m prone) venue: Dublin Rifle Club Date: 6 September
  • National 50m Championships (50m rifle) venue: TBC, Date: 3P 12 September, prone 13 September
A full list of upcoming competitions is available on our calendar. If your club is organising a competition you would like added, please contact the rifle coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or the airgun coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
That's it for this month. Complete results for each of the domestic competitions mentioned above are provided here. Up to date classification lists for smallbore rifle and airgun disciplines can be found here.  Greater participation at all competitions is always welcome so please do consider attending some of the competitions above.

Seán Baldwin qualifies for Rio!

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Seán Baldwin is currently competing at the IPC World Cup in Osijek, Croatia. After scoring a PB of 1133 in the three position 50m event (with 33x's), Sean qualified in 8th place for the final of the R7 competition and finished in 7th place and in doing so, earned a quota place for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Many congratulations to Seán on his second Olympic qualification!

Another PB for Seán of 624.8 in the mixed air rifle prone on Sunday and today, Monday he scored another PB of 614.8 in the elimination round for 50m prone rifle to go through to the qualification round tomorrow. An excellent performance from our Olympian! Some photos of Seán in action at Osijek below:


Sean in OsijekSean in Osijek

Sean in Osijek

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