Granagh-Ballingarry Gun Club
Shane Mulqueen 087–6795320.
DUCK: 1st Sept - 31st Jan.
SNIPE: 1st Sept - 31st Jan.
GROUSE: 1st Sept - 30th Sept.
PHEASEANT: 1st Nov - 31st Jan.
WOODCOCK: 1st Nov - 31st Jan.
DEER: 1st Nov - 28th Feb.
PIGEON: 1st Nov 31st Jan
The following photos etc were given in by Moss Kirwan ( Rambo)
Story By Keith Watterson, Limerick Leader, Aug 2003
West Limerick sharpshooters have helped to give their native county a shot in the arm after assisting in securing Limerick’s latest All Ireland title.
County Limerick’s clay pigeon shooting panel have returned home from the Inter County Championships with their first ever outright All Ireland win.
The team composed of a dozen shooters from gun clubs in Rathkeale, Castletown and Manister, who won with a commendable ten-bird margin over runners-up Wexford.
For an area that has produced some of the country’s most excellent target shooters, the triumph for the team, co-ordinated by James O’Connell from Manister, is richly deserved.
It more than makes up for the disappointments felt in 2001, when they came second and in 2002 when they shared the top spot with Tipperary South.
The team is made up of ten shooters from Rathkeale Clay Shooting Club - (captain) Michael Shiels, Edward Daly, Brian O’Sullivan, Michael Ryan, Edward Shiels, Edward John Daly and Mike Madden. Three from Castletown Club – Tom O’Donnelll, Moss Kirwan and Tom Tracey. Two from Manister club – Jethro Shire and Eddie O’Donnell.
Their appearance in the All Ireland finals is the result of months of qualification for the panel and then intensive practice at the Rathkeale club’s Rosemount Shooting Grounds and also at Ray Samson’s shooting grounds in Bruree.
Rathkeale is the county’s dominant town in clay target shooting terms. Brian O’Sullivan on the triumphant county team, is the son of Billy O’Sullivan, who has represented Ireland in international events for the last 19yrs.
Adding to Limerick’s eagle-eyed reputation at the All Ireland event was the full Manister Gun Club team, which finished the club team event in fourth place.
County team captain Mike Shiels said he was delighted with the victorious result. “ It was a great team effort by a panel that was made up of members from several clubs - there was great unity and it paid off. “
National Association of Regional Game Councils
Each Club is affiliated to the NARGC. The National Association of Regional Game Councils is the largest voluntary organisation in Ireland involved in game shooting and conservation.
The Association has 28,000 members in 926 clubs spread throughout the country – one club in almost every parish.
It has enjoyed an increasing membership year on year for the past ten years with an average increase of 500 per annum. It is also a Seanad Nominating Body.
Association co-ordinates the activities of its members and clubs through a regional structure comprising 28 regions. NARCC also represents the interests of all its members at not only a national level but also at international level. NARGC receives no grant aid from the State and is funded entirely by subscription from its members.
Currently the Association’s members contribute some €22 million to the Irish economy annually. In addition, NARGC members spend almost €1 million per annum at club level on non-shooting conservation projects. The Association also provides a fund-raising scheme for conservation through the Irish Habitat Trust, which it established in 1997.
Shooting is an important activity in Ireland for both urban/city and country dwellers. It is a sport which has deep social community relevance for those who participate. The friendships and social interaction between members of the shooting community goes far beyond the day spent shooting together. In many parishes in rural Ireland, the game/gun club is at the centre of all that happens in the locality.
In many areas, the rule is that if you want something done for the community, you talk to the local gun club members. Shooting also instills in those who participate, a lasting love of the countryside and the outdoor life. This relationship between the shooter and the countryside engenders a real concern for conservation issues and a clean environment. Shooting people have a vested interest in investing in conservation and ensuring that the game species which they hunt are cared for and that their populations are not threatened.
This means that shooting people spend more on non-hunting conservation work than any other environmental groupand all of this money comes from their own pockets. It is because of the activities of shooting people, together with farmers and anglers, that the landscape which we enjoy today in Ireland exists at all.