The IPA Council has reconsidered the arrangements for the 2023 Celtic Challenge qualifying event.
The date of the Qualifier remains the same i.e. Saturday 10th September 2022.
What has changed is the date for entries, which has been brought forward to 1200 on August 9th 2022.
The reason for the change of entry date is to ascertain from those entered the most favourable venue at which to play the Qualifier. The 2023 Celtic Challenge is being held at the North Down club in Bangor.
Team captains MUST state their willingness to play the Qualifier in North Down, Bush Park or Frankfield or state No Preference [if that is the case].
Once entries are received in August the Council will decide the venue for the Qualifier and we hope that all teams will be able to travel to play at the chosen venue. At their discretion, the IPA Council may allow ‘late’ entries, up to the original entry date of 3rd September 2022 on the understanding that late entries will have no say in the choice of venue.
Triples that have already expressed an interest in playing in the qualifier are required to confirm their entry AND specify their preference for the venue as per above.
These changes have been made in the hope of getting as many teams as possible to enter so we can select the best 8 triples to represent Ireland next year.
Wishing you all an enjoyable summer – wherever you may be spending it.
IPA Mixed Doubles 21st May in Bushy Park Dublin – entries to be with the Hon Sec by 1200 on 14th May
IPA Doubles 13th August in Bushy Park Dublin – entries to be with the Hon Sec by 1200 on 23rd July
2023 Celtic Challenge qualifier 10th September in Bushy Park Dublin – entries to be with the Hon Sec by 1200 on 3rd September. Ireland will be hosting the 2023 event so we need 8 triples to play in the Celtic Challenge so we would encourage as many teams as possible to enter the qualifier in September.
All entries as usual to firstname.lastname@example.org by the date/time specified above.
The much delayed 2020 Celtic Challenge finally took place in Glasgow on the May Day bank holiday weekend.
Saturdays play was saw the teams battling rain and wind but, as our photo of the Ireland team shows, the sun did come out for some of the time.
The Ireland team, a mixture of experienced and novice internationals, had a poor start on the Saturday but rallied on the Sunday gaining 15 of their total of 24 wins on the day. A better start might have seen them overhaul the hosts who just pipped Ireland to second place with 25 wins in total.
Wales however were the dominant team of the weekend winning a total of 33 of the games they played = congratulations to the men and women of Cymru who put an end to Scotland’s run of success in the competition.
Lets hope for a better result for Ireland when the competition returns to the Emerald Isle in 2023
Entries are now closed for the IPA Triples event in April but you still have time to enter the following events:-
IPA Mixed Doubles on 21st May – Closing date for entries is 14th May 2022
IPA Doubles on 13th August – Closing date for entries is 23rd July 2022
Celtic Challenge 2023 qualifier on 10th September – closing date for entries is 3rd September 2022. As Ireland are hosting to 2023 event we need 8 triples to represent the IPA so its an opportunity for those of you who haven’t played for Ireland before to have a go and see if you can pull on the green shirt on home soil.
PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED COMPETITION CALENDAR OF THE IPA BELOW
IRISH PÉTANQUE ASSOCIATION
REVISED CALENDAR FOR 2022
APPLICATION TO HON.SEC. by 1200 on
Friday 29th to Sunday 1st
IPA Mixed Doubles
Downpatrick Summer Doubles*
Downpatrick Changing Partners*
Saturday 27th Sunday 28th
Frankfield P.C. Cork
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
2019 Celtic Challenge Qualifier ( Triples )
@ SEE REVISIONS BELOW.
ENTRIES FOR THE ABOVE IPA EVENTS SHOULD BE WITH email@example.com BY THE LATEST 1200 ON THE DATE SPECIFIED ABOVE. IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO RESTRICT ENTRIES TO EVENTS DEPENDING ON COVID REGULATIONS IN FORCE AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.
Singles entries in to Hon Sec by 5th March
Qualifiers, if necessary, 12th March -19th March date and venue as suits entrants and organisers
Qualifying results sent to Hon Sec by end of 19th March
Final 26th March NEW DATE, Bushy Park Dublin
Triples entries to Hon Sec by 26th March
Qualifiers, if necessary, 9th April -16th April date and venue as suits entrants and organisers
Qualifying results sent to Hon Sec by end of 16th April
Final (Triples) 23rd April (no change) Bushy Park Dublin
Mixed Doubles entries to Hon Sec by 14th May
Final (mixed Doubles) 21st May Bushy Park Dublin
There is no change in the timetable for this event.
Doubles entries to Hon Sec by 23rd July
Qualifiers, if necessary, 30th July – 6th August date and venue as suits entrants and organisers
Qualifying results sent to Hon Sec by end of 6th August
Final (Doubles) 13th August (no change) Bushy Park Dublin
ENTRIES FOR THE DOWNPATRICK AND FRANKFIELD EVENTS SHOULD BE MADE TO :-
* THIS IS NOT AN IPA EVENT – ENTRIES SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY TO
As well as the established clubs in Ormeau, Belfast; North Down, Bangor; Frankfield, Cork and Bushy Park Dublin, details of three new clubs are given below. They can be contacted via the details given and in addition some of the clubs have a Facebook page and/or a Website.
Martello Boules Club, People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire. Play every Saturday Morning at 11.00 In good weather we also play mid week morning or afternoon when it suits membership. Newcomers always welcome to drop by. No membership fee. Insurance 10e per annum. Extra collected if and when required. Contact Drusilla Wynne 0872390985
County Cavan Pétanqueis based at
Belturbet Community Bowling Club Station Road Belturbet H14E276
We are an existing short mat bowls club who have been in existence since 2005. We are based in Belturbet, a border town, and have established our own new boulodrome which consists of 3 competition standard pistes. The piste is in the station grounds. Pictured below.
All are welcome. There is no fee to visit and play. If anyone wants to join the County Cavan Pétanque club it’s €20 membership that also gives you membership to the Short matt bows club as well.