Park Pétanque Club do it again!

For the third year in a row the doubles from Park Pétanque Club more than held their own against teams from the Ormeau and Frankfield clubs.
On a blustery but thankfully dry day in Ormeau Park the doubles of Jack Di Pizzo & Vincent Belingard and Terry Greene & Gregory Novaresio were just too strong for the Ormeau and Frankfield doubles. Both Park doubles won all 6 matches and in the ‘battle’ for top team it was the pair of Jack and Vincent who had a narrow 2 point advantage over Terry and Gregory.
Our thanks go to the Ormeau club for their organisation and hosting of the event- the hot food was particularly welcome during the lunch break – a thanks especially to Donna Sprat


European Championships, Bulgaria, September 2019

The European Mens and Veterans [over 55] championships will be held in Bulgaria 16-18 September for the Veterans Triples and 19-22 for the Mens Triples plus Precision shooting.
Any IPA Member interested in representing Ireland at either of these championships should let the Hon Sec know by 30th May 2019.
Should there be more than 3 players interested it may be necessary for the IPA Council to organise some form of qualifying event.
NB CEP/FIPJP rules do not allow non nationals to represent another country so it would appear that this event will only be open to IPA members who are holders of UK and/or Irish passports”

Further information can be found via the link below

Scotland retain Celtic Challenge

Despite a gallant effort from Wales and Ireland Scotland were just too strong [again!] when it came to the recent Celtic Challenge held in Wales.
Utilising some of their players who had just returned from playing in a European competition to great effect they ran out comfortable winners in the end.

Congratulations to the Scots and commiserations to the Welsh and Irish players who put up a gallant, but in the end fruitless, effort to wrestle the trophy from our Caledonian cousins. Better luck next year.

2019 IPA National Triples Competition

10 triples were involved in this years IPA event in a sunny Bushy Park in Dublin on April 20th. After some excellent play by all teams the triple of Dawid Zydorek, Rory O’Neill and Stephen Hickey emerged as the winners.
Congratulations to all who took part and thanks to Owen Kelleher and the Park Petanque Club for hosting the event.

Frankfield Cork Annual Boules Blitz

The Boules Blitz 2019

This year’s Frankfield Boules Blitz will be held over the weekend of 24th & 25th August 2019 and as usual, is open to all players of Pétanque in Ireland, North & South, and UK.

Day One is a qualifier competition, the results determining which competition each double will be in on Day Two, the aim being to have all teams in a competition at their own standard on Day Two.

Depending on entry numbers for the event, Day Two will have up to four competitions. And we look forward to welcoming up to 24 teams to the Blitz.

Prizes for the weekend will be very attractive, with €300 and the Perpetual Shield for the winning double in the premier competition of Day Two, The Elevare Gold Shield, and as always, great prizes down the line.

In the second competition on Day Two, The Open Doubles Cup, the winning double will receive the Perpetual Cup and great prizes from 1st down the line.

And we’re very pleased that The International Hotel Prize has been confirmed again for 2019.

The Format:
1. Teams come to Frankfield as doubles and compete on Day One in a round robin qualifier, which will determine which competition they are in on Day Two. Day one will be selected on a pooled draw to encourage cross club/region play on this day only.
Day Two will also be a round robin for each of the up to four competitions and will culminate in play-offs for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the top competitions.

Final details will be published at the start of Day One, along with score sheets etc. As always, on each day, each double will select a sealed envelope, which will contain their draw for the day.

2. Entry fee is €30 per double.
Please let us have your entry by e-mail or phone to the Secretary, not later than 1 August 2019. However, early entry is welcomed.
We would prefer entrants to make online payments for entry fee (dinner also, if you’ll be joining us for it). We’ll provide payment details as teams are entered. This will greatly speed up registration on Day One.

3. Registration time on Saturday, Day One, is 9.00am sharp, with play commencing at 9.30am.
Please circulate your club and regional members about ‘The Frankfield Boules Blitz 2019’.

There are many hotels, B+B’s and indeed Airbnb’s in the vicinity of Frankfield Pétanque.

For ‘Boules Blitz’ participants, the 4* Cork International Hotel has a special rate of €67.50 p/p, p/n sharing, B+B. The nearby Cork Airport Hotel is also available. Both hotels are in Cork Airport precinct and are less than ten minutes from Frankfield Pétanque, and, they are offering a daily complimentary limousine shuttle service to and from the pistes for participants staying in either of these hotels.

If you wish to stay in either of these hotels, please contact Sarah at 00353-21-454-9800 or the Reservations Team at Make sure you register as participants in the Boules Blitz, and do book early, as both are very popular, particularly for the Summer season.

On the Saturday night, we have our Blitz dinner in the International Hotel @ €30.00 p/p (excl. gratuity) which is open to all competitors, friends and spouses. This really is a great night of fine cuisine and entertainment with music and voice.

Cathal O’Boyle
Tel. 00353-86-8562691

Maureen Beck

It is with great regret and profound sadness that I have to pass on the news that our friend, partner and opponent Maureen Beck passed away on April 14th, peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. Maureen has succumbed to an illness which was only recently diagnosed. Maureen lit up the dreariest of Pétanque competitions with her unmistakable smile and was the life and soul of Irish Pétanque for many years. Our thoughts are with Davy Deborah, Louise and Suzanne and the wider Beck and Waddell families.
Denis Nightingale Hon Sec Irish Pétanque Association