Celtic Challenge 2017

Ireland put up a tremendous performance to finish runner-up to a very strong Scotland A team in Melrose last weekend. The effort put in gives us great heart for when we welcome Scotland and Wales to Ireland for the 2018 event.


IPA Triples

Congratulations to the 2017 Triples Winners – pictured below – Vincent, Gregory and Vincent kept the trophy at Park Petanque Club for another year at least.

Well done too to all the other teams taking part and PPC for their organisation on the day.

2017 triples winners

2017 IPA Singles

The 2017 Singles competition was held at a damp and windy Bushy Park on 18th March.

Players from Cork and Belfast joined the Dublin players for a good days sport despite the conditions. The two groups for the round robin stage saw all three Bretèches in the one group so it really was a family affair in that group with young Sylver coming out on top with 5 wins. In the other group there was also a clear winner when Stéphane Voinot, playing in his first  IPA singles event, ran out a clear winner. [Stéphane has also been drafted into the Celtic Challenge team in place of Vincent  Belingard who has had to drop out for work reasons.

The final was a closely fought affair in the early ends but Sylver managed to dominate the latter stages and ran out winner by 13 points to 6. congratulations to both players on their performance.

Our thanks once again go to Owen Kelleher and the Park Petanque Club for hosting the event.


Our photo shows Stéphane [left] and Sylver [right] being presented with their trophies by Owen – IPA Treasurer.

NB 18th March was also notable as the day the wheels came off the English Rugby chariot at the Aviva stadium. Well done to the 23 lads in green!


IPA competitions 2017

The draft calendar of IPA events was agreed at the AGM and is available below.

Please note that there is a proposal [subject to agreement by the clubs] that the inter-club tournament for 2017 become a triples rather than a doubles event.

All entrants to IPA competitions must be members of the IPA but can join on the day of a competition.

Please note that there will be NO extension of entry dates for competitions under any circumstance.



Rules of Pétanque 2017

FIPJP has updated the official rules of Pétanque with effect from January 2017. It is important that all players are aware of the [changes to the] rules. All players are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the new rules to avoid disputes on the piste. Your attention is drawn [among others] to Article 7 – players feet when throwing; Article 17 Players behaviour and Article 21 – time to play; which have caused some debate in the past. As one who knows – bad habits can be hard to break – so please try and keep to the rules but above all  ENJOY! See here for the current rules of the game. official-rules-for-the-sport-of-petanque-2017

IPA AGM 2017

The draft minutes of the AGM will be available soon but just to let you know the Council members elected on 11th February were;


President: Jim Ryan
Hon.Sec: D Nightingale
Hon.Treas. Owen Kelleher


George Davidson
Cahal O’Boyle
  Norman Flanagan
  Letitia Hyver
  Barra O hEireamhóin
  Martin Kerr

Irish team for 2017 Celtic Challenge

The four Irish triples for the annual match between Ireland, Scotland and Wales to be held in Melrose, Scotland in 2017 have been finalised. The players come from all 4 established clubs representing Cork, Dublin, Belfast and North Down and are as follows:

Jack Di Pizzo, Alain Robert, Vincent Belingard

Jim Di Fusco,  Pádraic Di Fusco and Rene Di Fusco.

Greg Toner – Barra Ó hEireamhóin – Michael Greene

Humberto Tavares, John O’Grady and Ciaran McFerran

We wish the team all the best for the competition and hope to improve on our performances in the recent past.