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.

2016 IPA Doubles

The 2016 IPA Doubles were held on 16th September in Bushy Park Dublin, Kindly facilitated by Park Petanque Club. The weather was fine and a good day’s sport was had by all teams

The 12 doubles entered were drawn into two groups and a round robin format meane each team played fve games. At the end of the round robin the top two teams in each group  progressed to the semi finals which saw Gregory Novaresio & Vincent Beritault take on  Conor and Tim from Park Petanque Club while Franck & Sylver Breteche  faced  Humberto Tavares & Jack di Pizzo.

Franck and Sylver played Gregory and Vincent in a very tough final but the Breteches were victorious in the end – congratulations to them and all who participated.


The winners of the 2016 IPA Doubles

Inter Club Doubles 2016

The recent competition was held in Bushy Pary Dublin on 21st May with teams from North Down, Park and Frankfield Petanque clubs taking part.

This was the first major competition held on the refurbished piste and the victorious club was North Down.

Congratulations to their team of Franck and Sylver Breteche and George Davidson and Paul Trainor.

Celtic Challenge 2016

Scotland once again proved too strong for the Wales and Ireland teams in the annual Celtic Challenge. With 30 wins to Scotland they were 2 wins ahead of Wales A ahile Ireland finished a disappointing 4th with 16 wins [the official result only shows 15 wins for Ireland but the Breteche/Beck triple won 6 and not 5 games as reported].

Despite the result the Irish team enjoyed a weeked of sport and camraderie – even if the hotel left a lot to be desired – [like wardrobes, hot water and a cooked breakfast on the final morning!]

the CC 2016 is over – time to plan for Scotland in 2017.