Down memory lane

We will have to concentrate on curling news very soon, so, as the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness –  and curling – looms, here is one more late summer look backwards.

Three more photographs from the ICA archives, all taken in March 2002 at the annual Stranraer weekend.

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Welsh Dragon Club

WelshLogoOur Welsh Curling friends are now actively fundraising for their new ice rink.

A big initiative is the formation of a Welsh Dragon Club.  This gives you the opportunity to win up to £500 twice a year – it could cover your ice fees for the season!

Please consider supporting them.

Welsh Dragon Club

  • Open to members and friends of Welsh Curling
  • Cost is £5 a month, payable by standing order, or £60 cheque/cash for each year
  • 50% of money collected will be returned in prizes, and 50% spent on development of curling within Wales
  • The Welsh Dragon Club runs from 1st Sept to 31st Aug each year, with draws in April and September
  • The money raised will initially be for the development of the dedicated curling rink in Deeside and thereafter will be for the development of curling within the rink.  All ideas for how the money could be spent will be welcome and encouraged and the final decision will be by the WCA committee.

Application forms will be available to download from the Welsh Curling website and will also be available during curling on Monday evenings at Deeside.


ECC Ticket Pre-Sale

RCCC Ticket Pre-Sale Starts 10am
Le Gruyère European Curling Championships


19-26 November 2016 – intu Braehead Arena

Be part of the crowd and make some noise as Scotland welcomes over 25 nations to one of the biggest sporting events in Scotland this year!

Grab your tickets for the 2016 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships before they go on general sale this Friday.

The RCCC pre-sale starts today (Monday 5th September) at 10am. Click below to buy your tickets online from Ticketmaster.


Get your Euro tickets now!

Tickets for every session of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships go on sale Friday 9th September but The Royal Caledonian Curling Club are giving you the chance to get yours before they are available to the public.

They are holding a ticket pre-sale from Monday 5th September at 10am when they will  email the ICA  with a link to purchase your priority tickets online. Pre-sale will continue until Friday 9th September at 10am when the general sale will start.

A RCCC spokesperson said: “With tickets starting from just £10 per session, don’t miss the chance to see Europe’s curling elite take to the ice at intu Braehead Arena for a week of top flight sporting action. To help you plan your Euro curling experience, visit the official event website for the latest info including playing schedules.

“If you are planning to attend several sessions of the championships you might be interested in a Tournament Pass giving you access to every game, including the finals!” Tournament Passes are already on sale and can be bought direct fromTicketmaster

Exciting news about Liffey Valley

Our dream of having an ice rink home in Ireland got a massive boost last week when planning permission was granted for the expansion at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre – which will include an ice arena.

South Dublin County Council green-lighted plans for additional retail space and an ice rink, but took issue with the construction of a multi-storey car park and denied permission to build the 1,800-space facility.

The expansion at Liffey Valley will feature an additional 7,000 sq m of retail space, 3,774 sq m of restaurant space, a refurbished 14-screen cinema and an Olympic-sized indoor ice arena that can hold 2,500 spectators for skating competitions, ice hockey matches and other entertainment events.

The new development, dubbed the Western End, is due to be completed by the end of this year.

An artist's impression of the proposed ice arena.

An artist’s impression of the proposed ice arena.

Vibrant Partnerships, which manages the London 2012 Olympic Games venues, is acting as consultants on the layout of the ice rink, while US architects RTKL has been chosen to design the expanded centre.

Show your support for Irish Olympians

Olympic pinThe Rio Olympics are just over a week a way and the ICA have been given ‘Team Ireland Rio 2016’ pins by the Olympic Council of Ireland to wear during the Games.  If If you would like to show your solidarity with the Irish athletes, just email me at:

louise.kerr@gallowaygazette .com with your postal address and I’ll send a pin out to you.

Some of the Irish Olympians at the recent kit launch in Dublin

Some of the Irish Olympians at the recent kit launch in Dublin

Come on Ireland!

‘Hurr-eey’ for Hollywood…….

Eoin and Clare report from their recent trip to visit Katie in Hollywood, USA…..

“We have just spent two days in LA curling with Katie Kerr and her club Hollywood Ice in their Summer Blockbuster bonspiel.

Eoin skipped the Bond Girls to the semi final while Clare joined Team IreLAnd(sic) who won two of their three matches. As well as club curlers there were celebrity skips and showbiz personalities. The whole weekend was amazingly well organised and we were made very welcome as Irish curlers. Our team mates and opponents are now the proud owners of ICA badges. Highlights of the curling were Eoin’s debut as a skip in a pink sparkly jacket, and Katie’s demonstration of new found skill with the curling pole-having recently had knee surgery.   We found some time for off ice fun too. Disneyland film studios, and the beach –and to top it all the 4th July Hollywood Bowl concert. Thanks, Katie and everyone at Hollywood Ice.”

Nice pic in the slideshow of our Clare McCormick with USA 2003 world champion skip Debbie McCormick…

Caption competition

Image-2The Presidente took part in the annual Wigtown Riding of the Marches last Saturday and we thought it would be a bit of fun to have a caption competition for this photo of herself and Lucy during the day.



louise appacheJohnjo has send it the first entry – and it’s a cracker.

First prize is a ton of that great stuff you can grow rhubarb in.



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