Curling at the Olympics; Curling in Ireland

We have been receiving a considerable number of enquires about people wanting to try curling as a result of the excellent coverage of curling at the Olympics.

As an Association, we are hugely frustrated that we can’t offer any opportunities in Ireland at the moment due to the lack of any facilities. We have over the last 15 years tried along with the Irish Ice Hockey Association and the Irish Skating Association of Ireland to get a viable ice rink up and running but to no avail. We are still trying!!
We hope to be able to offer some come and try sessions next Christmas but we realise that this doesn’t appease demand at the moment.

Stranraer Ice Rink is offering come and try sessions (this is the closest ice rink and the cheapest to get to and you would be made most welcome.

http://www.trycurling.com/learn/try-curling-sessions/?postcode=stranraer&distance=1000&session_type=&query_type=session

In the meantime, please also adds your name to the Petition for Ice for Ireland on our webpage and also have a look and like the Ice for Ireland Facebook page and keep watching the curling!! Here’s a link to the Olympic website.

https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/sports/curling

If there are any more developments we will keep you posted. Please do not hesitate to ping us an email or like our FB page to make contact.

Kinross winners

A most enjoyable spring bonspiel was held on Sunday at Kinross.

President David presenting the trophy to winners Frances, Gillian, Niamh and James

The event was won by the rink of  James Russell, Frances Whyte, Gillian Russell and Niamh Begley, who were presented with the perpetual trophy and prizes by ICA President David Whyte.

The Association was delighted to welcome three potential new members – Maria O’Neill, David McHale and Niamh, one of the winners.

Teams drawn for Bonspiel weekend in Stranraer

Last years winners: Peter, Karlyn, Louise (presenting), Frances and David

As we return to Stranraer – not long after the 4N – the draw for the first game  always has everyone on tenterhooks. The Secretary and the President conducted the the draw at other ends of the telephonic communicating device and to ensure absolute fairness, two adjudicators – Ellie and Fergus – were in attendance. (Labrador and Flat-coated Retriever respectively).
So here it is:

Saturday 9.00 am

PJ Wilson vs Kate Adams
Ian Donald vs John Gilmore
Tommy Campbell vs JJ Kenny
David Whyte vs Michael Sutherland

11am

John Brown vs John PJ Wilson
Drew Paton vs John Graham
Jim Cannon vs Bill Gray
Andy Robinson vs Arran Cameron.

Can we also ask that teams bring one raffle prize for the Grand Draw.
Many thanks and see you there.