International Mixed Doubles in Dumfries

The MD Irish champions

The International Mixed Doubles has started today in Dumfries, Scotland. The Irish Mixed Doubles Champions (Eoin McCrossan & Jen Ward) are competing with 23 other teams for a $4,900 purse.

Up to date scores etc. are on the World Curling Website.

It is an ideal event for Eoin & Jen to compete in prior to the World Mixed Doubles in Sweden next month.

New Irish Mixed Champions 2018

John Wilson, Jen Ward, David Whyte (presenting), Eoin McCrossan and Erin Furey

An exciting playdowns for the Irish Mixed title at Greenacres Ice Rink on Saturday 10th March 2018.

The new Irish Mixed Champions for 2018 are:

  • John Wilson (skip),
  • Jen Ward, 
  • Eoin McCrossan and 
  • Erin Furey.

The first game swung on a 7th end take-out which was missed twice by the opposing skip, James Russell. Skip John Wilson made impressive draw shots against large heads on several ends.

In the second game, the most notable shots were Erin freezing several on button and Eoin lifting two consecutive double takeouts.

The first 2 games were won by team Wilson in a  best of 3 format, so thay can represent Ireland at the World Mixed Championships later in the year – date & venue still to be decided.

This was a debut playdowns for 12 year old Erin Furey (daughter of Irish Mens Team player, John Furey) who curled beautifully and clearly enjoyed herself.

Clearly Erin has aspirations ….

Mixed playdowns this weekend

Good luck to the two teams who have entered the Irish Mixed Championships this weekend at Greenacres.

James Russell skips the rink of Katie Kerr, Craig Whyte and Ailsa Anderson who will play a best of three against John Wilson, Jen Ward, Eoin McCrossan and, making her playdown debut………Erin Furey!

Game times are 10am and 3pm Saturday, 10th March and at 9.30am on the Sunday, if required.

The winners will represent Ireland at the World Mixed Championships later in the year.

Blast from the past – original members

From time to time it’s interesting to look through the old ICA archives, compiled by Jane Paterson. Before the digital age overtook us all, printed photos of ICA events were filed away by Jane and this particular photo takes us back to the very beginning and the members of the Northern Ireland Curling Association which existed briefly before it was decided to make the association inclusive of the Four Provinces of Ireland.

The date is unknown but perhaps some of those young things from the north in the photograph could get in touch and fill us in?

So, from left to right  we have – John Burns, Tony Tierney, Jim Winning, Liz Knox, Fiona Turnbull, Gordon McIntyre, Susan Scotland and Carolyn Hibberd.

Curling at the Olympics; Curling in Ireland


We have been receiving a considerable number of enquires from 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, in Scotland, 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. Click Try Curling link below.

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

If there are any more developments we will keep you posted. Please do not hesitate to contact us or like us on Facebook.

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


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.

Irish 4 Nations Draw

Looking forward to the annual 4 Nations curling this weekend in Stranraer.

Here are the Irish teams taking part:

Friday 19th January
Wales 8pm Mixed

Johnjo Kenny Carolyn Hibberd
Jen Ward Arran Cameron
Eoin McCrossan Frances Whyte
Gillian Russell Steve Callan

Saturday 20th January
England 9am Men and Women

Neil Fyfe Carolyn Hibberd
Craig Whyte Louise Kerr
Ross Barr Christina Graham
John Burns Clare McCormick

Scotland 3pm Mixed

Bill Gray Johnjo Kenny
Jen Ward Marie O’Kane
Ken Hutchison Ian Donald
Frances Donald Frances Whyte

Sunday 21st  January
Wales 9am Men and Women

Neil Fyfe Marie O’Kane
Craig Whyte Louise Kerr
Eoin McCrossan Christina Graham
John Burns Roberta Warwick

England 11.30am Mixed

John Furey John Wilson
Christine Furey Margarita Sweeney Baird
Nathan Furey Steve Callan
Erin Furey Trish Boult

Scotland 2.00 pm Men and Women

PJ Wilson Marie O’Kane
Arran Cameron Louise Kerr
Ross Barr Clare McCormick
Ian Donald Frances Donald

Mens playdown for Irish championships

Two teams will play the best of three games over the weekend at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

John Wilson, James Russell, Craig Whyte, John Furey and Eoin McCrossan will play Andrew Gilmore, Ross Barr, Tom Roche and Steve Callan at 11am and 4pm tomorrow and, if needed, 10am on  Sunday

Last year’s Men’s Champions, Craig, Eoin, John, James and Arran

There will be a webstream link to follow the action at

Good luck to both teams. The winners will represent Ireland at the European C League in April.