It is with great sadness we record the death of one of Ireland’s former international curlers, Claire Darragh.
Claire represented Ireland at the European Mixed Championships in 2011 in Tarnby, Denmark, playing seven games for her country.
After moving to Scotland from Northern Ireland to further her career, Claire took up curling and joined the Irish Curling Association. She was a familiar face at our bonspiels and also represented the ICA in the annual Four Nations competition.
Claire will be remembered by us all for her cheery disposition, her sense of humour and her steadfast support of Irish curling and Irish teams.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to her family and friends at this sad time.
Congratulations to John Wilson, Alison Fyfe, Craig Whyte and Jen Ward who won the Irish Mixed playdowns at the Dumfries Ice Bowl earlier today.
In the second game against Bill Gray’s team they were always in control, running the opposition out of stones in the last end to win 6-3.
Hopefully, the current coronavirus crisis will have passed by October and they will get the chance to represent Ireland at the world mixed championships. Both senior teams heard yesterday they would not be going to British Columbia next month for the world seniors.
A huge thanks goes to John and Eleanor Burns who spent the weekend helping as umpire and time clock operator. It was very much appreciated by all the players.
Three teams are currently in Dumfries competing for the right to represent Ireland in the world mixed later in the year.
Team Gray (Bill, Marie O’Kane, David Whyte and Louise Kerr) lost 8-2 this morning to Team Wilson (John, Alison Fyfe, Craig Whyte and Jen Ward).
In the afternoon session, Team Gray beat Team Cameron (Arran, Jackie Davidson, Steve Callan and Niamh Begley Luke 7-2.
In the evening session, Team Wilson beat Team Cameron 9-4.
In the light of the current coronavirus situation, advice was given by the chief umpire, John Burns, that all players should bump elbows instead of shake hands. All were happy to do this at the start and end of each game.
Tomorrow morning Team Wilson will face Team Gray again and if Wilson wins they are the Mixed Champs but if Team Gray win it will go a decider.
Stuart Wilson and his team of Gillian King, Tommy Campbell and Anne Wilson won a very enjoyable Stranraer Weekend and now will head to the Dalrymple Cup Final Weekend next month. The team collected the Granite Trophy, McMillan Hotel vouchers and a case of Magners cider, courtesy of the sponsors. New Scottish junior champion Robyn Munro filled in for Gillian King in the final game.
The High Road runners-up, receiving the Jane Paterson Ailsa Craig painting, were PJ Wilson, Louise Kerr, Richard Stevenson and Anne Wilson. They also received an invite to the final weekend.
The Low Road winners, receiving the Irish Oak Trophy, were Drew Paton, Trish Boult, Johnny Logan and Margaret Logan.
The Low Road runners-up, receiving the Basil Gray Trophy, were Kyle Paradis, Carolyn Hibberd, Jason Medhurst and Denise Lawler.
The consolation prizes went to Billy Johnston, Sue Wilkinson, Barbara Kitchen and Colin Wilkinson.
Thanks go to former ICA President Fiona Turnbull for presenting the prizes and thanks to all who contributed to the grand ICA raffle – £300 was raised for association funds.
The annual trip to Kinross proved as enjoyable as ever this weekend with the ICA taking two sheets. The games were played in the usual social spirit on keen ice. Christine Furey skipped her team of David Hume, Kerrianne Cox and Frances Donald to a victory over Ross Barr’s rink of Steve Callan, Ian Donald and Gillian Russell.
However, with a slightly better points difference the bonspiel was won by Arran Cameron with Alison Barr, Susan Scotland and Dave McHale getting the better of Marie O’Kane, Eoin McCrossan, Nathan Furey and Maria O’Neill. The teams enjoyed a homemade soup and sandwich lunch post game and Eoin presented the winners with their prizes. Next up is the ICA Stranraer weekend 14/15/16 February with the closing bonspiel and AGM at Greenacres on 22 March.