Euro C profile – Arran Cameron

Name – Arran Cameron

Age – 47 and feeling it with these youngsters

Occupation – Civil Engineer doing too much paperwork

What is your favourite word – Currently it’s Nefarious

What’s your biggest fear – The Guinness running out

Last gig you went to Mad Ferret Band

The film you can watch time and time again – The Hunt for Red October

What are you best at – 🍺

The sport you won’t watch – diving, cmon it’s not a sport

Euro C profile – Kyle Paradis

Dr. Kyle Paradis

Name – Dr. Kyle Paradis

Age – 34

Occupation – University Professor in Sport Psychology at Ulster University.

Status – single / married / divorced / other/ – Partner – Tais

Children – No Children.

Years curling – 30

Home club and ice rink – my ICA club is Belfast, back in Canada, Tam Heather and Leaside

Favourite sport outside curling

  • To watch – Football (Soccer)
  • To play – Golf

Who would you really like to meet? – Whoever is around!

Favourite TV programme? – Derry Girls!

Favourite holiday destination and why? – Hawaii was great, but I have always wanted to go to Italy.

Favourite other Irish curler and why? – my teammates and Eoin McCrossan who was the first person I met and talked with the ICA before moving over and welcomed me, and now he’s our president!

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – my dog, Sophie.

Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with? – My partner, Tais.

Sum yourself up in five words – Only needs one word – lucky.

And we are off….to the Euros!

Hard to get our pandemic-hardened heads round this, but an Ireland men’s team are heading to Switzerland shortly to represent their country at the WCF European C League Championships.

John Wilson, Kyle Paradis, Arran Cameron and Craig Whyte are travelling to Geneva having had a weekend warm up on the ice at Dumfries.

There are ten countries in the draw – so the Irish boys will have a busy week. The medal winners – gold, silver and bronze – will qualify their countries for the European B League.

Play starts on Sunday, September 12 with the finals on Friday, September 17.

As usual, we will be having a Profile feature on our players in the emerald green.

The full draw is here:

Burns Bows Out at ICA AGM

For the second year running the Irish Curling Association held a virtual Annual General Meeting. In addition to constitutional change and committee elections, the meeting saw the departure from the committee of John Burns – a founder member, past president and ICA titan.

The meeting began with ICA President Eoin McCrossan reflecting on those who the association lost in the previous year as well as those lost to the pandemic. He paid particular tribute to past President and “latter-day Boudica in emerald green”, Fiona Turnbull.

Eoin took the opportunity, through his President’s report, to update the membership on the great work done by the committee throughout the year behind the scenes. He paid tribute to all committee members hard work but in particular departing member, Arran Cameron. Despite a lack of on-ice events, the committee had the time and space to progress with the Association’s development plan with particular progress seen in improved governance and digital offerings to members. He reported a rise in membership of more than 10% and set out six key targets for next season:

  • Hosting Member events including training and social events
  • Redesigning the ICA website
  • Contributing to the Irish Winter Sports Strategy launch
  • Assisting teams to realise their competitive ambitions
  • Utilising a greater percentage of DAP funding
  • Continuing to improve governance practices

Finally, he was able to share a provisional calendar for next season:

DateEventVenue
26th SeptemberOpening Training DayGreenacres
26th SeptemberOpening BonspielGreenacres
31st October
7th November
Fyfe TrophyGreenacres
December 2021Winter BonspielStirling
TBCArdrossan CastleGreenacres
January 2021 (if required)Men/Women PlaydownDumfries
January 2021 (if required)Senior PlaydownDumfries
28th-30th JanuaryFour NationsAyr
February 2021Spring BonspielMurrayfield
26th-27th FebruaryStranraer WeekendStranraer
12th-13th MarchMixed PlaydownDumfries
March 2021Closing BonspielHamilton

All seven constitutional changes were approved by the membership which gave clarity to membership categories, introduced greater flexibility for a digital committee working and enshrined updated voting practices for office bearers and the business of future AGMs.

Bill Gray and David Whyte were re-elected as Secretary and Treasurer. Craig Whyte and Christine Furey were re-elected onto the committee after serving three-year terms as ordinary members and Steve Callan re-joined the committee following a few years away. Finally, Carolyn Hibbard and Eoin McCrossan were elected as WCF representatives, meaning that John Burns stepped down from the committee after a tenure approaching 30 years. In the meeting, President Eoin paid tribute to him:

John has worked tirelessly for well over 25 years to advance the cause of Irish Curling and I feel slightly overwhelmed with the task of paying tribute to such a titan of the ICA. John was a founder member, past president and past secretary. John established our relationships with many organisations in Ireland including the OFI and has advocated the cause of Ice in Ireland and shown incredible tenacity in the face of many disappointments. Thank you John on behalf of everyone in the association”.

John remains a valued member, and no doubt a source of support and knowledge when needed.

The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks to the chair and just in time for the secretary to watch the end of the second test of the Lions tour of South Africa!

Remembering Mary Radcliffe

There was more sadness recently with the news of the passing of former ICA member Mary Radcliffe.

Mary and her husband Bill were regular faces at ICA bonspiels for many years.

They particularly supported the Irish Weekend at Stranraer which was organised for 20 odd years by their great friends, Jim and Kathie Nixon.

Mary (second left) was a keen member of the ICA

Mary is pictured here in the winning rink of an ICA bonspiel in 2013.

The sympathies of all the members goes out to Bill and family.

Remembering Anne Gumley

TRIBUTES from across the curling world have been paid this week to Anne Gumley.

ICA founder member Anne Gumley

Anne was a founder member of the Irish Curling Association and was always a great supporter of the Irish curlers, whenever they took to the ice.

A native of Northern Ireland, Anne was one of a merry band of Irish players that crossed the sea to play an exhibition match on outdoor ice in front of Belfast City Hall in December 1999.

She and her late husband were very involved with curling in Edinburgh, especially at the much-missed Gogar Park Ice Rink.

Anne’s daughter-in-law Vicky, herself a Scottish champion curler, recently said that Anne was very proud to get her Irish passport a couple of years ago but was disappointed it wasn’t green!

The heartfelt sympathies of all the members of the ICA go out to Anne’s family and we acknowledge and remember the important part she played in the early days of Irish curling.

Ireland win triple crown at Fenton’s – 10 years ago!

As there will be no ICA curling for some time, all we can do is remember our past glories.

Rewind to January 2011 and the Four Nations was held at Fenton’s Ice Rink in Kent.

Ireland won the Turnbull Trophy against England, the Marshall Millennium against Scotland and the Meikle Trophy against Wales. President Bill Gray collected all the trophies that year.