LETTER FROM RIBSA CHAIRMAN & NOTICE OF THE 2017 AGM
This year’s Republic Of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association AGM will commence at 1:30pm on Saturday 6th of May in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club Carlow.
I urge all players, parents, coaches, referees, officials and interested parties that love the games of Billiards and snooker to make every effort to attend.
I know there are a lot of members and supporters of our association that have new ideas, fresh thoughts and the enthusiasm to carry through with any changes that they feel are necessary. Why not put YOUR name forward for the committee?
We all know that committees are there to be blamed for every little thing that goes wrong even though they give up their time and efforts with virtually no remuneration.
RIBSA need a committee that is dedicated and hard working and can put more time into any new ideas that are proposed for the benefit of all members.
So don't sit on the sidelines and complain, get your voices heard by getting yourself proposed and seconded onto the committee and let’s make this association stronger than it has ever been and the envy of the World.
Brendan O Donoghue from Nenagh won the 2017 Ivy Rooms Easter Handicap Open on Monday the 17th of April. In the final Brendan beat TJ Dowling 3 frames to 2 in an exciting match. Brendan also won the high break prize with a 126 break. Brendan won €500.00 and The Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow would like to thank all the players who entered the event.
Andy McCloskey 2 v 3 Aaron Hill
Brendan O'Donoghue 3 v 1 Rodney Goggins
Ivor Fitzpatrick 0 v 3 TJ Dowling
Stephen Reddington 2 v 3 Greg Casey
Aaron Hill 2 v 3 Brendan O'Donoghue
TJ Dowling 3 v 2 Greg Casey
Following representation from Club owners RIBSA have decided to introduced one day / one event membership fee. The cost of this membership is €5.00 and is only valid for the duration of each particular event. It is hoped that this will encourage more participation in RIBSA Events.
The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association will hold the 2017 Annual General Meeting on Saturday the 6th of May in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow.
The AGM will begin at 2pm and all members are welcomed to attend. Motions to the AGM must be received by the Secretary on or before the 22nd of April. Motions can be emailed to
Election of Officers
In accordance with amendment 5 (j) to the constitution passed at 2015 AGM
5.(j) Nominations for an officer position on the RIBSA committee must be received in writing by the Secretary 14 days before the AGM.
i. 1. The nomination must be submitted by a member of RIBSA.
ii. 2. The person being nominated must be a member of RIBSA.
iii. 3. A seconding of the nomination must also be received from another RIBSA member in writing 14 days in advance of the AGM.
iv. 4. The member being nominated must indicate in writing 14 days in advance of the AGM their willingness to stand for election.
Over the last few months RIBSA have received comments regarding the awarding of byes in tournaments. Currently the top seeds receive the byes some people feel this is not correct and byes should be placed at random throughout the draw. RIBSA purpose to discuss this matter at the AGM on Saturday the 6th of May at 2pm in the Ivy Rooms Carlow. We would welcome submissions from members prior to this date.
with your comments.
The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association held another Snooker in Schools project for St Mary’s Secondary School in the Edenderry Snooker Club on Tuesday the 28th of February.
This schools development program objective is to help grow the interest of our sport within schools and the 14 boys and girls from St Mary's were invited to learn the basics of the game from the RIBSA National Snooker Coach PJ Nolan and RIBSA Coaches Ger Murray and Declan Quinn.
The boys and girls learned how to develop a good Bridge Hand and improve their Cue Action through demonstrations by PJ who is one of the world’s leading snooker coaches. RIBSA who are the governing body of Billiards and Snooker in the Republic of Ireland were delighted to have St Mary’s from Edenderry availing of PJ's coaching skills.
The boys and girls said they really enjoyed the session and they thanked the RIBSA team and Edenderry Snooker Club for hosting the session. Ger Murray hopes to invite other schools around Edenderry to hold future days with PJ.
RIBSA hope the ‘Snooker in Schools program will help to grow the game Nationwide and a number of other schools are lined up over the next few months. If you know any other school who would like to become part of our Snooker in Schools project they should email
RIBSA would like to thank Ger Murray, Declan Quinn and the Edenderry Snooker Club for making the Snooker in Schools a success today. Well Done !!!!
This year’s Final was contested by Keith Sheldreck from Q Club and Dan Dempsey from Newbridge. As usual a large crowd were present to witness the match.
In the semi-finals Dan Dempsey beat Brendan Thomas from the Roadstone Club and Keith Sheldreck had a 3 – 0 win over James Bateman from the Kilkenny Shed.
The final turned out to be a nervous tense affair with both players below par sharing the first 4 frames. However, after the break Dan got inspiration from somewhere and won the title with an opportune 48 break in the final frame.
In his speech, Dan thanked TD Jim Carrick and his team for all the work over the last few weeks organising the event. He also thanked the Quinn family for their continued support and looked forward to playing in many more Anthony Quinn tournaments.
St Conleth’s CY also expressed again their gratitude to Tony and Mena and all the Quinn family for their help and support in staging the tournament. 64 players went to post Friday night and play continued all day Saturday with the Q-finals, Semi’s and final played today Sunday. Thanks to Tony Thorpe, Leo Kennedy and Tom Cronley for keeping us all informed on facebook.
In his closing speech TD Jim Carrick thanked all the players for their continued support of this very special event in the life of St. Conleth’s. He paid tribute to Richie and Alan for having everything in place over the weekend and to all who helped make the tournament the success it was. He congratulated referee’s Tony Thorpe, John and Michelle O’Boyle for officiating on Sunday.
Tony and Mena Quinn selected young Gavin O’Donnell as the recipient of the player of the tournament, a decision well received by all the attendance.
Everyone is looking forward already to next years’ event.
The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association continued their Snooker in Schools project on Thursday the 16th of February in Letterkenny, County Donegal. This grass roots RIBSA development programs main objective is to help develop the interest of our sport within schools and to grow the game.
Colaiste Ailigh - Leitir Ceanainn Secondary School in Letterkenny were invited to the Northwest Snooker Club to learn the basics of the game from the RIBSA National Snooker Coach PJ Nolan and RIBSA Coach John Doherty.
One of the Colaiste Ailigh star students is young Sean Devenney who played in the 2016 Home Internationals and 2016 World U-18 Championships, Sean was also part of the winning Celtic Challenge junior team and he was voted cue sports star of the year at the recent Donegal Sports Awards.
The boys and girls learned how to develop good fundamentals in their techniques through demonstrations by International local players Sean Devenney, Anthony Bonnar, Aidan Devenney and PJ who is one of the world’s leading snooker World Snooker coaches.
RIBSA are the governing body of Billiards and Snooker in the Republic of Ireland and they were delighted with the Schools day and the boys and girls said they really enjoyed the session and they thanked the RIBSA team and the Northwest Snooker Club for hosting the day.
All the students received a certificate for attending and John Doherty who organised the session hopes to invite other schools around Letterkenny to future Snooker in Schools days in the club.
RIBSA hope the ‘Snooker in Schools program will help to promote and grow the game nationwide and a number of other schools are lined up over the next few months. If you know any other school who would like to become part of our Snooker in Schools project they should email
RIBSA would like to thank Colaiste Ailigh and all the students, John Doherty, Anthony Bonnar and the Northwest Snooker Club for making the snooker in schools a huge success today.
Keith O Reilly from Newbridge CYMS won the Leinster Under 17 Snooker Open Championship on Sunday the 12th of February in the Edenderry Snooker Club in Co Offaly. In the final Keith beat Ryan McGuirk 3 frames to 1 to take the title.
RIBSA Chairman Jim Leacy held a draw this morning at the 5th RIBSA Masters Ranking Event in the Ivy Rooms SC for three entries into the World Seniors Championship qualifier on the 10th-12th March in the Spawell Snooker Club in Dublin. The three lucky winners drawn out were Richie Toal, Tony Thorpe and Alan Cusack.
Jason Francis from Snooker Legends had sponsored one entry and RIBSA have now sponsored two more entries into the qualifier for the Snooker Legends World Seniors. RIBSA would like to wish all the players good luck in the event.
This qualifier is open to all players over 40 that are not on the main pro tour. The eventual World Seniors Champion will be invited into the World Snooker Championships. The Qualifier Entry Fee is £100.00 sterling and you must enter on line via the link below.