Northern Ireland News
The N.I. Billiards season gets under way in late September with the first ranking tournament
of the season, the Bangor Reading Rooms Billiards Classic, sponsored by P.T.S.
Amusements and the Reading Rooms Club. In October, the N. Ireland International team
travel to Dublin to take on the Republic in their annual International fixture, on Saturday 26th
and Sunday 27th October. Following the Bangor tournament, the calendar of events is as
Windsor Billiards Classic sponsored by The Windsor Club (November & December)
The West Belfast Classic (January)
whilst on the International front:
Northern Ireland plays England at Stoke-on-Trent
The next ranking event is the Premier Billiards Classic, sponsored by Snooker Ireland and
Savoury Foods. The Strikers Billiards Classic is next, sponsored by the home dub. In April,
the last of the ranking events takes place, the Northern Ireland Billiards Championship
sponsored by the West Belfast Social Club. Last but by no means least is the Billy Mills
Memorial “B” Championship, played for in memory of Billy who died suddenly last year.
GET WELL WISHES
All the billiards fraternity in N. Ireland and I’m sure in England wish two of our most senior
internationalists a speedy recovery following their recent illness, John McIntyre (Chairman of
the Association) and Billy Loughan (Committee member) are both on the mend and all our
thoughts are with them and their families, at this worrying time. Get well soon lads.
Paddy Donnelly, the All-Ireland title holder, will defend his crown on Saturday 24th August at
the Q Club Newry when he will take on the champion from the Republic in a 600 game.
Good luck to Paddy from the N.I. Association.