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Postby liam stephens on Sat May 26, 2007 6:05 pm

[u:090271994c][b:090271994c]Inishowen Draughts
Inter-Schools’ Draughts Tournament 2007[/b:090271994c][/u:090271994c]
The Inishowen draughts club once again came to the forefront in primary schools educational activities when the Inishowen draughts championships finals took place at The Pollan Beach Hotel, Ballyliffin, on Tuesday last, 22nd. May, ‘07. A total of sixteen schools, involving around 300 children took part in this tournament which was ongoing in the schools for the past number of months. The four top players from each school were selected to represent them in the finals of this very prestige competition.
This was an all day affair, commencing at 10 am. with a short introductory speech by the main organizer Sean McCauley from Moville and concluded with the prize giving at 2.30 pm. This was followed by a “choice of menu” meal for everyone present.
The Desertegney Primary School, under the watchful eye of their teacher Grainne Walsh
accumulated 32 points during the five rounds of play to take 1st prize in the individual schools tournament. The Greencastle primary school, under the guidance of Annie McCartney took 2nd. spot on 28 points, while Cockhill school came 3rd. In 4th. place was Cloontagh school, with Buncrana “A” and Drumfries taking 5th. and 6th. places respectively. The winning school was presented with a cup and four silver medals.
Nominating the top player of the tournament was a very exciting affair as a total of fifteen players were competing for the top prize of a “top of the range” mobile phone which was sponsored by Francis Callaghan, Digifone Communications. Aiden Noone from Cloontagh primary school, who was well supported by his principal Evelyn McCracken and tutor Rose Hirrell, clinched 1st. prize of the mobile phone together with a trophy from the Inishowen draughts club. Fergal Gill came in a very close second who also was presented with a runner-up trophy. All participants in this individual event received a bronze trophy each in recognition of their participation in the finals.
The tournament itself took a lot of organizing and resources and great credit is due to those individuals who ensured it became a reality. Moville’s Sean McCauley, who is a prominent member of the Inishowen draughts club, has been coaching the skills of draughts in a number of schools around Inishowen for the past four years. Mr. Connell McGrenra and Sean Noonan, who are co-ordinators for the department of education, co-operated with Sean McCauley in organizing this event and they also introduced him to a number of schools in Inishowen for which we are more than thankful.
Inspector Jodie Crowe, Buncrana and Sergeant Danny Devlin, Moville, presented the cup and bronze and silver medals as these prizes were sponsored by the Community Relations section of the Department of Justice. Danny was also the “controller” of these finals.
The Inishowen Club would like to thank all the teachers, parents, organizers, sponsors and last but not least the primary schools pupils who took part as without their co-operation this event could not have taken place.
This was the 4th. annual Inishowen Schools Draughts Championship event and we do hope many more will follow.


Gerald Callaghan,
Secretary, Inishowen Draughts Club and P.R.O. Irish Draughts Association.
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Re: Start 'em young!

Postby Jay H on Sat May 26, 2007 7:10 pm

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