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Longford hits tourism bullseye as Granard chosen to host international archery competition

ByMary M. Ward

Feb 19, 2022

Granard’s Knights and Conquests Heritage Center will serve as the venue for the prestigious Archery Ireland Irish Open and Club Team Championships for 2022.

The Wolfshead Company of Archers based at the North Longford facility has been given the official stamp of approval in recent days in what is seen as another notable tourism stunt for Granard.

The competitions will take place on the weekend of July 9 and 10 at the Parc des Expositions du Granard with the kind permission of the Salon de l’Agriculture du Granard.

The Irish Open is attracting international entries and will be held on Saturday July 9 and the club team competitions will be held on Sunday July 10 with archery clubs from across Ireland taking part.

“This is great news for Granard and our Wolfshead CoA. Our archery club was born out of just one phone call I made during the first lockdown,” said the club co-founder and chief executive. from Knights and Conquests, Bartle D’Arcy.

“Mark (Higson) who has represented Ireland internationally and is currently treasurer of Archery Ireland responded and we found out we lived 20 miles apart.

“Archery is a perfect fit for our next Normandy village so we founded the club. After a lot of hard work we are now into our 4th beginners course and have over 40 members. We have big plans to create an academy and archery is an all-inclusive sport. .

There will be over 200 archers competing over the weekend with up to 500 people coming to town for the weekend with families and supporters providing a big economic boost to the town. Free admission for all spectators.

“The Irish Open already has international bookings with more to come and as a club we are very pleased to be hosting these competitions in Granard along with Knights and Conquests and Granard Agricultural Show.

“The Irish Open welcomes members of Archery Ireland, Archery Great Britain, Irish Field Archery Federation and World Archery.

“There will be juniors, seniors and masters. The club’s team competitions will be recurve, compound and barebow culminating in head-to-head competitions to determine the winner.” added Mark, co-founder and Treasurer of Wolfshead Company of Archers.