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Wicklow Archers host the Irish Championships

ByMary M. Ward

May 11, 2022

Wicklow had the honor of hosting the Irish Open Field Championships which took place in Dargle Valley, Enniskerry last weekend.

it was the first time since 2019 that Wicklow Archers held the open, which saw 55 archers from across the Republic and Northern Ireland take part in the two-day event, shooting 24 targets a day of sizes and distances varied, on a route laid out around the shooting range of the Wicklow Archers.

Field archery presents the challenge of measuring marked and unmarked target distances, as well as dealing with uphill and downhill shooting, light and shadow, and changing weather conditions that can affect not only the archers, but also their equipment.

The course itself was designed by accomplished Wicklow archer Rohan O’Duill and designated as World Record Status (WRS), which means scores achieved could be subject to World Record review. The open also featured a one-on-one team event on day one which – after a few tense rounds – was awarded to the NI team.

“There is always a real buzz around open competitions as they are open to Irish and international archers,” said Wicklow Archers Club chairman Tom Fox. “So it was great to invite our friends from the North to tour with us and enjoy the facilities at the club.”

“I was delighted to see a lot of new members and young archers taking part too. We have welcomed a lot of new people to the club lately through the beginners lessons, and their enthusiasm for archery really showed here today.

Wicklow Archers is a community club which supports the growth and promotion of all forms of archery. They support social inclusion and equality and believe that archery should be open to everyone. It’s something they look for in our training and facilities.

They have several venues for different styles of archery and regularly hold club, county and national competitions. This helps them promote the recreational and competitive aspects of archery and support those trying to achieve the highest standards in the sport.