2008 Irish Open

The Irish Open will be held October 25th - 29th, 2008 in Town House Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare.

The Irish Open Draughts Tournament will be held at the Town House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare from Saturday, 25.10.08, to Wednesday, 29.10.08. This is the same venue where the Kildare Open has been staged for the past three years. And the Irish Draughts Association is grateful to Bill Dobbins for obtaining the use of the Town House, which has proven popular with the players attending the Kildare Opens. The Association is also grateful to P.J. Furey for making a venue in Carlow available, even though the Town House was awarded the staging of the tournament. Con McCarrick is also due a word of thanks for his efforts to bring the Irish Open to Dundalk.

The Irish Open will be played in three sections. The Masters & Seniors will be played over ten rounds from the Saturday to Wednesday. The Intermediates will be played over eight rounds from the Saturday to Tuesday. The entry fees will be 40 for the Masters, 30 for the Seniors, and 25 for the Intermediates. There will be a draw to raise prize money for the tournament. It will involve selling a maximum of 100 tickets at 10 each. The first prize for the draw will be 300 and there will be two prizes of 100 each. It is anticipated that the prize fund at the Irish Open will be at least 1,500.

Bill Dobbins & Peadar Sweeney have agreed to act as Controllers for these Irish Championships. The best placed Irish based player will be nominated by the Irish Draughts Association as the Official Challenger for the Irish 3-Move Match Play Title. And, giving players further incentive to attend, there will be a party at the Town House Hotel on the Tuesday Evening for the players taking part in the tournament.

Saturday, 25.10.08: Entries 9.30 am. First Round 10 am. Second Round 3 pm. All Sections.
Sunday, 26.10.08: Third Round 10 am. Fourth Round 3 pm. All Sections.
Bank Holiday Monday, 27.10.08: Fifth Round 10 am. Sixth Round 3 pm. All Sections.
Tuesday, 28.10.08: Seventh Round 10 am. Eighth Round 3 pm. All Sections.
Wednesday, 29.10.08: Ninth Round 10 am. Tenth Round 3 pm. Masters & Seniors.

Town House Hotel: Single rooms are 60. 40 per person sharing.  (045)879226
Boreen B&B, Lusk: Single rooms are 50. 40 per person sharing.  (045)875282
Mill Lane House B&B: Single rooms are 50. 40 per person sharing.  (045)897257
Norcenni B&B: Single rooms are 50. 40 per person sharing.  (045)875014
Harbour Hotel: Tariff available on request.  (045)879145
Naas Court Hotel: Tariff available on request.  (045)866073
You can also contact Bill Dobbins  (087)4160745 & Peadar Sweeney  (086)3702387, who will be happy to assist with bookings, etc.

For more information please contact Sean Phillips at seanphil@gofree.indigo.ie.


2008 Irish Open - Town House Hotel in Nass, Co Kildare

by Liam Stephens on Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:29 pm (ACF Forum)

Masters: Going into the final round Ron King had an unassailable score of 31 points and is this years winner of the Irish Open. Jack Francis is in second place on 25 points with one round to play.
(I had to leave before the final round in order to get home on the same day)

Seniors: Sean McElkenny leads on 23 points. Pat Logue and Peter Kierans are on 22 points, with one round left to play.

The Intermediate section was completed yesterday.

1. Andy Dobbyns 23 points
2. Vincent Beirne 22 points
3. Jack Coll 20 points
4. Patsy Quinn 20 points
5. Julian McGuiness 19 points

Thanks to Liam Stephens for the above information and Ingo Zachos for submitting the below xls files.

Liam Stephens sent these corrected tables

2008 Irish Open Cross-Tables

2008 Irish Open Cross-Tables    from Ingo Zachos


2008 Tournament Dates