Carlow Sports Partnership have included the RILSA Carlow County Snooker Federation in their annual Sports Development Initiative.

This help and support towards women’s cue sports at county level is welcomed by RILSA and their Carlow County Federation as a positive step in the promotion and future development of women and young girls in the sports of snooker and billiards in the years to come.

Carlow County has seen the growth in women’s cue sports over the past 4 years through many of RILSA’s new initiatives in the county, with Annette Newman taking the RILSA National Snooker Title in 2015 along with the National Billiards Title in 2015 and retaining it again in 2016.  Annette currently holds the number 1 spot on both snooker & billiards National Rankings.  The recent RILSA International Irish Open in Dublin saw Annette reach the final of the main event, a fantastic achievement by the Carlow woman.

Carlow also has National Junior Champions, with Orla Fitzpatrick from Ballinabranna taking the inaugural RILSA National Primary School title in 2014, followed by Lauren McGrath from Hacketstown winning it in 2015 and again in 2016 we saw Keara Minion from Ballinabranna win the title.  Will we see yet another girl from Carlow take this title in a few weeks time!

10 year old Grace Byrne from Ballinabranna has made a fantastic leap into the sport having been the first girl to win a Stars Academy Ireland title with the under 13 championship earlier in 2017, this a first for girls since its inception in 1981.  Grace continued her advancement in the sport by reaching the final of the recent RILSA Intermediate International Open at Joey’s Dublin meeting the experienced Laura Alves from Brazil who won the event but stated that Grace will certainly be a force in the sport in the future.

Aine Brennan from Bagnalstown Carlow, reached the final of the RILSA National Intermediate Championship last June and is improving all the time, her semi final spot in the recent International in Dublin, sets her well in the sport with great prospects for her future.

Neicy Kavanagh from St Laserians in Carlow currently holds the RILSA National Special Needs title and is hoping to regain it again in October.  Great response from all our schools in the County.

Other players in the mix who are making headway in the sport are, Lauren Carley, Stephanie Morrison, Clodagh Walsh all from the County.

We in RILSA are delighted with the support and help with funding from the Carlow Sports Partnership and this funding will go directly into future development in the sport of women and girls in the County.

It’s the recognition and support that is needed for women and girls in snooker that will make such a great difference to so many lives of those involved with the sport and we thank Sandra Corrigan and everyone involved with Carlow Sports Partnership for their vision and commitment to us as an organisation.