The RILSA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the RILSA President Margaret Browne at the Ladies Dublin Open recently by Dan Carroll RILSA Chairman on behalf of the Association.
RILSA Lifetime Achievement Award 2017
Margaret is the current President of RILSA, a title so well deserved as Margaret’s experience and dedication to women’s Snooker holds no bounds. Mags as she is affectionately known to all her friends in RILSA and indeed the sport all over Ireland was instrumental in our Association’s formation back in 1986 and even before then she was part of the setup of the Ladies Leinster Billiards & Snooker Association formed in 1982. She went on to hold the position of National Secretary of RILSA form 1990 to 1994 where many new initiatives were introduced by her. Since 1994 Margaret has remained on the RILSA committee, wearing many hats along the way, such as Ulster Regional Secretary, Disciplinary Committee Member and Meath County Federation Chairperson. Margaret has continued to make valuable contributions to this growing Organisation and we thank her for all her advice and sound sensible approach to issues.
Margaret was part of the first Ladies International team to play England in 1978 and they won the event on that occasion. She has represented Ireland at both World and International stage over the years.
In recent years, she has secured number 3 on the National Rankings 2015/2016 season and is provisionally ranked 6th to date, a fantastic achievement for her to keep within the top 8 in Ireland. She has won many ranking titles in the past and was in the first ever women’s snooker championship final against the late Maureen Butler who won the National title on three occasions. She has reached a number of finals and many semi-finals in recent events and this shows that Margaret is still a force to reckon with on the women’s snooker circuit in Ireland.
We wish Margaret many more years of great times and snooker as we head into a bright future in RILSA and with her at the helm as President we are very proud of her, as she is loved and respected by one and all at this fantastic organisation, the Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association