Cathy Dunne is one of our top amateur players here in Ireland. Cathy joined RILSA in 1997 where she showed great promise right from the start.
Over the past 20 years in the sport, she has represented Ireland on many occasions at both European & International levels, with great pride. In 2016 Cathy represented Ireland at the World Ladies Championships in Leeds, where she qualified out of the group stage. She finished 53rd on the World rankings that year but we know Cathy is very capable of making top 16 in the World.
On the home front, Cathy has always been a top 16 ranked player with an all time high of 4th place in 2003.
Cathy won the 2004 National Championship along with a number of National ranking finals over the years. Since RILSA’s reformation in 2014, Cathy has made fantastic headway over the past 3 years.
Cathy won 3 National Rankings in a row during the 2015/2016 season, the Stars Academy Masters, Leinster Masters and the Dublin open.
2015 was a good year for Cathy as she reached the final of the RILSA International Intermediate Open final where she won 3-1 against Laura Alves from Brazil in a great final. Cathy produced a number of 30+ breaks over the 4 frames. Her highest break in match play is 62 and practice 89.
2016 saw Cathy go one better in the RILSA International as she reached the final of the main event against Ann McMahon. However it was Ann’s day and she won 4-1 but not without a great fight from Cathy.
Cathy took the inaugural Maureen Butler Cup at Sharkx Newbridge again winning over Laura Alves in the final 3-0 and went on to reach the final of another National Ranking the 2016 Stars Academy Masters.
This season, Cathy won the Dublin Open in Joey’s and came close to taking her 2nd National Championship title only to lose out to Paula Judge 3-1 in the final.
Cathy reached the semis of the International Irish Open 2017 and is looking forward to the new RILSA Tour.
Cathy finished 5th on the National Ranking in 2015 and dropped to 11th in 2016 but is provisionally 7th going into the new season, certainly very capable of being number 1.
Her home club is Celbridge Snooker Club in Kildare and she has made a fantastic impression at club level competition, having won the prestigious club championship in 2015.
Cathy is very supportive of RILSA and our initiatives at all levels, she is our Dublin County Federation Secretary and we thank her for all her support. She was awarded the RILSA Most Consistent Player of the Year 2017 Award, well deserved indeed.
Cathy’s commitment to women’s snooker is exceptional to say the least. We in RILSA are delighted to have Cathy as a loyal member and we wish her every success for the future.