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 a co founder 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 1992 and again from 2000 to 2002 where many new initiatives were introduced by her. 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 in a two leg International where they lost to England at home but Margaret and Mary Raymond won their matches and kept Ireland’s hopes alive going into the second match away in the UK, where they won the event on that occasion. She has represented Ireland at both World and International stage over the years.
Margaret along with Paula Darby represented Ireland at the Home Internationals in 1996, when they won the title for the very first time.
In recent years, she has secured number 3 on the National Rankings 2015/2016 season and has held a top 8 spot on the National Rankings on 8 other occasions. Margaret is provisionally ranked 18th as we go to print and we know that will change before the season ends in March 2018, a fantastic achievement for her to keep within the top 8 in Ireland. She has won many ranking titles in the past and has reached a number of finals and many semi-finals in recent events which shows that Margaret is still a force to reckon with on the women’s snooker circuit in Ireland.
In the 2016 RILSA International in Dublin, Margaret got to the final of the Intermediate International event against Jeong Min Park from South Korea where she had a very close match with Jeong taking the match on a black ball finish in the last frame.
Margaret was awarded the RILSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, an award so deserving of a woman who has put so many years into our sport and continues to help and support RILSA in promoting cue sports into the future.
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