Stars Academy Ireland have made great progress over the past number of years in their promotions at junior level here in Ireland. Since the Stars of the Future events were initiated by the late Dermot Dalton in 1981 where most of our top professionals and amateur players found their first step into the sport has grown year on and year in.
Dermot’s wish was to see snooker in schools, this has now come true for the greatest promoter of cue sports Ireland has ever had and probably never see again. His vision for snooker was light years ahead of anyone else involved in the sport, he will be looking down now, happy that his wish has been realised and the future of junior snooker in Ireland is secure for many years to come.
1,755 young players will now have access to the first National School events this year and we hope to increase this in the years to come. A new format is set in place and will be rolled out over the coming weeks with a number of schools listed to host underage events with the qualifiers from each event to come out in early 2019 to play in the Stars All Ireland Championship.
Kildare Town Community School will host the U16 Stars. The CBS Westland Row Dublin have the U14 Stars. Knockbeg College in Carlow has the U17 Stars. Colaiste Chluan Meala in Tipperary will host the U15 Stars. The U12 & U13 Stars Events will be hosted by Ballinabranna National School in Carlow.
Since the installation of tables at these schools, Stars Academy and The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association have seen at first hand the uptake in young players taking up the sport at school level while a number have come out onto the RILSA & Stars circuit over the past 7 years. This is certainly the way to go for the future of the sport in Ireland.
We look forward to the upcoming events and results will be posted on this site