This is the Eirball All-Time Archive of Irish Target Sports such as Golf, Snooker & Pool, Croquet, Bowling (Lawn, Tenpin, Road, Petanque, Indoor, Skittles, Boccia), Curling, Darts, Archery and Target Shooting.


PGA Tour Irish Golfers; Golfing Union of Ireland; Irish Ladies Golfing Union

Golf, while a Scottish Game with Celtic Roots, is very popular in Ireland, with Irish Professionals on the European and US PGA Tours counting among the most successful.

There are a number of Tours in Ireland with weekly tournaments held at a different club each week, as well as clubs throughout Ireland which hold Prize Day tournaments.

PGA Tour

Professional Golfers Association PGA Tour (Irish Golfers) (Seasons):  2020-21 2018

European PGA Tour

European Tour Carroll’s Irish Open (Seasons): 1991

Golfing Union of Ireland

GUI All-Ireland Gold Medals (Seasons):  2020

GUI Smurfit Irish PGA (Seasons):  1991


Sean Flanagan Leukaemia Trust Pro Am (Seasons): 1991 

Terry Wogan Classic (Seasons): 1991

Youth Championships

GUI Motorola Leinster Youths Championship (Seasons): 1991

Irish Ladies Golfing Union

ILGU National Club Competitions

ILGU Eileen Murphy Fourball (Seasons): 2020

ILGU AIB Ladies Scratch Cup (Seasons): 1991

ILGU Irish Ladies Senior cup (Seasons): 1991

Irish Alliances

Connacht Senior Alliances (Seasons): 1990-91

Golf Club Tournaments & Leagues

Wicklow Golf Club

Wicklow GC Mens (Seasons): 2020 1991

Wicklow GC Ladies (Seasons):2020

Wicklow GC Winter League (Seasons): 2019-20

Wicklow GC Ladies League 9-Hole Spring League (seasons): 2020

Wicklow GC Mens Matchplay (Seasons): 2019

Wicklow GC Ladies Matchplay (Seasons): 2019

Wicklow Golf Club Matchplay Junior 2006-Present

Picture Credit: [2] Pexels Free Photos

Snooker & Pool

Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association

Snooker is played on a table covered with a green baize and with six holes (pockets) at the four corners and halfway down both sides. The object of the game is to use a white ball (hit with a cue) to knock coloured balls into pockets. The balls are worth different points for each colour from 1 (red) to 7 (Black).

Variations on the game include Pool (smaller table and two sets of balls – stripes and spots); Billiards and Bagatelle.

Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association

RIBSA Senior Snooker Events:

Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association Senior Event Top 10 Snooker Rankings 2001-2017

Colleges & Universities

Student Sport Ireland Pool League (Seasons): 2019-20

Northern Ireland Blackball Association

Ballyclare Pool League (Seasons)1994-95

Ballyclare & District Pool League (Seasons):2016-17

Carrickfergus & District Pool League (Overviews):

Carrickfergus & District Pool League Champions 1995-Present

Carrickfergus & District Pool League (Seasons): 2019-20 (check this)

Tennent’s Coleraine & District Pool League (Seasons):2013-14

Dromara & District Pool League (Seasons):2016-17

East Down Pool League (Seasons): 2019-20

Larne Town & Country Pool League (Seasons):1994-95

Picture Credit: Pexels Free Photos


Croquet Association of Ireland

The origins of Croquet are unclear, it may have been played in the Middle Ages, and possibly even have passed down from ancient times. The first mention of Croquet, however, is in the Field in 1858, which mentions meetings of the Co. Meath Croquet Cracks. the players were mostly young and met at each others houses, and one player, George Annesley Pollock of Oatlands and Newcastle, Co. Meath, laid out the rules under the pseudonym “corncrake” and called them “The Rules of the Oatlands Club” – the first Croquet Rules in the World. [Ref: 1]

It is game played on a lawn with two players or four, and two balls, which each player hits with a mallet, attempting to get it through hoops inserted into the lawn.

Croquet Association of Ireland

Croquet Association of Ireland Irish Championships Singles 1990-Present

Picture Credit: Shutterstock Stock Photos


Bowling comes in many varieties, from the earliest Road Bowling which may have started in Ireland or may have been brought in by William of Orange; to Skittles, Lawn Bowls, Tenpin Bowling, Petanque (the sport played at the foot of the Eiffel Tower), Boccia (the Italian version of Bowling) to Indoor Bowling (played on a green mat in Community Centres and Church Halls).

Tenpin Bowling

Tenpin Bowling is a version of Skittles or Bowling played with ten skittles and a much bigger, heavier ball.

ITBA Men’s Championship (Years): 1991

ITBA Women’s Championship (Years): 1991

ITBA Senior Mixed Doubles Championship (Years):  2020

ITBA Grand Prix Scratch Men’s Tour (Seasons): 2019-20 

ITBA Grand Prix Scratch Ladies Tour (Seasons): 2019-20

Lawn Bowls

Lawn Bowls is a genteel version of bowling played on a green lawn.

Irish Lawn Bowls Bowling League of Ireland Men’s Division 1 2007-2012

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division 1 2016-2018

Indoor Bowls

Indoor Bowling was invented in the 1950s by two South Africans in Wales who wanted to play Bowls over Winter.

IIBA Inter-Zone Men’s Boomer Cup (Seasons): 2020

IIBA Championships (Seasons): 1991

Also Indoor Bowls Zones & Churches Leagues


Petanque, also known as Boules is the version of Bowling played at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and throughout France.

Petanque Celtic Challenge: 2012

Irish Petanque Association | IPA Singles 2007-2015

Irish Petanque Association | IPA Doubles 2007-2015

Irish Petanque Association | IPA Triples 2007-2015

Picture Credit: Pexels Free Photos


WCF European Curling Championships

World Curling Championships

European Curling Championships 2004-2012

European Curling Championships Men 2017-2018

Picture Credit: Pexels Free Photos


Irish National Darts Organisation; Northern Ireland Darts Organisation

Darts is a British game played in pubs throughout Ireland. A small dart is thrown at a target which has 20 numbers segments (scoring 1-20), with double and triple points scored for hitting smaller zones in each segment nearer the centre of the Dart board. The centre (the Bull’s Eye) scores 50. players must finish on a double. Points are scored downwards from 501 to zero.

There is a League in most counties with pubs entering teams. There is also a Pro Circuit in Britain which Irish players can enter.

Irish National Darts Organisation runs Darts Competitions in the Republic of Ireland.

INDO Ladies Rankings (Seasons): 2015 (check This)

Also County Pub Leagues

Archery Ireland

Archery Ireland

An Ancient sport with Clubs in Ireland promoting Archery and Crossbow

Leinster Indoor Open (Seasons): 2018

Wicklow Indoor Open (Seasons): 2020

Picture Credit: Pexels Free Photos

Target Shooting

Target Shooting Ireland

A small number of Olympic Target Shooting Clubs exist in Ireland. Pistols, Rifles, and Crossbows are among the weapons used. It is governed by Target Shooting Ireland, and is the Olympic Sport.

Target Shooting Ireland:

TSI Fingal SC Airgun Open (Seasons): 2018

Picture Credit: Pexels Free Photos