Who are we...
The Irish Pool Association are the organisers of eight ball pool events and competitions throughout Ireland.
We compete at international competitions including the Home Internationals, European Championships and World Championships. Our teams have been very successful at all of these competitions, having won several European and World titles in both team and individual competitions.
Now for a little history...
The very first meeting of the I.P.A was held in McCann’s Club House in New Ross, Co. Wexford on the 12th September 1993.The purpose of the meeting was to form a committee which would set up an association that would oversee the running of pool in Ireland.
The following people formed that first committee: Michael Fortune, Thomas Kinsella, Pat Corcoran, Nicky Cahill. John Murray, (these five Wexford men along with four English based players Tony Holgate, Greg Farren, Neil Armstrong, Bill Reynolds represented Ireland in the first World Championships in 1993.) Noel Whelan, Bernard Finnegan and Tommy Wilkinson.
The first A.G.M. was held in the 7th Lock Tavern in Dublin and the inter county league commenced on the 15th January 1995. The association has continued to flourish since those early days with many additional age categories being introduced over the years. At present our ranking events attract upwards of 200 players on a regular basis and our flagship event, The All Ireland Festival of Pool sees 700-800 players a year competing for those elusive titles.