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ICPSA History 1927-2016 (updated 12-12-2016)

November 28, 2016

Summary History of the ICPSA . . . NGB for Clay Shooting . . .

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   Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association  


              A summary history    1927 – 2016

                            © Copyright  ICPSA        last updated:    12-12-2016         

Featured photo on the left is of
Ian O’Sullivan,  World Champion – Junior, 2014,  ISSF  Olympic Trap
and winner of a World Championship Bronze Medal in 2015
As a senior, winner of the British Grand Prix Olympic Trap 2016 (Seniors) beating the RIO Bronze Medalist Ed Ling on the way.




This summary history is arranged in chronological sequence    from    1927    through to 2016.


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ICPSA  –  Formation and early years:    

1927:  A well attended meeting of delegates from many clay pigeon clubs was held on Friday 8th July 1927 in Jury’s Hotel, Dublin to form an All-Ireland Clay Pigeon Shooting Association. The meeting was chaired by Mr Noel W Taylor of the Dublin Metropolitan Gun Club (D.M.G.C) and amongst those present were Mr W. Hunt (Munster GC),  Mr J. McDermott (Maynooth GC),  Mr C. F. Crowley (Ballina GC),  Mr E. Doyle (Baltinglass GC),  Mr A. McDonogh (Charleville GC), and Dr. F Kane (Rogerstown GC).

Mr James Johnston was elected as the Honorary Secretary and after lengthy discussions it was decided to establish an executive committee and to entrust DMGC with the drawing up of the Articles of Association, following which, the meeting was adjourned until later in the year when the Articles of Association would be presented and finalized.

On Saturday 17th September 1927 a second meeting was held at Jury’s Hotel. This meeting was also well attended and was chaired by Mr W. H. Cobbe (Mountmellick GC). The objective of the meeting was to endorse the decision arrived at on 8th July to form an All-Ireland Association.  The Articles of Association plus the draft rules, as drawn up by the Dublin Metropolitan Gun Club, were adopted with some minor alterations and copies were issued to all participating clubs.

An initial committee was elected where in addition to Mr James Johnston as Honorary Secretary, Mr W. Boydell (Ticknock GC) was elected as Honorary Treasurer, with Mr N. Taylor and Mr D. Stewart (DMGC) also on the committee.
The affiliation fee was set at £3-3s-0d.

Letters of support approving the aims and activities of the new association from clubs who were unable to attend on the night were read out and these included Ballintotty GC (Nenagh) and Ballinhinch GC.
A fixtures table was drawn up for 1928 covering the months from March to October, which was then considered the Clay Bird shooting season.

1927      Competition at Ticknock, Co. Dublin,    near the Lamb Doyle’s          (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)



1927:  Sunday 15th May.
Photo at the opening shoot of the season at the Dublin Metropolitan Gun Club (DMGC) at the Red Cow Grounds, Clondalkin.

Front Row: Sitting:
L-R:  T. Perry (Crumlin),  F. Perry (Crumlin),  N. W. Taylor,  W. P. Bates,  John R. Evans,   x. McIvor,  W. J. Matson

Second Row:
L-R:   E. Wynne,  E. Malcolm,  P. Garnett,  W. Fullerton,  J.J. Halpin,  P. T. Stewart,  J.J. Haydock (Hon. Treasurer),  F. Foley
.                                                    (missing a name)

Back Row:
L-R:   J.J. Johnston (Hon. Secretary),  F. A. Cranshaw – Irish Rep. Nobel Industries,  William Wynne
.                                                    (missing a name)                                 



1927:   National Championships (Gold Cup):     (a First)
On Thursday and Friday, 4 and 5 August 1927, a two day competition was held at the Dublin Metropolitan Gun Club’s Grounds at the Red Cow, Clondalkin, where the Nobel Challenge Trophy (also known as the Gold Cup) was competed for, for the first time ever.

The Championship was won by J. R. Evans of Sandymount, who was presented with the Nobel Challenge Trophy (Gold Cup) and a gold medal.  The runner-up was N. W. Taylor (DGC), with J. Good (Cork) in third place.

J. R. Evans  first winner of the “Gold Cup” 1927


 Photo of the Gold Medal presented to J. R. Evans Friday 5 Aug 1927

(Photo is courtesy of his great-grand daughter who emailed it Oct 2015)


1928:  The Dublin Metropolitan Gun Club (DMGC) held their opening practice of the year on Saturday 3rd March 1928 at their well-equipped grounds at the Red Cow, Clondalkin.   Results on the day were promising with shooters like J. R. Evans of Sandymount making 85%, J. W. McCririck (Scotland based) making 89% and others like F. Perry, H. Clarke, N. Harvey and S. Sheill putting in credible scores.   With this promising beginning it was hoped that the club would do well in the upcoming opening tournament of the season on Sunday 18th March.

1928  –  First  International Team:
In 1928 the ICPSA selected the first ever clay pigeon shooting team, to represent Ireland internationally.
The Team travelled to Perthshire to compete at the International Championships on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March.

Members of the Ireland International Team were J. R. Evans,  N. Taylor,  F. Perry,  JJ Haydock,  J. Johnston,  L. Keegan,  N. Harvey,  H. Clarke.  WP Bates,  E. Wynne,  Comdt. J. Hannon,  E. Johnson,  F. Skimming,  W. Burke,  E & J McCormack,  John Darragh,  Dr.Wagner,  P. Hedge and J. Fleming.
The Tournament was won by Scotland.


On 1st April 1928, the Newbridge Gun Club held a very successful shoot at their grounds at Great Connell, Newbridge, where they staged four different events.

Event A:  The Open Sweepstakes, 10 bird, single rise, improved Scotch system of scoring:
In 1st Place was J. W. McCririck (DMGC) (scratch) with 100 points;  in 2nd place was Mr. Pepper (Maynooth GC) with 80 points; in 3rd place was F. Perry (DMGC) with 75 points.

Event B:  The Open Handicap, 10 bird, single rise, improved Scotch system of scoring:
The following guns scored possibles – 100 points, H. Clarke, N. Taylor of DMGC, Messrs. McCaul, Jones,  Markey of Newbridge GC, and F. Pepper and J. McDermott of Maynooth GC.   After a shoot-off, 1st place went to J. McCaul and 2nd place to J. McDermott.

Event C:  The open handicap, 10 bird, single rise, 2 double rise.
F. Pepper and M. McDermott were 1st and 2nd respectively.

Event D:  Open Sweepstakes, 10 bird single rise:
Messrs. Pepper and Jones were 1st and 2nd respectively.


1928:   National Championships  ( Gold Cup ):
On Whit Sunday and Monday May 1928, the National Championships were held at St. Patricks Shooting Grounds, Ravenscourt, Cork. The event was hosted by the Munster Clay Pigeon Shooting Provincial Association.

Gold Cup:
The Nobel Challenge Trophy (the Gold Cup) was defended by the 1927 winner J. R. Evans and was won by D. Duggan of Douglas in Cork.

Results of other Competitions on the day:
Inter-County Club Competition:
1 – Munster Clay Pigeon Association
2 – Dublin Metropolitan Gun Club

The Muskerry Competition:
1 – J. R. Creadon
2 – G. Good,  after a tie with J. Coakley

The Lee Competition:
1 – D. Clare, after a tie with P. Duggan

Tramore Competition:
1 – B. McMullen
2 – G. Coakley

North Bride Competition:
1 – G. Styles
2 – J. R. Evans

South Bride Competition:
1 – J. Hart
2 – J. Studdert

Dyke Competition:
1 – Commandant J. Hannon
2 – G. Stanton

Glanmire Competition:
1 – C. Naughton
2 – G. Dwyer


1928  –  First  Inter-Provincial Competitions:
In 1928 the first Inter-Provincial competition held under the auspices of the ICPSA took place at the Ballintotty (Nenagh) Club on Sunday 15th July.
There were 90 shooters present and the result was Leinster 243 points and Munster 240 points.
One of the notable features of Ballintotty at that time was an 80 ft. tower.

On the day the Munster Team was made up of Messrs. M. J. Hunt, P. Duggan, G. Good, Dr. Duggan, D.J. Duggan, Dr. Cagney, O’Connell, Tuthill and O’Doherty (all from Cork); Jim Hannon from Limerick and Reynolds, Mounsey, Andrews, Andrews, Studdert and Ryan from Nenagh.

The Leinster Team was made up of Messrs. Dennis, Scully, Stewart, Shiel, Henshaw, Keogh, Adamson, Perry, Hay, McDermott, Foley, Clarke, Healy, Pepper, Flood, Perry, Wynne, Frayne and Keegan.
A number of team events (teams of five) were also hosted on the day, as well as a special 16 bore challenge match which resulted in the Munster Five beating the Leinster Five by 2 points.


1928  –  First   North  v  South   Competition:
Apart from the scheduled registered shoots at the various clubs, a special North-v-South competition was held on 26th September 1928 at the Belfast Gun Club grounds at Ligoniel, with a view to selecting the first All-Ireland team to shoot against England and Scotland at the following year’s International.  The North-v-South competition rules were that each team consisted of 20 guns, best 18 to count, 25 birds per gun, both barrels, kills to count. A trophy and gold medals for this event was presented by Imperial Chemical Industries Limited (ICI).


1928     First   North-v-South   Competition,  held at Ligoniel          (Photograph courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)



The 1928  North-v-South  Scores:

   Name        (Club)                 Score

 Squad 1-South:

J. R. Evans (DMGC) Captain22

 F. Perry   (Dublin)16

L. Keegan (Dublin)18

E. Wynne   (Maryborough)21

T. O’Sullivan   (Kilrush)18


 Squad 1-North:

J. Shannon   (Limavady)18

J. A. Campbell   (Limavady)18

B. Campbell   (Limavady)16

R. McWilliams   (Limavady)20

J. Love13


 Squad 2-South:

P. T. Stewart   (Dublin)18

J. Crowley   (Ballina)16

C. Dennis   (Baltinglass)12

Comdt J Hannon  (Limerick)21

F. A. Cranshaw   (Dublin)14


 Squad 2-North:

H. Daylas (Ballynahinch)10

A. Lennox   (Belfast)12

W. J. McCoubrey   (Ballynahinch)15

J. Kane   (Coleraine)12

R. Barr (Dunmurry)10


 Squad 3-South:

H. A. Clarke (Dublin)15

Dr. Shields   (Dublin)16

F. Pepper   (Maynooth)14

P. Frayne   (Maynooth)20

J. Mooney   (Maynooth)17


 Squad 3-North:

H. Bell (Belfast)11

J. Fagan (Belfast)19

T. Barfoot   (Belfast)22

J. Lennon   (Belfast)18

P. J. Short   (Belfast)15


 Squad 4-South:

P. Studdert   (Ennis)18

M. Butterly (Rush)10

J. W. McCririck  (Dublin)24


 Squad 4-North:

W. Carson   (Belfast)16

J. A. Stewart   (Belfast)14

C. Elliott   (Belfast)20


South  Total    (best 18)310

North  Total     (best 18)279


1928:    Pat O’Callaghan won an Olympic Gold Medal for Hammer Throwing in the Olympics at Amsteram.
Later, as a Clay Shooter he competed in registered shoots around the country.


1928  – Pat O’Callaghan  – Olympic Gold Medalist – Hammer Throwing




1929:   In March 1929 the All-Ireland team selected after the North-v-South competition (Sept-1928) travelled to Inverness to shoot against England and Scotland where it was the English team captained by C. Lucas who won on the day followed by Scotland 2ndand Ireland 3rd.

1929     Some members of the  Ireland Team preparing to travel by train to the International in Inverness.  

                                                                             (Photograph courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)


Results of International at Inverness on Thursday 21 March 1929:

IRELAND Team – 1929

W. Burke169

J. McCormack167

T. Glynn167

T. Pepper (Captain)161

C. J. Good161

H. Clarke154

D. Lynch149

P. Stewart141

J. Darragh132

B. Campbell131

W. Shannon130

E. Wynne130

F. Perry129

P. Frayne126

F. McKearney121

Commandant J. Hannon119

Sgt. Cooper113

D. Duggan110

A. Elliott110

J. Campbell104

W. Twanley104

F. Short102

L. Keegan101

C. R. Crowley100


Net Score (best 20)  – 3rd 2732




Major Northover185

P. Stanbury184

P. Catterall183

S. Lamber180

J. Roberts180

R. H. Docker175

A. Turner174

W. Hamilton174

C. Lucas (Captain)173

W. Elliott167

H. A. Roberts164

C. E. Elliott164

R. F. Clare161

O. J. Summers160

W. Harris157

E. W. Sheppard153

W. P. Grosvenor152

J. Cook146

H. Luff143

J. W. Hugill141

J. Sedgewick139

M. Young137

J. S. Paul121

Major Eley76


Net Score (best 20)  – 1st 3316




George Frazer178

J. W. McCririck175

D. Brothertod174

D. K. Michie172

T. W. Brockie170

W. S. Campbell168

C. Lamont168

D. Roy Cameron168

J. R. Stevenson167

J. B. Saunderson167

D. Campbell167

D. W. Hanton165

H. G. Gilchrist164

D. Lamont163

C. Robertson161

G. MacDonald160

T. Grierson156

J. Howe150

D. Miller150

R. Kemp149

D. Menzies147

J. Davidson146

A. MacFarlane145

W. MacBean (Captain)141


 Net Score (best 20)  – 2nd3292




1929  National Championships:
The National Championships were held on Sunday 21 July 1929 at Limerick race course, in ideal weather conditions.  The Competitions were conducted under the auspices of the Imperial Chemical Industries – ICI (formerly Nobel Industries).  The Gold Cup (Irish Close) was won by C. Goode of Cork.  The events were supervised by J. McCrirrick, field Captain and referee. The prizes were presented to the winners by Mrs. P. J. Studdert, Corofin.



1929  All Ireland Championships:
The schedule of home fixtures for 1929 ended in August with the All-Ireland Championships being held at the Ticknock GC grounds.
Two separate events were held on Saturday 10th August 1929 where the first was a 50 bird (kills to count) Automatic Trap Championship in two stages of 25 and the second event was the Overhead Sporting Championship with 20 pairs fired from overhead on the front of the quarry.

The results of the Automatic Trap Championship were as follows:
1.  G. A. Scally 50/50
2.  P. J. Keogh 48/50
3.  Jim Hannon 47/50

while the Sporting Championship results were:
1.  G. A. Scally
2.  P. Frayne
3.  T. Henshaw

1929   LR:  G. A. Scally,   P. J. Keogh,  Thomas Henshaw at the All-Ireland Championships at Ticknock GC
.                                                        (Photo courtesy of cutting from the Irish Times  Mon 12 August 1929)



The annual North v South competition took place on Tuesday 28 August 1929 at Ligoniel, Belfast,
and resulted in a win for the South by 49 points. The final score was South – 333 points,  North –  284 points.

1929  North Team:
J. A. Campbell (Captain)
F. Short
W. Lawrence
J. Maxwell
J. Irwin
J. Shannon
J. McMullen
T. Barfoot
H. Douglas
W. Carson
J. A. Stewart
J. Fagan
J. McCann
J. Love
B. Campbell
R. Rankin
G. Clarke
J. MacFarland
G. Stewart
R. McWilliams.

1929  South Team:
Dr. P. J. Keogh (Captain)
T. Glynn
T. Mooney
Commandant J. Hannon
P. Frayne
C. Farrell
E. Wynne
C. P. Stewart
J. J. Pepper
Dr. Sheill
D. Keegan
J. T. Twomey
F. Perry
W. Colgan
E. Bates
F. Andrews
G. Good
T. Kyles
T. Henderson
M. G. A. Scally.

1929    August :     at the  North-v-South   Competition at the Belfast Gun Club

.               L-R:         P. J. Keogh,   Captain of the South Team   and    J. Campbell,   Captain of the North Team. 

                                                                                                                   (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)  


For those interested in trivia from the time, 100 cartridges cost 15/- in 1927, most of the shotguns used were side-by-side, and the “flame tracer” shot-gun cartridge which came on the market in the late 1920’s was considered a great aid in training and teaching.



The 1930’s:   A brief summary and some of the highlights:

During the 30’s the National Executive Committee of the ICPSA usually met weekly at the Dolphin Hotel, Essex Street, Dublin which was more or less their headquarters.

Dolphin Hotel  –  Essex St. Dublin           built originally in 1896

Today the building is no longer a hotel and is used for offices.


1930:  In 1930 the International was held at the West London Shooting Grounds, Perivale, Ealing, London, England on Friday 29thand Saturday 30th March and it consisted of a 100 bird (4 x 25) DTL competition.
Each team consisted of 24 guns plus 1 substitute. A first barrel hit was awarded 2 points with 1 point for a second barrel hit and with the best 20 scores from each team to count.

 1930  –   Photograph of the Ireland team before the fourth International at Perivale, Ealing, London   

                                                                                                            (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)


The team arrived in London on Thursday 28 March 1930 and were met by representatives of the C.P.S.A of which Mr. Rogers was the Secretary.  The results of the tournament were Scotland 3,171,  England 3,161,  Ireland 2,835  and Wales 2,432 points.  The banquet was held on Friday night at Frascati’s and the International trophy was presented to the Captain of Scotland, W. MacBean, by the Admiral of the Fleet, Earl Jellicoe, GCO, OM, GCVO.


The  1930 Ireland team scores are below:

Ireland – 1930L1L2L3L4Total   Place in Photograph above

J. Hannon41444539169

W. Burke35414538159

G. Good38403543156

Dr. Duggan36374139153

T. Pepper41394231153

M. McDermott41403436151

T. Glynn34384136149

D. T. Toomey38333443148

J. McCormack35403439143

E. McKearney35333936143

E. Wynne34354030139

P. Frayne34373531137

T. Crowe28364033137

T. Shannon30333241136

F. Perry37312730135

H. Clarke36373726132

J. Campbell27363133127

Dr. P. J. Keogh403124301252nd Row, 5th from left

J. Hart29362929123

J. Darragh38292431122

B. Campbell34403619119

Dr. S. Shiell35342023112

T. Henshaw15293621101

M. Scally32233312100



1930  International              Photograph of Team Captains                (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)

L-R:        P. J. Keogh – Ireland;                C. Lucas – England;               W. MacBean  – Scotland;       D. M. David  – Wales.



1930  International Team at Westland Row Station before leaving for Perivale    (Below)

Included are: T. Pepper,  Maynooth;   T. Henshaw,  Dublin;  C. G. Goode, Cork;  Commandant Jim Hannon, Cork;  P. Frayne, Maynooth;  J. McDermott, Maynooth;   J. Hart, Cork;  E. Wynne, Maryborough;  D. J. Twomey, Abbeyleix;  E. Stuart, Dublin;  L. Keegan, Dublin;  H. Clarke, Dublin;  T. Crowe, Co. Clare;  F. Perry, Dublin;  and F. A. Cranshaw, Dublin, the Team Manager.                                                                                       (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)




 1930   October   – Competitors in the “Belfast Telegraph”  Cup  Competition at Gilnahirk, Belfast
                                                                                                                          (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)


1931:  INTERNATIONAL    ( a  First )
In 1931 it was Ireland’s turn to host what was then the 5th International (DTL).
This was the first International ever hosted in Ireland.

1931   some members of the Ireland Team  in training for the International.   (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)


The shoot was hosted by the ICPSA at Bray, in the Woodbrook Golf Club Grounds,  on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st March.
Teams from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales took part and as well as the International Championships, open competitions were held on each day.


1931    Above:   Copy of Advertisement
placed by the ICPSA in the Irish Independent
.                                    (click to enlarge)


The three visiting teams arrived on the Thursday evening and were met at the boat by Tom Glynn, Hon. Secretary of the ICPSA and members of the National Committee. The Irish team was made up of shooters from clubs from around the country who had come through the qualifying competitions.

The ICPSA elected J.D. Stuart (who was the traffic manager of the Dublin United Tramway Company) as Field Captain for both days of the Championships and special trains and omnibuses from all parts of the country were arranged to bring the Irish Team, their many supporters and shooting enthusiasts to the event.

A lot of effort went into planning the event with Tom Glynn, the ICPSA’s Honorary Secretary, making arrangements for importation licences to be obtained with ease while the Government waived the fee of £2 as a concession. Support in running the event came from many clubs throughout the country and Dr. H. J. Raverty, president of the then newly formed Bray Gun Club, promised to give the International all the support possible.

Despite the bad weather, large crowds of spectators attended on both days, including Minister Fitzgerald-Kenney (Minister for Justice).
The International Team match was based on teams of 24 shooters.
The final results were:
Scotland –  3,319
England  –  3,277
Ireland    –  3,066
Wales     –  2,773 points.
The trophy for the International Team match was the International Cup presented by the Imperial Chemicals Company Ltd. The first competition for this cup was in 1927 at Carisle when Scotland were the victors, and they succeeded in retaining the honour in the following year in Perth. England were the winners in 1929, but in 1930 Scotland recaptured the cup at Perivale.
So at Bray,  Scotland had become winners for the fourth time out of five.

The other big contest at this International event was the first ever competition for the newly presented Governor General’s Cup. This cup is made of silver and is a replica of one of Ireland’s oldest treasures, the Ardagh Chalice. It was specially commissioned to promote international clay shooting and was sponsored by the Governor-General of Saorstát Éireann, Mr. James McNeill.  It is still competed for today. The first ever winners of this cup were England.


1931    Dr. Raverty of the Bray Gun Club dressed for the weather at the International at Woodbrook.   

                     (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)


1931    Some members of the Scottish Team watch on anxiously, as England were closing the gap.    
                                                                                                   (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)



1931   an England Squad shooting in the Governor Generals Cup Competition at Woodbrook, Bray.


1931    a Scotland Squad shooting in the Governor Generals Cup Competition at Woodbrook, Bray


1931   The famous Percy Stanbury, English Champion at the Pool Stand at the International event at Woodbrook.   

                             (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Independent)



1931   Mr. Fitzgerald-Kenney, The Minister for Justice with Dr. P. J. Keogh, President of the ICPSA at the International.   

                               (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Independent)


The 1931 International Teams were as follows:

Scotland Team: –
W. MacBean (captain)
W. J. Campbell
D. MacNicoll
F. McIntosh
G. L. Caithness
A. McFarlane
T. Grierson
Gregor MacDonald
G. R. Stephenson
D. W. Hanton
D. Campbell
D. R. Cameron
D. K. Michie
W. Robertson
A. Grierson
J. W. McCririck
E. Ormiston
D. Davidson
J. Howe
T. McLellan
Donald Lamont
George Fraser
John McLeish
D. McLaren

A. P. McAinsh
L. Littlejohn
J. C. Snodgrass

England Team: –
C. Lucas (captain)
J. Roberts
H. R. Northover
E. Elliott
A. Turner
S. A. Huddlestone
P. Catteral
C. H. Champion
C. B. Bass
W. Hetherington
D. gregory
P. Stanbury
W. E. Harriss
W. M. Hamilton
M. Young
A. Banber
E. J. Noakes
T. S. Barkell
J. W. Hugill
H. G. Ely
C. G. Fry
W. Ford
E. Hill
J. H. Chick
T. L. Edwards.

Wales Team: –
D. M. David (captain)
T. H. Hughes
J. Telford
H. Mountfield
J. R. Evans
C. Palmer
Tudor Williams
T. A. Henstock
H. J. Thomas
W. Tucker
J. John
W. M. Jones
J. Ellis
H. G. Jones
W. R. Williams
J. J. Davies
W. Teague
T. Davies
C. Davies
H. Jones
W. P. Jenkins
D. Daniels
W. M. Davies
N. Withers
J. M. Goodwin.

Ireland Team: –
Dr. P. J. Keogh (captain)
Spenser Sheill
M. G. A. Scally
F. Perry
T. Glynn
J. D. Stuart
E. Stuart
L. Keegan
J. Henshaw (all previous, from Dublin);
P. Freyne
J. McDermott
C. Farrell (all of Maynooth GC);
D. J. Twomey (of Abbeyleix);
E. Wynne (of Portlaoise);
Commandant Jim Hannon
J. C. Good
M. J. Hunt
Dr. Duggan (of Cork);
E. Studdert,
T. Crowe,
E. J. Gleeson (of Clare);
J. McCormack (of Galway and Kingussie);
J. Campbell
J. Shannon (of Limavady).

The reserves were
G. Cahill (of Cork)
F. Perry (of Dublin)
T. Campbell (of Limavady)
W. Bates (of Dublin)
J. O’Connell (of Cork).


On the Saturday evening the teams were entertained to a banquet at the Dolphin Hotel and among those present were  W.T. Cosgrave, President of the Free State,  Minister Fitzgerald-Kenney, Minister of Justice;  General Richard Mulcahy, Minister of Local Government;  the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Deputy T. A. Finlay, KC., T.D.

Dr. P. J. Keogh, the then president of the ICPSA, presided over the evening and proposed the toast of “Éire” and in response President Cosgrave extended a warm welcome to the visitors from England, Scotland and Wales.


1931   President W. T. Cosgrave (extreme right) presenting the International Cup to W. MacBean, Captain of Scotland (2nd from Left).  Also in the photo is Dr. P.J. Keogh, Captain of Ireland (on the left) and C. Lucas, Captain of England.
                                                                                                                         (Photo courtesy of cutting from The Irish Times)

Following this Tournament, at the 2nd weekly meeting in April of the ICPSA National Committee in the Dolphin Hotel, the Honorary Secretary Mr T. Glynn read out letters of thanks and congratulation from English, Scottish and Welsh competitors with regard to the excellent arrangements for the International Clay Pigeon competition held at Woodbrook, Bray.

Also in April, the Dublin Gun Club opened a new shooting grounds at Kill o’the Grange where they planned to erect a pavilion, a tower for rocketing “pheasants” and butts for “driven partridge”.




1931   Photograph showing Fr. K. Brady C.C. shooting for the Bray GC against the Dublin GC
in the Inter-Club League Competition on Sunday 30 July 1931.    (photo courtesy of cutting from Irish Times)


1931   Gold Cup
The annual competition for the ICI Gold Cup and the Inter County Championships were held at the Show Grounds, Ennis on Sunday 12 July 1931, when  35 guns took part from Westmeath, Cork, Galway, Dublin, Tipperary and Limerick.
Commandant J. Hannon, the holder of the Gold Cup, had “hard luck” and was beaten by J. D. Cahill, a recruit to the sport who had made great progress in the year. T. Crowe of Dromore took third place and E. C. Gleeson of Killaloe fourth.  Miss F. Healy was the official scorer and T. Studdert was the referee.

Gold Cup Results:
1 – J. D. Cahill (Cork)
2 – J. Hannon Commandant
3 – T. Crowe (Dromore, Clare)
4 – E. G. Gleeson (Killaloe)
5 – G. McMahon  (Ennis)
6 – Sgt. Murray (Quin)
6 – Dr. McDonnell (Athlone)
8 – J. M. Coffey (Limerick)

ICI Inter County Championship – Results
Winners: The Clare team won the trophy;
The Clare team was captained by Cmdt. J. Hannon, and was made up of  E. C. Gleeson, T. Crowe, The O’D, Blake Foster and R. Killoughery.


1931:   North v South  and the National Championships
The North v South and National Championships were held on Monday 3 August 1931 at Kill O’the Grange.

North  v  South:
South – 215 points;  North 179 points


1931  IRISH OPEN – DTL   Single Rise Championship:
– High Gun             – F. Perry (Dublin GC)
– 2nd                        – F. Lane (Dun Laoghaire)
– 3rd                         – J. Shannon (Limavady)
– 4th                          – T. Freyne (Maynooth)
– 5th                          – J. McCann (Belfast)


1931  Double Rise Championship of Ireland  (IRISH OPEN):  
– High Gun            – T. Crowe  (Dromore, Clare)
– 2nd                        –  Comm. J. Hannon (Cork)
– 3rd                         –  J. W. McCririck  (Dublin GC)


1931  Novice Championship of Ireland:
– High Gun            – Miss Emily Foote (Clare)
– 2nd                       – J. P. Wallace (Mullingar)


1931  Irish Grand Prix  (Open Handicap):
Class A:
1 – Cmdt. Jim Hannon  (5)    100
2 – T. Glynn                   (10)  98
3 – J. W. McCririck (Scr)      96



1932:   DTL  International:
In 1932, the International was held in Rhyl, North Wales, and the Inter-Provincial was held at the Exhibition Grounds, Cork where Munster beat Leinster by 120 points to 101.

1932  Clondalkin: 
The Garda  Championships in connection with Gardai week was held at Clondalkin on Sunday 15 June 1932.
Tommy Glynn (Dublin Castle) won both the Single Rise DTL and Double Rise DTL for the second successive year.

20 bird Single Rise Championships
1.  T. Glynn (Dublin Castle)  175
2.  D. J. Toomey (Roscommon)   170
3.  P. J. Gordon (Cork)  170

10 Bird Double Rise Championships
1.  T. Glynn  (Dublin Castle)  80
2.  P. Nolan  (Wexford)  70
3.  M. Tuohy  (Tullow)  40

10 Bird Single Rise Handicap
1.  G. M. Ryan (Marborough)  30  (after shoot-off)
2.  M. Tuohy  (Tullow)  30


1932   Another First:
This year saw Ireland gained its first victory in international Clay pigeon shooting by winning the Governor-General’s Cup at Kill o’ the Grange when they beat England by a narrow margin of 424 points to 419. The Lord Mayor of Dublin presented the cup to the Ireland Captain, Dr. P.J. Keogh.


1933:   At the ICPSA AGM on 6th March 1933 in the Dolphin Hotel, the Honorary Secretary Mr Tom Glynn announced that during the previous year new clubs had been formed in Galway, Kildare and Dublin and that the Garda Siochana were now affiliating a club.

Dr. P.J. Keogh said that a Leinster League had been formed and it was hoped that the other provinces would follow suit. The Leinster League rules stated that there would be two points for a win and one point for second and that open shoots could also be held at these events.  Also at the AGM Mr T. A Crowe, of Co Clare G.C was unanimously elected as Vice-President of the ICPSA and the following fixtures were made:-

May 7            –               Dublin G.C (at home)   v  Maynooth and the Irish Sporting GC
May 21          –               I.S.P.G.C (at home)  v  D.G.C and Maynooth
June 11         –                Maynooth (at home)   v   I .S.P.G and Dublin G.C
May13 and 27               North  v  South   Shoot at Belfast.
June 23-24                   International at Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland.


1933     Photo showing Miss Emily Foote from Tubber, Co. Clare competing with  Dr. P. J. Keogh and
Tom Glynn at Cabinteely on 6th August 1933.   (photo courtesy of cutting from Irish Times)

Emily Foote led the way for women in the sport in Ireland. In September of that year she recorded her first competition win at the Dublin Gun Club grounds, against the finest shooters in the country.


1933:    National Championships
Cmdt. Hannon won the Single Rise Championship of Ireland


1933   Annual Garda Championships:
The annual Garda Championships were held at the Irish Sporting Gun Club (ISGC) Grounds, Red Cow, Clondalkin on Thursday 10 August 1933. With excellent weather the scoring was high. T. Glynn, the holder, won the Single Rise Championship (DTL). In the Double Rise Championship, Guard Horgan tied with T. Glynn in the main event and won the shoot off.

In the Inter-Services event, T. Glynn beat Commandant J. Hannon of the Army by two birds after a keen contest.

Dr. P. J. Keogh, President of the I.C.P.S.A. and General W. Murphy were interested spectators, with the latter presenting the prizes. C. Andrews (Killaloe) refereed.

Detailed Results of Garda Championships:
Single Rise Championship (kills to count)
1.  T. Glynn (The Castle)
2.  Sgt. J. Murray (Quin, Co. Clare)
3.  Guard P. Nolan (Wexford)
4.  Sgt. C. Tully (Cuffe’s Grange)
5.  Guard M. R. Horgan (Depot)

Double Rise Championship:
1.  Guard M. Horgan
2.  T. Glynn

Inter-Services’ Competition:
1.  T. Glynn (Garda)
2.  Commandant J. Hannon (Army)

Handicap Match:
Glynn and Sgt. Murray tied for first place with 90,
Murray winning on a toss;
C. Andrews (Killaloe) was third on 84.



1934:   The AGM was held on Sat 10 March 1934 at the Dolphin Hotel, with the Hon. President, P. J. Keogh in the chair.
The following officers were re-elected.
Hon. President  – P. J. Keogh
Hon. Secretary  –  T. Glynn
Hon. treasurer  –  Des Smyth
Hon. Organiser – R. H. Lane

The following people were appointed as a committee of ways and means in regard to handicapping:
Dr. Spencer-Sheil (committee chairman) and S. D. Coates,  J. J. McDermott,   J. W. McCririck  and R. H. Lane.
Jack Maxwell and W. M. Wright were appointed official handicappers for the Association re the North.
The Chairman congratulated the Hon. Organiser for his good work during the year.
Limerick G.C were now affiliated and it was hoped to have a new club at New Ross in the very near future.
The fixtures for the national Championships and the Inter-Club League were agreed.
In was announced that the venue for the International in 1935 would be Ireland and it was decided to hold it at Ashtown.

A resolution was adopted, on the motion of Mr. W. P. Bates, condemning the shooting of racing pigeons, either at or away from “shoots”.
Mr. Cranshaw handed in a Cheque for £25 from the Imperial Chemicals Ltd. and thanks were conveyed to the company.
It was stated that Imperial Chemicals had given a trophy to the Association for the League Championships.

The North-v-South Championship was held in the Phoenix Park Racecourse on Saturday 12 May 1934.
The results were South –  321 pts, North – 310 pts, with the South winning by 11 pts.

1934   Competitors at the North-v-South Championship at the Phoenix Park Racecourse


1934:   National Championships
The National Championships were held at the Maynooth Gun Club on 8 July 1934
Cmdt. J. Hannon, the Championship holder,  did not take part due to an injury.

The Championship was won by Dr. de Courcy Wheeler.

Championship Final:
1 – Dr. Wheeler
2 – R. H. Lane


1934     at the National Championships at Maynooth GC                       (photo courtesy of  cutting from Irish times)




1934:    Meeting of the International Council for Clay Pigeon Shooting:

A meeting of the International Council for Clay Pigeon Shooting was held in Dublin on Sat 27 Oct 1934 where it was decided to limit the International Event to three days instead of four as had been the case. It was confirmed that the 1935 International Championships would be held at the Phoenix Park racecourse.

Dr. P. J. Keogh, president of the Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (ICPSA), presided and the following delegates were present:- D. Daniels (Wales), G. M. Foreman (President of the Scottish Association), J. S. Gibson (Secretary of the Scottish Association), T. Glynn (Secretary of the Irish Association) and J. F. Thornton (Organiser of the English Association).



1935:   North v South  

The annual North vs South took place at Ligoniel, Belfast, on Saturday 24 May 1935, in ideal conditions.
The South scored 481 points to the North’s 445 points.
J. Maxwell (Newtownards) was the leading gun for the North and H.Peard was the best for the South.


1935:    International:
In 1935 the ninth annual International event was held at the Phoenix Park over three days, 20, 21 and 22 June, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Three events were decided on the first day, Thursday 20 June 1935, namely
–  the IRISH OPEN Single Rise Championship
–  the Governor-General’s Cup, Team event,
–  the IRISH OPEN Double Rise Championship

In the Single Rise Championship of Ireland - (IRISH OPEN) event, J. W. McCririck, Dublin GC and Scotland, the holder, tied with P. Catterall, of Vale of Lune and England, who had won the title in 1933.  C. Lucas (England) and E. Jenkins (Wales) tied for 3rd place.

Following the shoot-off the result was
1st  –  J. W. McCririck
2nd  –  P. Catterall
3rd  –  C. Lucas
4th  –  E. Jenkins
5th  –  J. Hunt (Ireland)

In the Governor-General’s Cup, of which Ireland were the holders, Wales did not enter a team, but Ireland, England and Scotland put in two teams of 12 each.  England’s “A” Team won the Title.

1- England’s “A” Team,  462 points
2 – Scotland “B”  Team,  436 points
3 – Ireland “A” Team,  435 points
4 – Scotland “A”  Team,  427 points
5 – England’s “B” Team,  426 points
6 – Ireland “B” Team,  401 points


The last event of the day was the Double Rise Championship of Ireland  –  (IRISH OPEN).
This was shot over 20 pairs, scoring 5 points for a Double Kill and 2 points for a Single Kill.

The results were:
1 – T. H. Hughes (Wales) 85
2 – R. B. Smith (Ireland) 78
3 – J. R. Stephenson (Scotland), Major Northover (England), R. Ormiston (Scotland),  Tied on 77 points each.

At the close of day one, the trophies and prizes were presented by Mrs. Keogh, wife of the President of the I.C.P.S.A.

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On Friday 21 June 1935 the main event took place, for the International Challenge Cup.

Teams of 24 competed over 100 birds. The scoring was 2 points for a first barrel kill and 1 point for a second barrel kill.
In splendid weather Scotland, the holders, won by the narrow margin of 9 points.
Scotland had now won the trophy six times to England’s three times, with Ireland and Wales still to register a success.

.                                                                                                                     (photo  courtesy of cutting from Irish Press )


The results were:
Scotland – 3,440,
England  – 3,431,
Ireland    – 3,118 and
Wales      – 3,063 points.
The famous Percy Stanbury (England) was  the overall “High Gun” with 188 points.
High Gun for Scotland  – D. Davidson      –  183
High Gun for Ireland     – J. McDermott   –  178
High Gun for Wales        – J. Jenkins          –  183

Toward the close of the competition Mr. Eamon de Valera, President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State arrived and was met by Dr. P. J. Keogh of the ICPSA. The five leading shots from the four countries took part in an exhibition shoot at 25 birds. The result of the exhibition shoot was P. Stanbury (England) – 25;  J. J. McDermott (Ireland) – 23;  A. Tweedle (Scotland) – 23;  E. Jenkins (Wales) – 22;  and D. Davidson (Scotland) – 21.

Presenting the International Trophy to D. R. Lamont, Captain of Scotland, Mr. de Valera commented that he had not witnessed a Clay Pigeon shoot previously and thought that such competitions were of great value in bringing countries together, for international good will was very important at that time.



1935     Eamon de Valera (right)  presenting the International Trophy to D. Lamont (Scotland)
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1935 International  –   Team Results

         Friday 21 June 1935



D. Davidson183x 200

A. B. Tweddle183x 200

D. R. Lamont   (Captain)182x 200

T. Sim182x 200

J. W. McCririck180x 200

G. McDonald179x 200

J. McLeod179x 200

J. R. Stephenson176x 200

D. W. Hanton173x 200

J. Spiers173x 200

D. K. Michie172x 200

A. N. Other169x 200

W. Wilkie169x 200

D. Campbell168x 200

A. Grierson166x 200

E. Ormston164x 200

W. J. Campbell164x 200

D. Miller160x 200

T. W. Brockie160x 200

W. Fenton158x 200

W. Bullock154x 200

G. L. Caithness153x 200

D. R. Cameron149x 200

F. Mackintosh143x 200



  Net Score (best 20 scores)3440.




P. Stanbury188x 200

L. T. Field187x 200

S. Bamber181x 200

C. Turner180x 200

C. Lucas  (Captain)179x 200

P. Catterall178x 200

M. Northover177x 200

E. Fear175x 200

J. Roberts175x 200

A. S. Clarke172x 200

A. Turner172x 200

W. E. Harns170x 200

E. R. Pursey169x 200

P. Horsfall163x 200

S. H. Huddlestone163x 200

R. H. Baker162x 200

R. W. Lomas161x 200

R. S. Chitty160x 200

W. T. Sable160x 200

W. S. Crumpler159x 200

J. W. Hugill152x 200

T. H. Brown150x 200

C. H. Champion147x 200

A. T. Shorthouse142x 200



  Net Score (best 20 scores)3431.




J. J. McDermott178x 200

H. Peard172x 200

J. McCormack167x 200

P. J. Sinnott163x 200

Comm. J. Hannon162x 200

W. Power162x 200

R. B. Smith160x 200

Dr. De C. Wheeler159x 200

T. Glynn158x 200

H. Campbell158x 200

N. Taylor157x 200

J. Gleeson154x 200

J. Maxwell152x 200

M. J. Hunt150x 200

J. McCann147x 200

J. Campbell146x 200

S. Fleming145x 200

C. Farrell143x 200

C. S. Goode143x 200

S. Sheil142x 200

E. Stuart141x 200

P. Frayne140x 200

D. Smith132x 200

P. J. Keogh  (Captain)130x 200



 Net Score (best 20 scores)3118.




E. Jenkins183x 200

O. Owens166x 200

T. H. Hughes165x 200

D. Daniel164x 200

C. Davies161x 200

T. Williams158x 200

J. Telford155x 200

H. Jones154x 200

J. J. Davies153x 200

J. Ellis152x 200

D. Rees150x 200

T. A. Hanstock149x 200

Dr. Nicholl147x 200

J. Davies147x 200

G. Pearman146x 200

W. M. Jones145x 200

T. A. Hughes144x 200

S. C. Miles143x 200

J. T. Owen141x 200

H. G. Pugh140x 200

R. Edwards139x 200

M. J. Thomas126x 200

D. M. David  (Captain)125x 200

W. M. Davies114x 200



  Net Score (best 20 scores)3,063.




The Single Rise Championship of Great Britain   (British Open)  was held on the Saturday, being shot over 100 birds, single rise, with kills to count. There were 97 competitors and after a close run contest it was won by the holder Percy Stanbury with a 97.
A. Huddlestone (England) was second with a 96.
There was a tie for third place on 91 kills each, between W. Power (Ireland),  J. W. McCririck (Scotland),  E. Jenkins (Wales) and P. Catterall (England).
Apart from crack shooters from Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, strong competition also came from a German representative, Dr. Sack, of Dusseldorf and  C. G. Evans, of Australia, and two ladies, Mrs. Grosvenor, of London and Mrs. H. Peard (Dublin).

Ald. Alfie Byrne, T.D., Lord Mayor of Dublin, in presenting the Trophy and prizes, expressed his pleasure at meeting the visiting competitors and congratulated all on their successes.




1936:   The 9th AGM was held on Monday 6th April 1936 at the Dolphin Hotel, Dublin.
The following officers were elected:
President:-  P. J. Keogh
Hon. Secretary: – Tom Glynn
Hon. treasurer:- Des Smyth

J. J. McDermott
C. Farrell
P. Frayne
S. Coates

The International was planned for Llandridod Wells, Rodnorshire on June 18th, 19th and 20th.


1936   – North v South Championships
For the first time in six years the North beat the South by 256 points to 243 points on the Saturday 23 May 1936, at the Phoenix Park Rececourse.  .

Above is Mrs. Frances Peard, who was the only woman of the South team in the North v South Championship at the phoenix Park on 23 May 1936.
Also included are, W. M Wright, the Captain of the North Team and P. J. Keogh, the Captain of the South Team.


1936 North V South

Saturday 23 May 1936.



North Team   1936Club

J. Maxwell(Newtownards)

J. D Stewart(Belfast)

J. A. Campbell(Limavady)

S. Boyd(Belfast)

G. Clarke(Belfast)

B. Campbell(Limavady)

W. Laurence(Northern)

J. McCann(Lurgan)

M. McEvoy(Lurgan)

T. Barfoot(Belfast)

W. Wright(Newtownards)

H. McConkey(Belfast)

H. McEvoy(Lurgan)

R. Rickaby(Belfast)




J. Gardner(Lurgan)

J. Stewart(Belfast)

R. Watson(Lurgan)



South Team   1936Club

J. J. McDermott(Maynooth)

T. Glynn(I.S.G.C.)

W. Power(Wicklow)

Des. Smyth(I.S.G.C.)

Jas. Smith(Dublin)

J. Hannon(Curragh)

Harry Peard(Dublin)

H. A. Clark(I.S.G.C.)

E. Stuart(I.S.G.C.)

P. Freyne(Maynooth)

Mrs. Frances Peard(Dublin)

W. Craigie(Dublin)

D. Hoey(Dublin)

J. D. Stuart(Dublin)




Dr. De C. Wheeler(Dublin)

P. J. Synnott(Wexford)

P. J. Keogh(Dublin)





1936   IRISH OPEN Single Rise Championship 50


1. J. J. McDermott(Maynooth)45.

2. D. Smyth(I.S.G.C.)45.

3. J. Maxwell(Newtownards)44.



1936  IRISH OPEN Double Rise Championship 10P


1. J. Hannon(Curragh)31.

2. P. J. Synnott(Wexford)28.

3. S. Boyd(Belfast)28.



1936:  International DTL Team  –  heading for the International at LLandridod Wells (Wales)

1936:    Some members of the Ireland International Team at Westland Row Station.

L-R:  F. Cranston;  Commandant Jim Hannon;  S. Scott;  W. Smith;  Tommy Glynn;