The executive committee are pleased to inform you that a grant of €28,500.00 has been provisionally allocated to our association under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme towards the replacement of the ICTSA Olympic trap layout at the National Shooting Ground.
This is a provisional grant allocation and subject to compliance with all the terms and conditions of the programme.
The National Shooting Grounds in Ashbourne was the first place in Ireland and Britain to have an Olympic Trap layout which was installed in May 1968 in preparation for the Mexico 68 Olympic games. This was the first time the ICPSA selected shooters to represent Ireland at the Olympics. The team members were Dermot Kelly (Kilcock) in Olympic Trench, and Arthur McMahon (Naas) and Dr Ger Brady (Dublin) in Olympic Skeet. While the 1968 layout has served our association well, with almost 50 years’ service. The equipment is now obsolete, and its replacement is long overdue. Olympic trap shooting has been the bed rock of the national shooting ground and has been central to its activities over the decades. This funding will contribute significantly to continuing that long tradition and ensure the continuation of our sport at the national shooting grounds in Ashbourne for many years to come.