Irish Amateur Championship (snooker)

The Irish Amateur Championship (occasionally known as the Irish National Championship) is an annual snooker competition played in Ireland and is the highest ranking amateur event in Ireland.

Irish Amateur Championship
Tournament information
VenueIvy Room
LocationCarlow
CountryIreland
Established1927; 94 years ago (1927)
Organisation(s)Republic Of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association
FormatAmateur event
Recent edition2019
Current championRepublic of Ireland David Morris

HistoryEdit

The competition was first established back in 1927 which was won by T.H. Fayrey. The championship is currently held by TJ Dowling. 2014 champion Martin McCrudden has won the tournament 4 times and is now the most successful player in the modern era.

Many former champions have gone on to play on the world tour such as Colm Gilcreest, David Morris, Vincent Muldoon, Brendan O'Donoghue, Rodney Goggins and most noticeably Ken Doherty who won the compition in 1987 and 1989 and would go on to become the only former champion to win the World Snooker Championship in 1997 ending Stephen Hendry's run of 5 consecutive World Championship wins.

Currently the only former champions currently playing on the world tour are Ken Doherty and Michael Judge.

WinnersEdit

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Year Winner Runner-up Final score
Amateur event
1931   J. Ayres[3]
1932: Not contested[3]
1933   S. Fenning[3]
1934: Not contested[3]
1935   S. Fenning[3]
1936: Not contested[3]
1937   P. J. O'Connor[3]
1938–1939: Not contested[3]
1940   P. Merrigan[3]
1941: Not contested[3]
1942   P. J. O'Connor[3]
1943: Not contested[3]
1944   S. Fenning[3]
1945–1946: Not contested[3]
1947   C. Downey[3]
1948   P. Merrigan[3]
1949   S. Fenning[3]
1950–1951: Not contested[3]
1952   W. Brown[3]
1953   S. Brooks[3]
1954   S. Fenning[3]
1955   S. Fenning[3]
1956   W. Brown[3]
1957   J. Connolly[3]
1958   G. Gibson[3]
1959–1960: Not contested[3]
1961   W. Brown[3]
1962   J. Weber[3]
1963   J. Rogers[3]
1964   J. Rogers[3]
1965   W. Fields[3]
1966   G. Hanway[3]
1967   Paddy Morgan[3]
1968   G. Hanway[3]
1969   D. Dally[3]
1970   Dessie Sheehan[3]
1971   Dessie Sheehan[3]
1972   J. Rogers[3]
1973   F. Murphy[3]
1974   P. Burke[3]
1975   F. Nathan[3]
1976   P. Burke[3]
1977   J. Clusker[3]
1978   Eugene Hughes[3]
1979   Eugene Hughes[3]
1980   Dessie Sheehan[3]
1981   A. Kearney[3]
1982   Paddy Browne[3]
1983   J. Long[3]
1984   P. Ennis[3]
1985   Gay Burns   Ken Doherty 11–6
1986   Gay Burns   Damien McKiernan 8–3
1987   Ken Doherty   Richard Nolan 8–7
1988   John Buckley   Stephen Murphy 8–7
1989   Ken Doherty   Anthony O'Connor 8–5
1990   Stephen O'Connor   Richie McHugh 8–7
1991   Jason Watson   Joe Canny 8–5
1992   Jason Watson   Douglas Hogan 8–3
1993   Colm Gilcreest   Jason Watson 8–7
1994   Mick Kane   Tom Gleeson 8–4
1995   Tom Gleeson   Paul Ennis 8–5
1996   Joe Canny   Shay Clinton 8–1
1997   TJ Dowling   Garry Hardiman 8–6
1998   TJ Dowling   Douglas Hogan 8–3
1999   Joe Canny   Stanley Murphy 8–3
2000   Rodney Goggins   Garry Hardiman 8–7
2001[4]   Martin McCrudden   Brendan O'Donoghue 8–5
2002   Jason Watson   Tom Gleeson 8–2
2003   Brendan O'Donoghue   Martin McCrudden 8–5
2004   David Morris   Rodney Goggins 8–4
2005   David Morris   Brendan O'Donoghue 8–2
2006   David Morris   Brendan O'Donoghue 8–2
2007   Vincent Muldoon   John Torpey 8–2
2008   Vincent Muldoon   Garry Hardiman 8–4
2009   Martin McCrudden   David Hogan 8–6
2010   Martin McCrudden   Vincent Muldoon 8–6
2011[5]   Jason Devaney   David Hogan 8–6
2012[6]   Vincent Muldoon   Martin McCrudden 10–5
2013[7]   Michael Judge   Robert Redmond 8–5
2014[8]   Martin McCrudden   Michael Judge 7–3
2015[9]   Brendan O'Donoghue   Robert Murphy 7–2
2016[10]   TJ Dowling   Jonathan Williams 7–3
2017[11]   Brendan O'Donoghue   Rodney Goggins 6–3
2018   Michael Judge   Rodney Goggins 6–5
2019   David Morris   Josh Boileau 7–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Irish Amateur Championship History". ribsa.ie. Republic Of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Rep. of Irl. Snooker C/Ship" (PDF). Cork Billiards & Snooker. May 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax Hale, Janice (1987). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987-88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. p. 313. ISBN 0356146901.
  4. ^ "McCrudden takes snooker championship title". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Devaney creates Irish snooker history". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Muldoon Wraps up Season with Irish Championship". snookerhq.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Irish Scene: Judge Wins National Championship". snookerhq.com. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  8. ^ "McCrudden Lands Fourth National Title". snookerhq.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  9. ^ "O'Donoghue Wins Senior Championships". ribsa.ie. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  10. ^ "TJ Dowling claims National Snooker Championship". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Brendan O'Donoghue claims National Snooker Championship". RTÉ. Retrieved 7 May 2017.