Noel O'Callaghan (Fermoy) and Majella Haverty (Castlebar) captured the titles at the 38th Irish Open & 17th Ballinrobe held in Ballinrobe and Castlebar over the weekend of April 9th & 10th
O'Callaghan defeated club-mate Johnny O'Keeney 2 games to 1 in the Men's Singles while Haverty had a 2 nil win over Antonia Neary (Arklow).
It was a great day for the Castlebar club who won all the women's divisions, C/D Singles (Kathleen Conway), Novice Singles (Regina Byrne) and CDNovice Doubles (Kathleen Conway & Fiona Kyne).
Grants to Athletes to compete in International Tournaments.
The Association will continue to provide grants to Irish racquetball athletes who compete in European open tournaments outside of Ireland. The Association will also provide grants to Irish racquetball athletes who compete in tournaments in the Rest of the World (ROW).
In all cases an athlete must be a registered player with the RAI.
See for details. https://www.racquetball.ie/player-registration.html
Applications can be made through the website. https://www.racquetball.ie/players-grant.html
Grants are subject to the state of RAI finances at the time of an athlete's application.
In all cases, the Executive Committee of the Racquetball Association of Ireland makes the decision to provide a grant to athletes. The decision is final and no appeal can be entered into.
A number of new public health measures were announced on December 17th effective from December 20th 2021 to January 30th 2022.
Full details of the announcement can be found here - gov.ie - New public health measures announced - Friday 17 December (www.gov.ie)
In relation to organised sporting events the following apply.
Indoor sporting events will not take place after 8pm. For events happening earlier in the day, attendance should be limited to 50% of venue capacity or 1,000 attendees, whichever is the lower.
The 8pm time restriction does not apply to indoor sports training.This training can continue in line with previous guidance and with protective measures in place ( i.e. use of pods where applicable, cleaning/hygiene, ventilation, mask use etc.).
Due to the recent rise in coronavirus cases, the Association has decided to cancel the All Ireland Junior Uneven Championships on the 27th November and the All Ireland Junior Doubles & Junior B Singles on the 12th December.
Congratulations to our Treasurer Johnny O'Keeney who has been elected to the European Racquetball Federation Executive Committee as Vice President.
The ERF AGM took place today 6th November 2021 via Zoom whereby elections took place. Johnny has been a prominent member of the RAI Executive Committee for a number of years and continues as treasurer. This is the first time he will serve on the European Racquetball Federation Executive Committee.