CASTLEBLAYNEY MAN IS ALL IRELAND TARGET ARCHERY CHAMPION

19 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

John Keenan, 69, of Annalitten, Castleblayney, has just become both the All Ireland Champion Master Archer at Target archery, and the Irish National Master Champion at Field archery. Target archery consists of shooting 36 arrows at each of four targets set at 30, 50, 70 and 90 metre distances. Field archery involves walking through a forest to find the targets, estimating the size and distance, and then shooting three arrows in each of the 24 targets. The size of the targets range between 8 inches to 32 inches, and the distances between 10 and 60. Metres
John, a member of the Cuchulainn Archery Club, Ardee, took up archery four years ago when he retired from FAS, Monaghan, where he was Community Services Officer. He is believed to be the first person from Co. Monaghan to win a major archery title. The next target in his sights is the All Ireland Indoor Championships that takes place in Dundalk in November.

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