All-Ireland glory for Co Louth

MEMBERS of Cooley Active Retirement Association has brought All-Ireland glory back to Co Louth after winning a top prize in a national bowls tournament.

MEMBERS of Cooley Active Retirement Association has brought All-Ireland glory back to Co Louth after winning a top prize in a national bowls tournament.

The Cooley members at the event - which was held in Castlebar, Co Mayo - included James Carroll, Nicky Hughes, Leo Magee and Alo McGrath.

Now in its second year, the national bowls tournament was organised by Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) and more than 400 retired men and women participated in the event.

Competitors, who ranged in age from 55 to 90, played in mixed teams of four and competed for the Breaffy Perpetual Cup and the Active Retirement Ireland Plate in two separate competitions, one for big bowls and one for small.

Members of Cooley Active Retirement Association won the Breaffy Perpetual Cup in the big bowls competition, playing against Kingscourt Active Retirement Association from Co Cavan.

Maureen Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Active Retirement Ireland, congratulated the members from Cooley Active Retirement Association for winning the top prize in the big bowls competition.

She also highlighted that society needs to do more to encourage participation in sports amongst people of all ages.

The ARI National Bowls Tournament ended with a gala ball, at which Minister of State for Tourism and Sport and Mayo TD Michael Ring was the special guest. During the event, he presented awards to Cooley Active Retirement Association.