2014 Open Championship photographs

An album of photos taken by Robert and Padraig at the 2014 Irish Open Championships has been added to the right hand sidebar. For further photographs of the event contact Robert (contact at bottom of photo index pages) or Padraig.

The Open Singles Championship was won by Danny Johnston with Andrew Johnston as runner up. Andrew and his partner David Bent won the Doubles Championship and Andrew also won the Handicap Championship event.

Irish team for World GC Championships

The CAI selectors wish to announce the selection of players for the 2015 World Golf Croquet Championship in New Zealand.

Selected places:
1. Patsy Fitzgerald
2. Ed Cunningham

3. Simon Williams
4. Jack Clingan

Evan Newell has been given an automatic ranking place by the WCF.

Those selected need to confirm they are taking their place by August 31 - 2014

Irish team for GB Test Match

The CAI selectors wish to announce the team and reserves for the upcoming test match against Great Britain.

1. Danny Johnston
2. Andrew Johnston (captain)
3. Simon Williams
4. Patsy Fitzgerald
5. Evan Newell
6. Jack Clingan

Nathaniel Healy
Ronan Rogerson
Gerard Healy

The match takes place at Carrickmines on August 30/31.

Roses of Tralee at Strokestown

On 12 August, Strokestown Park hosted the Tralee Roses during their five-day tour before the selection of the winner. As part of their day the Strokestown Croquet Club invited the Roses to hit a few balls in the Walled Garden. They were enthusiastic players, even in high heels! In the photo below the Roses from left to right are from Cork, Scotland, Dubai, Dublin and Perth.

Croquet at Swinford 2014

On the invitation of the The Swinford Amenity Park a group of players from CAI and Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club hosted Croquet demonstrations on Sunday 29th June 2014.
A report on this demonstration and information on the vision for the development of the game in Swinford and the history of the game there can be viewed at www.croquetireland.com/cai/docs/Swinford-Pride-of-Place-2014.pdf.

Kells Weekend 19-20th July

A group of the countries top players gathered in Kells last weekend to play some competitive croquet in advance of the Irish Championships in August. The matches were played in the idyllic surroundings of Johnsbrook House on what is probably one of the best lawns in the country. There were six participants, including our host Patsy Fitzgerald who had recovered from the wrist injury that forced him out of the World Team Championships in May.

Entries for World Golf Croquet Championships.

The CAI selectors wish to receive notification from any players wishing to be considered for selection at the 2015 World Golf Croquet Championships.

Please contact either Joe McGowan or Andy Johnston to register availability.

The Under-21 GCWC will be held at the United Croquet Club, Christchurch, New Zealand from 1-5 February 2015. The 2015 GCWC will be held at Mount Maunganui Croquet Club and other clubs in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand from 7-15 February 2015.

Photograph update

The photographs of the World Team Championships are now online and can be opened through the link in the righthand column.

The report of the Dublin championships in pdf format with photos can be viewed at

England win 35th Home Internationals

A depleted Irish team travelled to Surbiton Croquet Club in London to attempt to defend their 2013 Home Internationals title on the 14/15th of June. Ireland were left fielding a four-person team after some withdrawals, but were brought up to the full contingent of five for the final match against Scotland thanks to the appearance of Charlie Von Schmieder on the Sunday.

Irish Championships Application Form available

The entry form for the Croquet Championships of Ireland 2014 is now available. It will be played a Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club from 2nd to 9th August. All croquet players are encouraged to enter and there competitions for all levels. Although the main competitions are Association Croquet there will be a Golf Croquet competition during the week to ensure there is something for everyone.
Do enter and play this year and also come along to see the top Irish players in action.
Application forms can be downloaded from the link above in the special enemy's box of from

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