Olympic Skeet Clay Target shooter, Ciarán Hoare from Ballydooley, Donamon, has qualified for next month’s European Championships in Lonato, Italy.
Ciarán transitioned to senior level earlier this year and qualified for the Europeans at an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) event in Dublin recently.
Since qualifying for Europe, Ciarán won the Irish High Gun at the Home Countries International in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone on August 10th in what has been a very succesful first year as a shooter at senior level.
The Donamon shooter will travel to Italy on September 9th for training and practice in advance of the two-day European Championships which take place on September 13th and 14th.
Ciarán’s father and secretary of Oran Shooting Grounds, James Hoare says Ciarán has continued to impress in what is an extremely challenging sport.
“It’s a great achievement. It’s a Catch 22 situation when it comes to funding in that you have to make the top 15 in Europe in order to receive it. He moved to senior this year which is extremely challenging but he’s going in the right direction,” he said.
James also highlighted the support of local sponsors such as David Mulvihill of Mulvihill Firearms in Ballymahon, Co. Longford.
“David has sponsored him over the last few years and this sponsorship has allowed him to train at the level required to attain qualification scores as set down by the ISSF,” he added.
Ciarán, who does all of his training at Oran Shooting Grounds, says his ambition is to get a ranking that would allow him to secure funding for 2020.
“I’m looking forward to it but at the same time I’m going out there with a job to do because that top 15 finish secures funding and allows me to compete next year,” he said.
The 22-year-old who works at Athlone Labs in Ballymurray and plays hurling for Oran hasn’t been phased by his recent transition to the senior ranks and will travel to Italy in good form.
“It’s also good to be going over there on the back of winning the Irish High Gun in Dungannon. The transition to senior has good. I would have been competing with seniors in Ireland as a junior anyway so it feels normal,” he concluded.