Cork Open Backgammon Tournament 2015 a great success

Posted on: 7th April, 2015

Category: Sport & Fitness

Contributor: West Cork People

Clonakilty hosted the inaugural Cork Open Backgammon Tournament in March attracting 64 players from 14 countries including Norway, Japan and the USA.

O’Donovan’s Hotel provided the venue; local woodcraftsman Malcolm McAndrew created the Trophies — a stunning set of turned wooden bowls; and local author David Mitchell donated the raffle prize — a signed set of novels. Sponsorshsip came from Clonakilty Business Solutions, Camusfarm Dexter Beef, and Baan Sujjitra Thai Restaurant.

In the face of some serious International competition, Irish player Shea Mulhall won the Main Tournament defeating UK player Brian Lever in the final. Clonakilty player Oisín O’Sullivan was the most successful of the local participants reaching the final of the Novices Knockout, but eventually defeated by UK player Chris Humble. The raffle raised €350 for Autism Ireland.

The Tournament was organised by Clonakilty Backgammon Club, which meets every Wednesday, from 8 to 10pm in Casey’s Bar, Clonakilty.

Backgammon originated in Persia around 5,000 years ago and combines mathematics, psychology and serendipity into a fast-paced board game. New players are welcome and coaching is offered at all levels.

The Second Cork Open Backgammon Tournament is already filling up for March 4-6, 2016. Book online at

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13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing

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