The dust has settled on what can only be described as a highly successful Irish Championships for
146 competitors... 40 of those from overseas,....England, Scotland, USA, Germany and Denmark...not
to mention the Italian and Spanish guys, based in the UK.
As many will know, organising such an event can be very challenging, even stressful, with work
starting months ago and the pressure really coming on several weeks before the start day. As the co-
ordinator of the event I cannot heap enough praise on the small team that made this happen. Roisin
and Emma, based in Wales, handled the fixtures with what will have seemed like swanlike ease and
grace, but rest assured they never relaxed and they handled every problem thrown at them without
complaint. Such people are invaluable to the successful running of any event. So thank you girls...job
The host club were magnificent as always, but one lady stands alone as the leader of a great group
of active retirement pickleballers. Marian Mooney has been working with me since our first event in
2017 and each year she has pulled out all the stops to perfect and improve the experience for all our
entrants. I personally want to thank Marian for all her great work in co-ordinating her team on the
ground and to praise her for her attention to detail, right down to googling vegan salads to
accommodate some of our guests. They broke the mould the day they made Marian Mooney. I
cannot mention all of Marians team, but it would be remiss of me to ignore the man behind the
woman. Pauric Mooney is a saint among men and has to be singled out for his role over the
weekend. He never questioned the demands of his wife and did sterling work to keep everyone fed
and watered from early morning. Fair play to ya Pauric.
Of course we must thank all of the competitors for helping us make a success of the championships.
The total co-operation, patience and understanding of every player made our job so much easier.
Maybe they were so well looked after, they just hadn’t the heart to complain...so organisers of
future events, take note. Pickleball is only half the job...hospitality is every bit as important.
Well done to all our champions. The quality of play and passion you brought to our courts was a
delight for all to see...no matter what level. Our viewing balcony was packed for the four days of
competition and that is a testimony to what was on display on the courts of Multyfarnham. The
visitors to our event showed us how the sport can be played and should be played, and in time we
will get there. But as one local lady pointed out on the Monday after the dust had settled...”imagine,
this all happened in our little village”.
2020....WHERE AND WHEN? Watch this space.
Marian and Pauric