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Roe Valley AC’s ground near Banagher Glen
Sunday 23rd March 2014.

The sun was shining when I got myself out of bed and everything looked good for the Hunter Round at Roe Valley AC’s ground near Banagher Glen.. This shoot had been upgraded so that more archers would get a classification score recorded before the Championship shoots later this year. The round consisted of 14 targets shot twice round.

As I drove towards Dungiven I had to pass over the Glenshane Pass I noticed a dark cloud ahead and received a light dusting of snow. Thankfully the dark cloud soon passed and I arrived in glorious sunshine at the shooting ground. I must say that this is a most beautiful private wood with daffodils gently nodding in the light breeze. Conditions underfoot were good, bright sunshine with a playful gentle breeze.

It was good to see such a good turnout of enthusiastic archers ready for the challenge. As I walked round the wood it was a delight to hear the laughter of happy archers. It is a long time since laughter was heard on an archery course but it is the aim of NIFAA to have happy archers enjoying good company. Later on the cubs and juniors arrived and set off round the course well supervised by their parents under the watchful eye of Philippe Moison.

As I walked the course taking the occasional photograph and looking at the targets it was good to see the excellent shooting. It is good to see that the archers are beginning to get better with every NIFAA tournament. Way back in 2002 the scores that the IFAF archers returned were truly excellent and I can see that once again our archers are in the ascendant.

The course was well laid out and easy to negotiate the targets were well set even on such a compact course. I think a big round of applause should go to Roe Valley AC for putting on such an excellent event and organising the weather.

Happy days! the Longbow Men actually hit the target.
A good crop of spots there.

My favourite shot of the day. It looks very intimidating
Actually it is a very easy shot if you can overcome your fear of losing an arrow.

The "big boys" bagging lots of spots, ... as usual.

Two of the ladies, Linda should have been in the picture
but she zoomed in behind the camera.

Where is the hammer?

Compo, Clegg and Foggy.

Spectators ready for any weather.

The unknown archer was James Tiberius Kirk or William Shatner.

Craigavon Championships
Craigavon Championships the Cubs Targets.

Craigavon Championships Senior Targets.

Craigavon Championships Part of the lineup of participating archers

Craigavon Championships Part 2 of the participating archers

Craigavon Championships: The bus.
Please note that Grór is getting on the wrong bus.

Sunday 2nd March 2014.

Target No 1 at Ardnavalley.
George Shields, David Skillen, and Sean Moore 1st Aid

The Cat. Ardnavalley

Workers. Ardnavalley

Target No 3 Ardnavalley

Two little piggies. Where are they ?? Ardnavalley.

Aah Here they are!

Those who can do it, Get on with it.

First Aid Officer

29th September 2013.

After a week of heavy rain, the weather for the first NIFAA Hunter Championship on the 29th September changed to fair and pleasant for the archers who attended from both North and South Ireland to enjoy a great day of shooting and the usual good ‘craic’. A big thank you to Philippe Moison and the members of Roe Valley A.C. for laying what was a very compact, yet challenging course consisting of 28 Hunter faces set to International standard. Shooting commenced at 10.45 with 17 groups of archers including the two ‘Cub Groups’ under supervision of qualified CP archers heading into the forest after everyone had enjoyed their tea, coffee and ‘bacon baps’ provided by NIFAA caterers. As per normal at NIFAA events, many of the targets had been placed in such a manner as to offer the archer a real challenge yet provided easy access for our ‘Chair’ archers.

As all archers passed the halfway point they took the opportunity to have a rest and enjoy the food tent where once again the BBQ was fantastic with a variety of hot food, tea, coffee, and cold drinks on offer, there were even ‘free crisps’ donated by Craigavon AC.

The day concluded with the medal ceremony where many new Northern Ireland records were set and PB achieved. The results will be on the NIFAA facebook shortly. Thank you to all who attended and especially our new members who ‘dived straight in at the deep end’ and came out smiling. Our next event will be 2D Animal Round (Non Classification event) at Take a Bow AC, Loughry College, Cookstown on Saturday 19th October 2013, details on Web and facebook.

You can just show up on the day but if possible please let us know you are coming by E-Mailing to reduce time in allocating groups and ensure a place as NIFAA membership is increasing at a rapid rate. See you all there.

NIFAA Committee.


My first outing, loved it.



Some faces from the NIFAA FIELD/3D ARCHERY CHAMPIONSHIP. Loughry College, Cookstown.

Linda advertising WPFG

fund raising shoot at Dee's home.
Sunday 19th May 2013.
On Sunday 19 May – the last day of the national Brain Injury Awareness Week, the Shannon family hosted a “Cakes and Cookies” charity archery shoot to raise money for the Child Brain Injury Trust. It was a fantastic day and was supported by over 60 archers and 20 helpers and stewards. 18 targets over beautiful countryside and for once, seasonal weather contributed to it’s success. In total over £1250.00 was raised for the charity – which was gratefully received by Gillian Allen who is the Northern Ireland contact for CBIT.

Many prizes were donated for a fabulous raffle and special thanks must go to the following for making the event so successful:- Downshire Hotel,   Harry’s Bar,   Banbridge Council,   Iveagh Cinema,   Tesco Banbridge,   Hennings Butchers, Brendan Byrne Photographers,   Banbridge Golf Club,   Lena Turner’s Dental Practice Dromore,   The Parson’s Nose Hillsborough,   Lisburn Leisureplex,   Edgewater Caravan Park Minerstown,   Wine Inns,   Joanne Walker and Brendan Campbell - two local artists whose art donations were fiercely sought after. Thanks also go to Banbridge Archery Club,   Greenan Trophies and NIFAA who provided the trophies, equipment and insurance for this very special and popular event.

After all the equipment was brought in – everyone was finally treated to a piece of the AMAZING cake made by master baker and supremo archer – Sean Kealey from Roe Valley Archery Club. The Shannon family would also like to thank all their neighbours and catering corps for the use of their driveways for parking and all the fabulous sweet treats that the archers were treated to. The weather held well despite it being flooded the previous day and overall it was a fantastic event and thanks must go to everyone who made the day such a success.
Over £1250.00 raised.

Sean's Cake "World Family of Archers."


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