European Championships 2022 


Meldorf, Germany 

26th to 29th May 

View individual player profiles below (displayed in alphabetical order by last name) 

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Program

Ból Chumann Panels 

SENIOR MEN: Martin Coppinger, David Murphy, Aidan Murphy, James O’ Donovan, Gary Daly, Eamonn Bowen, Michael Bohane, Brian Wilmot, Seamus Sexton, Tom O’Donovan, Thomas Mackle, Tim Young
Coach: Billy McAullife

SENIOR WOMEN: Claire O’ Sullivan, Maria Nagle, Hannah Sexton, Hannah Cronin, Meghan Collins, Ciara Buckley, Emma Fitzpatrick, Kelly Mallon, Siobhan Mackle
Coach: Gretta Cormican 

UNDER 18 BOYS: Darragh Dempsey, Conor Lucey, Jamie Kelleher, Tommy O’ Sullivan, Philip Conlon

UNDER 18 GIRLS: Ellen Sexton, Margaret Sexton, Rachel Kingston, Caoimhe Rafferty

View individual player profiles below (displayed in alphabetical order by last name)  


BOHANE,
Michael

Hails from Caheragh, Carbery division and has won his way to senior ranks from novice grades in the Carbery division. Enjoyed successful years in 2015 and 2019 winning championship events in Ireland. Was a member of Ból Chumann teams 2008 and 2016. Very strong performer who is a regular winner on the tournament circuit


BOWEN,
Eamonn

Comes from Carrignavar, in North East Cork and has been a member of Ból Chumann international teams since Westerstede 2004. Won Gold in Dutch Moors international invitational event in Dinkeland 2010 and was a member of successful Irish teams in 2008 (Cork), 2012 (Pesaro) and 2016 (Ootmarsum). Aged 44


BUCKLEY,
Ciara

From Mallow in North Cork and rising star in Irish Road bowling. Competed with Youths team in Pesaro, Italy and has been national youth’s champion (2011). Ciara’s is appearing at European Championships for the third time


COLLINS,
Meghan

From Crossbarry, Mid Cork division. Leading player in senior ladies’ championships in recent years finalist 2016/18 and 19. Won Gold on the Road in youths’ category at the Pesaro championships 2012. Aged 25, Meghan has been in splendid form at selection trials and looks forward to further honours


CONLON,
Philip

From the Portmor-Blackwatertown Club, Co. Armagh, Philip is a tremendous prospect whose power and accuracy are his hallmark. Won Ulster U18 championship in 2020


COPPINGER, Martin

From Bantry in West Cork a phenomenally powerful exponent who, on his day, can overwhelm even the best. Aged 39, he is a four-time national senior champion. Martin is belatedly making his European Championship bow but is in the peak of form having dominated at the trial selection sessions. Martin was the star performer at the Anniversary games in Garding 2019 winning Gold on the road and Silver in Dutch Moors. He is on a mission to make up for lost time at these championships


CORMICAN, Gretta 

Coach and advisor to Irish Ladies team. Irelands foremost ladies’ player now retired. Will be remembered for winning first Gold Medal for senior ladies at Garding 1984. Competed at many European championships and has been Irish senior ladies champion on seven occasions. Contributes as administrator and photographer also


CRONIN,
Hannah

From Togher Cross, Dunmanway. National champion in U18 grade in 2017. Very impressive in qualifying performance and will be a big player for Ból Chumann ladies. It is Hannah’s first European Championship


DALY,
Gary

From Fermoy, Co. Cork, Gary is a strong commanding player with a sweeping unruffled style. He ranks with the best in senior grades and will be a real contender at these championships. A strong rangy player who features regularly at the business end of championships and major tournaments. Aged 37, Gary has been part of Ból Chumann’s international teams at numerous international events and is making his third European Championship appearance


DEMPSEY, 
Darragh

From Skibbereen in Carbery division, Darragh has enjoyed a productive under-age career thus far. Power, accuracy and a competitive instinct makes him an outstanding prospect. Bowled superbly in qualifying trials. Is nephew of former European competitor, Sandra Dempsey


O' DONOVAN, James

From Bandon, James is making his fourth European Championship appearance. Powerfully strong and athletic, James won the Silver medal in the Dutch Moors event at Ootmarsum after a fierce battle with eventual winner Rob Scholten. James is a versatile all-round athlete. A champion also at Gaelic football and Hurling, James has been on winning Bol Chumann teams at Pesaro 2012 and Ootmarsum. Was member of youth’s team at Westerstede 2004


O' DONOVAN, Tom

From Belgooly and a Ból Chumann star on the rise. First European Championship in adult grades, Tom was a dual medal winner at Ootmarsum achieving bronze medals (youths events) in both Road Bowling and Dutch Moors. Tom is a strong stylish performer who has won regional championships since moving from the under-age sector


FITZPATRICK, 
Emma

Also, from Rosscarbery Emma was on Ból Chumann youths’ team Westerstede 2004 and on senior panel 2008. Competing in her third European Championships Emma has been a leading player in senior ranks since winning national intermediate honours in 2006. Aged 31


KELLEHER,
Jamie

From Rathcoole Mallow. Shone with some excellent performances in the selection trials. Jamie has won championships at regional level and is a stylish exponent of whom much is expected


KINGSTON,
Rachel

From Dunmanway, Rachel has improved by leaps and bounds and is a strong challenger to the Sexton sisters for national honours. Earned her selection for Meldorf with some stirring performances at trials


LUCEY, 
Conor

From Béal na Morrive in the North Cork division. Possesses a splendid loft and very capable all-round player. Regional champion and a very promising exponent


MACKLE, 
Thomas

From Grange, Co. Armagh. His mastery of the road with bullet-like speed allied to precision accuracy can make him unbeatable on his day. Thomas was another from Ból Chumann who shone in the Anniversary games in 2019 and was an important cog on the senior men’s team at Ootmarsum 2016. Mackle is a decorated championship winner having won senior in 2016, intermediate in 2012 and he is a two-time All-Ireland U18 champion. A King of the Roads specialist he is the competitions only four-in-row winner. Age 31


MACKLE-MURPHY, 
Siobhan

From Armagh and bowls with the Tullysaran club, Siobhan is sister of Senior men’s panellist Thomas Mackle, and has been a major presence in Ulster championships since winning national intermediate in 2016


MALLON,
Kelly

From the Madden Club in County Armagh, Kelly is current Irish champion having broken Irish records when winning her ninth national championship in August last year. Also, Queen of the Roads champion seven times. Gold Medal winner in Road Bowling in Cork in 2008 and in brilliant form at the moment. Has enjoyed some wonderful contests with Silke Tulk. Aged 32, Kelly is also champion at Gaelic Football and Camogie with County Armagh


McAULIFFE,
Billy

Coach to men’s senior panel: Billy comes from Glanworth in North Cork and comes from a family steeped in the traditions of bowling. Billy has been ever-present on Ból Chumann international teams since Tuberrgen 1996 when he won a bronze medal in the youth’s Moors event. National junior champion in 2019


MURPHY,
Aidan

Also, from Brinny in the Mid Cork division and comes from a family with a long tradition in the game. Aidan is brother of David, is an accomplished performer in his own right and has been a strong performer at European Championships winning Gold in the Moors event, Pesaro 2012, and silver on the Road, Ootmarsum 2016. Is a two-time All-Ireland senior champion and two-time King of the Roads winner


MURPHY,
David

From Brinny in the Mid Cork division, David is a European Championship specialist. Won Gold in Dutch Moors and silver in German Loft in the youths events here in Meldorf 2000 and in adult competitions has won an unprecedented three-in-row Gold- Medal placing in Road Bowling at 2008, 2012 and 2016 championships. He has won the senior All-Ireland on three occasions and is King of the Road winner on five occasions. Aged 38


NAGLE,
Maria

From Rosscarbery in the Carbery division Maria has enjoyed a chequered career in youths competitions winning national honours in U16 twice 2014/15 and U18 in 2016. Maria claimed the Gold Medal (youths’ section) on the Road at the 15th European Championships held at Ootmarsum, The Netherlands also in 2016


RAFFERTY, Caoimhe

Caoimhe is dual Ulster U16 and U18 champion for 2020 and won national honours in U16. Comes from Kelly Mallon’s home club, Madden, Co. Armagh, and from a well-known bowling family who have represented the province with distinction down through the years


SEXTON,
Ellen

Sister of Margaret and senior panellist, Hannah, Ellen is also making waves at under-age level. She is a dual Munster champion from the 2020 championships having won U16 and U14. Showed she is also a star in the making when defeating strong opponents with big performances at selection trials


SEXTON,
Hannah

From Timoleague Co. Cork. Hannah is has come from youth’s grades to senior in short time. Three-time Irish champion in U18 competitions and current county intermediate champion, Hannah performed brilliantly at selection trials for senior team and possesses a very determined winning attitude. One of family of five sisters who are all accomplished bowlers, Hannah’s elder sister, Katie, competed at youth’s level at Ootmarsum while younger sisters Margaret and Ellen play on current youth’s team. Aged 20


SEXTON,
Margaret

Margaret is from Timoleague another talented thrower in a family of under-age stars. Margaret won Cork U16 championship in 2019 and is focused and determined exponent who will be hard beaten


SEXTON,
Seamus

Comes from Banteer in North Cork and is son the late Seamus Sexton (senior) who was one of Ireland’s greatest performers in European Championships (Gold on the Road, Jever 1974 and Cork ’77). Seamus (Jun) is a European Champion also having won the youths Moors event in spectacular style in Westerstede 2004. Seamus has been playing in senior ranks since 2014 and is now an experienced and competitive performer. Aged 36


O' SULLIVAN, Claire

Comes from Kealkil in West Cork, and very enthusiastic performer who performed really well in trials. Representing Ireland for the second time in European Championships. Claire enjoyed a sensational debut at Ootmarsum when coming second to Silke Tulk in Road Bowling event. In with a real chance of major honours at Meldorf. Claire has represented Ireland in kick-boxing at which discipline she has also won a Silver Medal


O' SULLIVAN, Tommy

Plays out of the South – West division and is current national U16 champion. Tommy is an exceptionally strong performer who will relish the big stage. His brother Jordan competed at youths’ level at Ootmarsum


WILMOT,
Brian

Comes from Bandon and was very impressive in qualifying for Bol Chumann senior men’s team. Brian was an important player for Bol Chumann senior men’s team at Ootmarsum 2016 and retains his place after some spectacular performances. Currently in intermediate ranks, Brian was senior championship runner-up in 2013


YOUNG,
Tim

From Bantry in West Cork from a family with a great bowling tradition. Tim is son of Mick Young, Silver Medallist in Road Bowling at the 2008 hosting in Cork. Aged 41, Tim currently plays in intermediate ranks and is a regular winner of championships in his home West Cork division

Pictures from the County Hall held on the 18th May 

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