Our condolences


The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our condolences to our Secretary Gillian Rolston and player Neil McKelvey on the death of their father Billy McKelvey also Grandfather to U23 player Aaron Rolston.

Billy passed away suddenly late on Friday night 12th March.

Our thoughts are with the whole family circle at this very sad time. 

2021 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN APRIL/MAY CALLED OFF


Dear Members

It is with a sad heart that we must inform you that due to the Covid 19 restrictions which are imposed on the venue,
  1. 24 tables instead of 40
  2. No spectators (not even other team members) only players
  3. Travel restrictions and quarantine measures
we will have to postpone the European Championships, we are awaiting for the venue to give us dates for possibly summer or autumn months, once they come back to us, we will communicate it to you, in the meanwhile we invite any Nation to submit proposals for the possibility of hosting the Championships in the latter half of the year and also we open up the bids for the 2022 Nations Cup in April/May

Regards

EBA Executive Committee 

OUR CONDOLENCES

The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Alan Henry who passed away today 6th January after a short illness. Alan, from Ballymena, was a highly respected Manager of the Northern Ireland Mens 'A' Team and part of our Committee during the mid to late 1980s and will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with the whole family circle.

OUR CONDOLENCES


The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our condolences to NIPA member Michael Wilson from Ballynure on the passing of his father Dessie on Sunday 15th November.

You are in our thoughts at this very sad time Michael

CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED


Hi all 

It will probably be of no surprise to you that the 2020-2021 Northern Ireland Individuals (all categories) are now cancelled. The Championships were due to be held in late October and early November in Antrim Sports Club.

Everyone who paid by PayPal will receive a full refund of all fees paid over the next couple of days.

Could anyone who paid their fees by Bank Transfer please send their Name, Sort Code and Account Number to Gillian Rolston on Messenger to receive their refunds.

We are all gutted and can only hope we will all get back to playing Pool in the not too distant future.

Meanwhile everyone take care


NIPA Committee - Pauline, Gillian, Wayne

The 2020 - 2021 NORTHERN IRELAND INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

*** PLEASE NOTE AMENDED DATES ***

We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed arrangements for the 2020-2021 Northern Ireland Individual Blackball Championships which were originally postponed due to the Covid 19 Virus. Obviously these dates are dependent on the ongoing situation in the country and guidance from Stormont.




OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES


Yet again we have to offer our condolences to the loved ones of one of the NI Pool family. Rosemary Taggart, who was a constant attendee at Northern Ireland Special Pool events at home and abroad supporting her daughter Valerie, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22nd. 

Our thoughts are with the whole family circle at this very sad time. 

In the photo Rosemary (right) with daughter Valerie. Rosemary was a huge part of Valerie's successes in winning multiple titles at World, European and National level 

OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES

The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jason McBride from Ballycastle who passed away suddenly on Sunday 20th September. 

Jason, 35, played in our Learning Disabilities Section and represented Northern Ireland proudly on many occasions. He will be sadly missed at events at home and further afield.

Thinking of the the family circle at this very sad time.





OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES

 

The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Ballymena's Corey-Lee Brett on the recent passing of his partner Shaciara McDowell aged 18 years.

Our thoughts are very much with you Corey-Lee and the entire family circle at this very sad time.

LODGE WEEKEND CANCELLED

ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you know that a decision has been taken to cancel the Northern Ireland Individual Championships & Willie Lucas Super 7s weekend due to be held in the Lodge Hotel from 23-25th October. With the current Covid 19 restrictions and legislation and continued uncertainty, it would just not be feasible to hold this as planned.

We are currently looking at all other options and we will update you as soon as we can but the safety of our members has to be paramount.

Anyone who had booked a room in the Lodge Hotel, please cancel as soon as possible as they cannot be sure who all was staying for the competition.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact us via email or private message.

Hope to catch up with you all soon.

 

Gillian (Secretary)


OUR CONDOLENCES

The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our condolences to member Greg Stevenson on the passing of his father Robert on Thursday 13th August.

Robert passed away peacefully at home after a long term illness.

Greg, our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time

OUR CONDOLENCES


The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Mike Leavens on the passing of his wife Jenny today 3oth July after an illness. Jenny represented England for many years on the green baize and also officiated and refereed. Husband Mike was a long time European Blackball Association and Blackball International Committee member. 

Jenny's friendly personality will be very sadly missed at future events.

Our thoughts are with Mike and the wider family circle at this sad time.

 

2021 EBA European Championships


Dates for the 2021 European Championships to be held in Bridlington, England have been confirmed as follows -

MONDAY 26th APRIL to WEDNESDAY 5th MAY

These are the playing days. As soon as we have the breakdown for Unders, Specials, Mens, Ladies, Overs and Wheelchair we will publish them here.

Obviously this event going ahead is dependent on conditions at the time relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

2020 EBA NATIONS CUP OF POOL FOR 'B' TEAMS



The 2020 EBA Nations Cup of Pool for 'B' Teams only is scheduled to take place on the following dates, hosted by the Irish Blackball Association -

Saturday 31st October to Thursday 5th November (6 playing days total)

The venue is the fantastic Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney which previously hosted the 2015 EBA Nations Cup and the 2016 Blackball International World Championship

Players must stay within the Gleneagle complex and book only via the official booking process which will be announced later.



CORONA VIRUS COVID 19


****ANNOUNCEMENT****

Please note that all NIPA events have been postponed until further notice. Anyone who has paid money for the events on Sunday 29th March please contact me and I will send you a refund.
Stay safe everyone and take care.



Gillian Rolston

On behalf of the Executive Committee