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Introduction to Shooting Sports

Shooting has appeared on every Olympic program except St Louis 1904 and Amsterdam 1928. The number and variety of events have changed many times over the Olympiads. Ireland has had a regular and strong presence in the shooting sports at the Olympics going back to early participation in the rifle and shotgun events.

Business like opening from Burnett

Trap shooter Derek Burnett has opened his Olympic campaign with a solid start. 24 targets out of 25 saw him finish well following a single miss on the 19th target. The second round was dogged by heavy rain and dark conditions, not ideal for a sport that relies so heavily on vision. Derek’s second round […]

Burnett’s on target

One of the first athletes into the Olympic village was trap shooter Derek Burnett, accompanied by shooting team leader and coach Kevin Kilty. For the next week Derek will train at the Royal Artillery Barracks shooting venue in Woolwich. Olympic Trap is a shotgun event where a clay target disc is thrown at speeds of […]

Derek Burnett receives place in the Olympic Trap event

The Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association’s – Derek Burnett became the 40th Irish athlete to qualify for London 2012 when the ICPSA received a quota place in the Olympic Trap event. This allocation was based on Burnett’s Bronze medal finish at the 2010 ESC European Championships in Kazan, Russia. The Games in London will be […]

Burnett joint 8th at ISSF World Cup

Ireland’s Derek Burnett reached a season best to finish joint 8th in the Men’s Trap event at the ISSF World Cup Shooting event at Maribor Slovenia. Burnett who along with team mates Wayne Byrne and David Malone competed at the last World Cup event of 2011 which drew a world record attendance of over 592 athletes from 77 countries.

Gary Duff loses out on medal by narrowest of margins.

Atlanta Olympian Gary Duff was narrowly pipped for a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on Tuesday 12th October. Gary who was representing Northern Ireland alongside compatriot Matthew Hall in the Men's 50m Prone Rifle pairs were narrowly beaten by the Australian pairing of Beijing bronze medal and joint World Record holder: Warren Potent and David Clifton by just three centre tens.

London 2012 qualification competitions announced

The International Shooting Sport Federation has announced the 2011 World Cup Series calendar. Shotgun shooters will open the season in Chile, at the beginning of March, while Rifle and Pistol shooters will follow in Sydney, where the only combined World Cup of the season will kick-off on the 21st of March.

Air Rifle Silver in London

Sisters Paula and Laura Cunningham displayed impressive form in the GB 18th Junior International competition at the Lord Robert's Centre in Bisley, London.

European Bronze for shooting

Ireland's three-time Olympian Derek Burnett completed an excellent final to finish in the bronze medal position in the Olympic Trap shooting event at the European Olympic Shooting Championships in Kasan, Russia.

London 2012 Olympic Shooting Ranges

The Shooting venues of the London 2012 Olympic Games have been officially presented at the last ISSF Organizers Workshop in Munich.

World class performance by Murphy at ISSF World Championships

A 7th place finish for Ireland's Philip Murphy on a score of 122 following a very high scoring competition which saw scores of 124, 123 and 122 make the final.
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