Darts classic raises funds

Sweeney Memorial success

Published 28/07/2015 | 00:00

Damien Mangan, Daire Crosbie and Mark Devereux took part in the John Sweeney Classic
Damien Mangan, Daire Crosbie and Mark Devereux took part in the John Sweeney Classic

The recent John Sweeney Darts Classic proved to be biggest one yet, with 64 players turning up in the Riverside Park Hotel for the charity event.

The tournament, which is now in its third year, was set up in memory of John Sweeney from Barntown.

This year's event raised over €3,000 for Crumlin Children's Hospital, a figure that organisers say they are 'ecstatic' with.

'We couldn't be any happier,' said Dave Ryan, one of the main organisers of the event and a good friend of the late John Sweeney.

According to Dave, the event is becoming increasingly popular. This year, 56 men and eight women registered to play in the tournament, including renowned darts player Micky Mansell. Mansell travelled from Northern Ireland for the tournament, picking up first prize.

To date, the John Sweeney Darts Classic has raised over €8,500 for Crumlin, a cause 'close to the hearts' of John Sweeney's family.

According to Dave, the event wouldn't be as successful without the help of many local businesses who sponsor the event and offer spot prizes.

'We would be lost without them,' he added.

Dave also commended the efforts of the other members of the organising committee, which he decided to set up this year.

With their help, he expects the event to become 'bigger and bigger' and hopes to continue it as an annual event.

Wexford People

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