Founded in 1997, the Leitrim Pool Association’s humble beginnings started with just four members travelling to an Irish Pool Association ranking event in Wexford. Following this event, delegates from Leitrim Pool travelled to the Irish Pool Association’s AGM and ratified Leitrim’s participation in the Irish Pool League. It wasn’t long before Leitrim Pool Players started making an impact on the Irish Pool scene and have since gone on to collect various rankings titles and awards both nationally and internationally and represented Ireland at both the European and World Championships in the Junior, Senior, Ladies and Wheelchair categories.
The association was also asked by the Irish Pool Association on more than one occasion to host the All Ireland Pool Championships and with the dedication of the members and the players, these events were received throughout Ireland as a great success.
In September 2011, the association got a new home with the opening of their Pool Hall in Drumshanbo. The facilities include three international standard pool tables and are available for use to anyone who wishes to become a member.
While many of our members travel to Irish Pool Association ranking events throughout Ireland, it’s the competitions we hold every year in Leitrim that help bring through the next generation of pool players, give everyone an opportunity to qualify to represent Leitrim at the IPA Inter County Championships and hopefully helps the local community along the way.
The LPA Pub League runs from the end of October to April and each 8 player team competes to be in with a chance of winning the John William Carthy Memorial Cup and the Oliver Lee Memorial Shield.
The LPA Tour Championship consists of a series of singles events from October to April held in the Drumshanbo Pool Hall.
The Leitrim Champion is a straight knock out event held late in the year and is one of the most competitive competitions in the Leitrim Pool calendar. The winner crowned Leitrim Champion of the year and awarded a place on the Leitrim County Senior Team.
The Shane Barry Memorial Cup is also a straight knock out tournament. This coveted tournament is dedicated to the memory of the late Shane Barry. The winner receives the Shane Barry Memorial Shield and awarded a place on the Leitrim County Senior Team.
First proposed in 2008, the Special Needs Tournament helps raise much needed funds for children with special needs in the County. The LPA thanks all participants and local businesses who have given generously to date and for your continued support in the future.
As a voluntary organisation, Leitrim Pool owes its achievements to members both past and present, who have given their precious time and energy to support pool in the county and of course to the local community and businesses whose assistance over the years has been invaluable.