Grandad and Grandson Shooting for Ireland

A grandfather and grandson from Killybegs will form part of the Irish contingent at a major clay pigeon shooting event in north-east England this weekend. 

Skipper, John Bach, and his grandson, Christian (16) will both compete at Bywell, north of Newcastle, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18, 19 and 20. 

John is captain of the Veterans' team and Christian won a place on the Irish Junior squad after another shooter had to pull out. 

The two will take part in the British Open competition on Friday and in the prestigious European Open, which will be held over the following two days. 

They will be part of a total squad of 40 guns representing the  Irish Clay Pigeon Shooters Association, made up of a Senior team of 25, a Ladies team of five, five Veterans and five Juniors. 

The pair hope to do well and are aiming to emulate the success in the British Open of the Irish team twelve years ago. 

John Bach has been "high gun" about six times this year and hopes to turn in a good performance at Bywell.  "It takes a lot of practice", he says. 

Both John and Christian are members of the very active Killybegs Gun Club, which as more than 80 members, and have competed in many parts of Ireland, north and south.  The  Irish Clay Pigeon Shooters Association is an all-island organisation.



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