Gun Club

Ballyhaunis & District Gun Club
 
The club goes from strength to strength every year. This year saw several new young members joining. The membership now stands at an all time high of sixty five.
 
Clay target shooting is very popular in the club and this year the club won the County Clay Pigeon Shoot. The club gets involved as much as possible in local activities such as raising funds for local charities, mainly Western Alzheimers and Croí.
 
Over the last couple of years the club have organised shooting trips to Northern Ireland. These trips so far have been to the shores of Lough Erne where goose, pheasant and duck shooting is provided. Our Northern associates then visit our club and they help us out with the control of vermin. When they come down they stay for the weekend at local guest houses. This is an area of great potential and one we would like to develop more. The Northern Ireland people are very welcoming when we visit them and they really enjoy their weekends with us.
 
The season has once again been very successful for the club.
 
Game
A good number of pheasant and duck were reared in newly constructed pens and released into the wild. A campaign was also mounted to erect feed hoppers for the birds. As a result there are a good number of birds on the ground.
 
Clay Shooting
It was also a busy year on the Clay Shooting front. As usual the club ran the Annual Clay Shoot in aid of Croí where a substantial sum of money was raised. Once again this year the club was represented at County Level in the All-Ireland Inter County shoot where they acquitted themselves well. The two team members from the club were Ciarán Waldron and Enda Merrick.
 
Vermin Control
Vermin are the bane of every Gun Club and with this in mind Ballyhaunis had their usual Control Programme in place. Mink are an ever increasing threat and this year, upwards of fifty mink were trapped.
 
Special Thanks
A special thanks to the club members who helped out with the Annual Alzheimer’s church gate collection. The club would also like to thank their generous sponsors throughout the year and also the Farming Community for their co-operation and good will.
 
Elected Officers
The following officers were elected for this season:
President/Liaison Officer: Tom Waldron, Cave
Chairman: Paddy Gallagher, Bargarriff
Secretary: Dave Jackson
Treasurer: Padraig Kiely, Tulrahan 
Safety Officer: Martin Maguire
P.R.O: Flan Moroney