Barry Foley overhauled a 120-pin deficit on the second weekend of the National Championships, while Hannah Cullen set a new ladies record as she cruised to victory.
The leader in the men’s section for most of the tournament, Paul Stott, had to settle for second place, while Alan Bride finished in third.
There was a major consolation for Stott, though, who was recognised in the presentation ceremony with a Sports Council grant of €1000 and a certificate of recognition for high performance after he became the first Irish bowler to win a European Bowling Tour event in 2011.
There was also a special medal presented to Simon English, who finished fifth in the championships, in recognition of his perfect 300 game in last November’s Junior Irish Open.
In the ladies’ section, Aimee Kellegher took second place, albeit a distant 470 pins behind Cullen, and Carol Catchpole finished in third.
Cullen’s score of 2072 in the games up to the final is a new record in ladies National Championship history.
Foley and Cullen will now travel to the European Champions Cup in The Hague, Netherlands in September as Ireland’s representatives.
Paul Stott, Stephen O’Connor and Alan Bride took the men’s trios gold medal after a 35-pin victory.
The silver medal went to the team of Simon English, Dave English and Sean McDonnell, while the bronze was taken by the team of Barry Brown, Victor Rock and Barry Foley.
In the ladies’ section, Caitriona Mulhall, Aimee Kellegher and Hannah Cullen took gold. They beat the team of Dymphna Kestell, Sarah Kebell and Carol Catchpole by 53 pins, while in third place were Maureen Burke, Suzanne Clarke and Ann Cullen.
The gold medal in the final event before the finals, the team event, went to the team of Kevin Fitzgerald, Paul Chandler, Simon English, Dave English and Sean McDonnell in the men’s section, while the ladies gold medallists were Caitriona Mulhall, Amanda Larkin, Aimee Kellgher and Hannah Cullen.
The silver medal in the men’s section went to Paul Stott, Stephen O’Connor, Fran Puzzuoli, Darragh McLoughlin and Alan Bride, while bronze went to Barry Brown, Victor Rock, Brendan Brady, Nickey O’Malley and Barry Foley.
In the ladies’ section, silver went to Catherine Doherty, Sandra Winstanley, Maureen Burke and Sara Kelly, while bronze went to Margaret Dooley, Elaine Lalor, Carol Catchpole and Yvonne Randell.