Ireland’s Senior Curling teams prepare for the forthcoming World Senior Championships at the Tårnby Curling Club in Kastrup, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, (14th to 24th April) secure in the knowledge that main sponsor Albert Bartlett, has renewed its sponsorship of Irish teams .
Bartletts have been great supporters of Irish Curling in recent years – itself a family firm in Airdrie, the Company began operations in 1948 when founder Albert Bartlett invested £30 in an old water boiler and cast iron bath to set up a small beetroot boiling operation in Coatbridge, Scotland. Today the Company is the UK’s leading grower and packer of potatoes. Today it has grown considerably and has some 700 staff.
Curling is one of the fastest growing international sports since it became an Olympic sport in 1998. “Interest in the sport of Curling is promoted in Ireland through coverage of our International Teams at World and European events and hopefully the 2014 Winter Olympics. Our teams have participated in this competition for a number of years and Albert Bartlett’s continued involvement in supporting our team’s attendance at Tårnby will help to promote increasing awareness of this popular sport”, says Johnjo Kenny, Past President of the Irish Curling Association which represents all of Ireland.
The men’s team includes Kenny, who represented Ireland at European level and also at the World Curling Championships in 2006. He is joined by Bill Gray, currently President of the Irish Curling Association who represented Ireland at European level, David Whyte and David Hume, who represented Ireland at World Senior level, and Tony Tierney, who represented Ireland at European level and World Senior level. Ireland are drawn in a group with England, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the USA.
The women’s team includes Marie O’Kane, journalist Louise Kerr and Gillian Drury who all represented Ireland at European and World Senior level, and Christina Graham who represented Ireland at World Senior level. The women have drawn Canada, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Scotland and USA.
Tomorrow we will take a look at the History of Curling in Ireland ; worth emphasising that Curling is a sport which like Rugby has an All Ireland team and always has had close Curling links to Scotland too. During the World Senior Championships SportsNewsIreland will bring you news of the Irish teams results in Tårnby