Almost one hundred archers from across all regions of the UK and Ireland descended on Loughry College for the first NI FAA combined Field and 3D Archery Championships hosted in partnership with ‘Take a Bow Archery Club Cookstown.
This exciting form of Archery is remerging in N. Ireland after being absent for many years and entails a variety of different sized targets set out in woodlands at varying distances, up hills and down valleys, across slopes and in some cases under fallen trees, offering the archer an extremely challenging event and a sense of how our ancestors had to provide food using bows to feed their families. This gives the archer ‘the thrill without the need to kill’.
Both courses were located in the Loughry estate and designed by Mr S Megaughin, Secretary of Take a Bow Archery Club, with the assistance of Trevor Rollins, Club Chairman and their very keen party of helpers. Supported by Cookstown Council and Loughry College Management, every archer attending the event was treated to a VIP welcome and assisted in every aspect during their stay giving the opportunity to enjoy local culture especially the Breside Bar and Restaurant where an very enjoyable evening meal was had.
Some of the Archers from outside N. Ireland who are participating in the World Police & Fire Games next week attended and were very impressed with the high standard. It is hoped that with the help of all concerned, the venue at Loughry will be considered in the near future to host the UK and All Ireland Championships with the possibility of European of even World Championship events in the not to distance future.