Updated: 21/06/16 : 06:35:24Printable Version
This weekend Sligo will play host to the prestigious Darts Six Nations Cup. Starting at 4 pm this Friday at Sligo’s Southern Hotel, participating countries include: The Netherlands, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Rep. Of Ireland. The event will run from Friday 24th through to Sunday 26th when all finals will take place following the round-robin events on Friday & Saturday. The Six Nations Cup of Darts is a World Darts Federation/ British Darts Organisation 5 man & 3 women team event featuring the top players from participating nations.
Sligo has a long association with Irish and International Darts through the years with the sport a popular favourite among local people. Irish National Darts Organisation General Secretary is Sligo’s own Anne Mc Gowan while Anne’s husband Sean (Skipper) Mc Gowan is a former Captain of the Irish Team and player of many years. He still competes on the Irish circuit.
This year’s Six Nations Cup will see players such as Scotty Mitchell, Ross Montgomery, Mtn. Philips together with Lisa Ashton, Deta Hedman and Aileen De Graaf all compete for this prestigious title. The Republic of Ireland squad includes participants from Wexford, Dublin, Kilkenny, Donegal, Roscommon, Tipperary, Mayo and Leitrim while Sligo’s Anne Mc Gowan also Manages the Irish Ladies.Welcome
Local TD, Marc Mac Sharry will welcome participants at the opening ceremony on this Friday at the Southern Hotel and says this is an important event in the Irish Sports Calendar. “ It is fantastic to see the WD/BDO Darts Six Nations Cup return to Ireland and particularly Sligo, The Capital of the North West. With the Wild Atlantic Way nowadays playing host to so many international events it is a great priviledge to welcome participants from Holland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland together with the members of the Republics squad. With a fantastic Darts heritage in Sligo and the Counties of the North West it is fitting indeed that this event is being hosted here.”
“This event is important in the INDO and WDF Calendar and is one that is free for all to attend. There is no cover charge and I would encourage all, dart players and spectators alike to come along to the Southern Hotel this weekend to welcome our visitors and support the national team. All should make an effort to pop in to see the skills of the cream of European darts compete for the coveted title.
"Our thanks must go to Sligo’s own Anne Mc Gowan and her husband Sean, the INDO and all organisers for bringing this event to Ireland and especially Sligo. It is a further opportunity to promote the many attributes of Sligo and Ireland and of course to experience the performances of the elite of the Darts playing community from the participating countries,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry.