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Pictured at the prize-giving dinner for the Tullana on the Green sponsored Summer League at Irvinestown Tennis Club are winners of the three competitions.

L to R: Kathleen Maguire (Ladies Doubles with Carol Maguire (absent)) - Stephen Phair (Mixed Doubles) - David McDowell and - John Sheridan (Mens Doubles) . Sponsor Karen Knox of the Tullana Restaurant and Chloe Haveron (Mixed Doubles)


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Tullana on the Green Restaurant Summer League: Prizegiving

The Summer League sponsored by theTullana on the Green came to an end last week at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club. Over the previous eight weeks, matches had been played to ultimately finish with a Men's, Ladies, and Mixed Doubles Champions.

In the Monday night's competitions, David McDowell/John Sheridan took the men's honours, while Kathleen Maguire and newcomer to the club, Carol Maguire, took the Ladies title. Tuesday nights had seen a close fought competition for the Mixed Doubles title, and the strong partnership of Stephen Phair and Chloe Haveron clinched the title in the last match of the League.

The players and friends of the club enjoyed a great night on Saturday night in the Tullana on the Green Restaurant. Superb cuisine was followed by the presentation of prizes by Karen Knox, the Tullana proprietor. 

On behalf of all the players,Club Capt.Mary McCoy expressed sincere thanks to the Knox family for their continuing sponsorship of the event and for the wonderful hospitality just enjoyed.The players added their appreciation to Karen and Raymond Knox, and also expressed their thanks to Mary for organising the night and the prizes.


The Tullana on the Green sponsored Summer League

As the days shorten, the summer league sponsored by Tullana on the Green Restaurant in Lisnarick, is drawing to a close at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club with just three nights of play left. On Monday 18th the Men's doubles saw the experienced partnership of David McDowell and John Sheridan claim a convincing win from Alan Cadden and his newcomer partner Brian Boyle. In the Ladies doubles, Kirsty Murray (sub) partnered Carol Maguire and they ran out 7-6, 7-5 winners in a very tight match against Wendy Eaton/Kate Heaver.

On Tuesday, Alan Cadden and Kate Heaver just lost out to David Lowe (sub) and Chloe Cathcart who finished the evening with a scoreline of 6-3, 6-7, and a tiebreak win of 7-4.
The remainder of the week witnessed some great tennis when the annual Fermanagh Vets Tournament took place.

Play will continue until Tuesday 3rd October with a presentation meal and prize giving in the Tullana on the Green, on Saturday 7th October.

Please note:Club members and quiz lovers everywhere are reminded and will hopefully attend, "The Miamiguire Table Quiz", with question master Geoff Heaver, this Thursday night at 8.30pm in Mahons Hotel in support of our very own John Maguire who has rightly been selected to play for the Tennis Ireland Team in Miami Florida at end of October. 

The Tullana on the Green sponsored Summer League- Week 3 & 4

Play has continued over the past few weeks in the revised format Summer League event, being played at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club and sponsored by the Tullana on the Green restaurant.

Week 3 in the League was confined to Tuesday night play of Mixed Doubles only, following the August Bank Holiday Monday. However, play they did and the pairing of Kathleen Maguire and Brian Boyle won both their matches comfortably against John Sheridan and Jill Parkinson with scores of 6/1 & 6/0 respectively. 

The other contest was a tighter affair, with Carol Maguire/David McDowell meeting Simon McCormack/Wendy Eaton. Both partnership took a set apiece with Carol & David then taking the additional deciding tie break 7/5.

Week 4, and a return to two nights play with the Monday night Men's Doubles match of Stephen Phair/Simon McCormack playing Alan Cadden/Brian Boyle. Yet again the spoils were shared over the two sets, and then Alan & Brian took control by winning the decider comfortably with a 7/1 win.

The Ladies Doubles was settled over the two sets when Wendy Eaton along with subbing partner Kathleen Maguire, took both sets (6/3 and 6/4) from the pairing of Chloe Haveron/Jill Parkinson.
Tuesday night's Mixed Doubles saw Carol Maguire/Pete Keogh (Sub) take on Kathleen Maguire/Brian Boyle who won this closely fought match 7/5 & 7/6, while on the other court Kirsty Murray ( sub) and partner John Sheridan met Stephen Phair/Chloe Haveron who took both sets 6/3 - 6/3. 

Monday 11th saw a number of subs taking to the courts with a tight men's doubles when Stephen Phair/Simon McCormack took the spoils from David Lowe (sub) and John Sheridan with a 7/6 & 6/4 victory.
Meanwhile in the ladies doubles, the subbing pair Tanya Cathcart/Joanne Daly overcame the partnership of Chloe Haveron /Jill Parkinson when they took both sets 6/3 and 7/5.

The torrential rain on Tuesday 12th resulted in flooded courts and the scheduled mixed doubles matches had to be postponed.One of the matches was played on Thursday night and Simon McCormack added to his successful debut in this league when he and partner Wendy Eaton took the honours from John Sheridan/Kate Heaver (sub) with a 7/4 tie break win when they were a set apiece.

Play continues on Monday 18th Sept but matches scheduled for 19th have been pushed back to 3rd October to accommodate the Veterans tournament running through to Saturday 23rd September.

The league will finish on 3rd and a meal and Presentation night will take place in The Tullana on the Green,sponsors of this League on Sat 7th October.

Tullana on the Green restaurant sponsored Summer League

The weather played a significant part in week two of the Tullana on the Green sponsored Summer League at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club when Monday night's Mens and Ladies Doubles matches were played in wet but enjoyable conditions but Tuesdays Mixed Doubles had to be hastily re-scheduled for the Wednesday night when the courts resembled a water polo pool rather than tennis courts following a whole day of incessant rain!

On Monday night David McDowell and John Sheridan met Alan Cadden and new club member Brian Boyle who took the first set comfortably (6/1), but the more experienced pairing fought back to take the second set 6/3 and went on to take the tie break 7/2 . It was a similar story in the ladies doubles when Wendy Eaton and Kate Heaver took the first set 6/4 but Kathleen Maguire and Carol Maguire held on to take the second 7/5 and they edged a win in the tie break with the same score.

The re-arranged Mixed Doubles played on Wednesday saw Alan Cadden and Kate Heaver lose a closely matched first set to Jill Parkinson and David McDowell (subbing) 7/5, who then went on to take the second set 6/1.
The other Mixed Doubles match was won by Stephen Phair and partner Chloe Haveron who took both sets 6/1 & 6/3 to see off the challenge of Brian Boyle and his partner, Kathleen Maguire.

Play this week will be on Tuesday night only as the courts are closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday. Then play will continue every Monday and Tuesday throughout September, culminating with the prize-giving dinner at the sponsors restaurant, Tullana on the Green, on Saturday 30th September.

Tullana on the Green Restaurant sponsored Summer League

The Tullana on the Green Restaurant sponsored Summer League got under way last week at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club with a new format for this years event. Played over two evenings each week, the four- member teams league has been replaced with a two-set Men's doubles and Ladies doubles competition on Monday night followed on Tuesday by a two-set Mixed doubles event. 

So on Monday, the pairing of Stephen Phair with new member Simon McCormack, were pitched against David McDowell & John Sheridan. The first set went to Stephen and Simon (7/5) but David and John fought back to take the second 6/0. The match was decided by the first pair to reach seven points with David & John taking the spoils.
In the Ladies doubles, Kathleen Maguire got off to a great start when she partnered another new member, Carol Maguire, to a set win (7/5 6/4) following a tightly fought contest with Jill Parkinson/Chloe Haveron. 

On Tuesday the first of the Mixed Doubles matches was played when Jill and partner John Sheridan, met Carol Maguire and David McDowell with the latter partnership taking both sets. The other Mixed Doubles match wasn't really a mixed doubles as Kate Heaver and partner Chloe Haveron (who had kindly offered to sub in the absence of an available male player) met Kathleen Maguire and new member, Brian Boyle.This match proved to be a very positive initiation to the club and league for Brian as the partnership took both sets comfortably on the night.

Play will continue every Monday and Tuesday throughout August and September, and will culminate with the prize-giving dinner at the sponsors restaurant, Tullana on the Green, on Saturday 30th September.

Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League Final

The final matches in the Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League were played out last week at Irvinestown Tennis Club, in the knowledge that The Ribeyes had already secured the title, leaving three teams within a point of other, fighting it out for the runner-up spot. 

On Monday, The T-Bones played their final match, against The Sirloins, knowing that they would need to win every single game to avoid the wooden spoon. It was not to be however, as the Sirloins started the evening with a massive 12-1 score from Pete Keogh and subbing partner David Lowe, while the T-Bones just edged a 7-6 win in the second match, courtesy of Brendan King partnered by Wendy Eaton, also subbing. The Sirloins moved into a strong position to be crowned runners-up with a total 18-8 while the T-Bones knew it was bottom of the league for them this time.
The last match of the league on Tuesday night saw the Filets and Burgers compete to pass the Sirloins total and first blood went to the Burgers with a 7-6 win from David Lowe/Louise Conway. Alan Cadden made a welcome return from injury when he subbed for the Filets and partnered Tanya Cathcart to a 10-3 to take them into third place with a 16-10 team score. 

In the contest for individual honours, John Maguire added 18 points to his score with a 12-1 win with partner Louise Conway, but couldn't quite catch Stephen Phair who added 14 points to take his overall score to 123 to Johns 121. Wendy Eaton was the highest scoring individual overall and took the top female spot with a final total of 132 points.
The Encore Steak House Ballinamallard, sponsors of the Spring League, was the venue for the end of League meal and presentation of prizes to teams and individuals. Players enjoyed the great welcoming atmosphere and wonderful meal in the Encore prior to the presentations by proprietors Helen and Amy Hurst. Mary McCoy, Club Captain expressed sincere thanks on behalf of the club for their invaluable ongoing support of the Spring League and all present were very appreciative of the commitment given by Wendy to continue with sponsorship next Spring. 

Final League placings:

Team Points
1. Ribeyes - 119
2. Burgers - 101
3..Filets - 106
4. Sirloins - 108
5. T-Bones - 86


The Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League -Week 8

The penultimate weeks play in the Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League at Irvinestown Tennis Club saw The Ribeyes complete their league schedule and cement their lead at the top of the table, to such a degree that they cannot be caught. The Burgers also took a resounding leap from bottom place to second spot, leaving The T-Bones looking ominously likely to collect the coveted wooden spoon!

On Monday it looked as if The Filets might make The Ribeyes work hard for the title when John Maguire and sub Martin Garrity took the opener 9-4. However, the second match soon restored the status quo when team captain Wendy Eaton and her subbing partner Stephen Phair, took their game 11-2 giving the team a total score of 15-11. Stephen went on to achieve the same high score with partner Kate Heaver in the second round so had the highest individual points (22 ) but as he was subbing ,they can't add to his personal total.
Michael Duffy partnered Martin Garrity in the second round and came away with a 12-1 victory bringing his nights tally to 16 while Wendy and Kate finished with 13 points each.

Tuesday night was Burger night, and although they got off to a slow start, losing the first game 8-5 courtesy of a win by Andrea Irvine and subbing partner David McDowell for The Sirloins, they won their second game by a convincing score of 10-3 when Stephen Phair and sub Grace Whaley, took the honours. So final points score on the night; 15-11 to The Burgers.

With the round two matches played, best of the personal points score were, 14 points apiece for Laura McDowell and Louise Conway for the women, and top men's player on the night was Stephen Phair with a massive tally of 21 points making him top male scorer at this stage of the league.

The final matches to be played this Monday and Tuesday will decide who takes runner up place and with a few teams in close contention there should be some interesting matches. The League celebration meal and prize-giving will be in the Encore Steak House Ballinamallard, this coming Saturday the 8th April.,everyone welcome whether you took part in the league or not, - names to the team captains or Club captain Mary McCoy.

Team scores at the end of week 9
Team Played Points
1. Ribeyes 8 119
2. Burgers 7 91
3..Filets 7 90
4. Sirloins 7 90
5. T-Bones 7 78

The Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League -Week 7

With just two weeks to go in The Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League at Irvinestown Tennis Club, The Ribeyes held onto their lead when their match in week seven resulted in 13 points for both teams with 7-6 wins for the Burgers from David Lowe/Louise Conway, while John Sheridan /Wendy Eaton secured the same score for the Ribeyes. The second round saw Wendy stretch her lead in the individual ladder when she partnered Stephen Phair to a 10-3 win to finish with 17 points while partner Stephen came away with a tally of 16.

Tuesday saw The T-Bones and The Filets going head-to-head and this proved a tight contest. The first match of the night witnessed John Maguire, with subbing partner and sister Andrea Irvine, take the honours with a great 10-3 win. However, Brendan King and super-sub Wendy Eaton got stuck in and took their game by a score of 9-6. A great comeback but it meant that on the night The Filets just edged the match 14-12. In round two, the individual round, top honours went the way of Brendan King (19 points) and Kate Heaver with 14 points when they took their match with an impressive 10-3 win.

And so into week eight; when Monday night's match between The Sirloins and The Filets had to be cancelled due to the courts being flooded following torrential rain .The two team captains tried in vain to reschedule but had to agree to split the points when it proved impossible to get a night to suit players/court availability before the league finishes on 4th April.

On Tuesday, The Ribeyes once more raced ahead in their match against the T-Bones with a 9-4 win for Michael Duffy/Joanne Daly and 8-5 for team captain Wendy Eaton and subbing partner Stephen Phair, meaning the team finished with a tally of 17-9. Michael teamed up with Maggie Britton in the second round to take their match 7-6, while Wendy partnered Brendan King to the same score making her the individual player to catch.

Play will continue every Monday and Tuesday over the next two weeks, with the League celebration meal and prize-giving in the Encore Steak House on Saturday 8th April

Team scores at the end of week 8

Team Played Points
1. Ribeyes 7 104
2. Sirloins 6 79
3..Filets 6 79
4. T-Bones 7 78
5. Burgers 6 76


The Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League -Week 6

The Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League continued through week six at Irvinestown Lawn tennis Club with mixed weather on the two nights. Monday night saw the Ribeyes take on the Sirloins in dry conditions with the first round matches both going to the Sirloins, courtesy of 7-6 wins from Pete Keogh/Andrea Irvine and then Cliff Worley/Laura McDowell, giving them a team win of 14-12.

The second round saw Michael Duffy/Andrea Irvine adding another 7 points to their individual scores, while Wendy Eaton stretched her lead in the ladder to 87 when she partnered Cliff to an impressive 10-3 win.

Tuesday nights teams, the T-Bones and the Burgers, needed webbed feet but they gamely battled through torrential rain to give the T-Bones a narrow 14-12 team victory with 7-6 wins from team captain David McDowell and subbing partner Maggie Britton on court one, and also from Brendan King/Sinead Maguire on court two. The second round saw another 7-6 win for David, this time with partner Louise Conway. The same result for Brendan King and Justin Keogh, left Brendan and David tying with 14 individual points as they all squelched off home to dry off

Play will continue every Monday and Tuesday until 4th April, with the League celebration meal and prize-giving in the Encore Steak House on Saturday 8th April

Team scores at the end of week 6
Team Played Points
1.Ribeyes   5      74
2.Sirloins   5      66
3.Burgers   5      63
4.T-Bones   5     57
5.Filets       4     52

Smyth Leslie Autumn League 2016- Final Week

The final weeks play in the Smyth Leslie sponsored Autumn League came and went last week at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club, with no last minute twists or turns inasmuch as the placings remain the same as week nine; thus giving The Robins the title of League Champions, with The Larks taking the wooden spoon.

The final match in this years most successful Autumn League was ironically, a contest between the champions-in-waiting and the soon-to-be Wooden Spoonists.

The Robins team; captain Cliff Worley, Michael Duffy, Tanya Cathcart and Karen Johnston played consistently good tennis throughout the campaign (with the aid of subs on the odd occasion), and so they will be be crowned Champions at the prize giving and club Christmas dinner in Mahon's Hotel this Saturday, 3rd December.

All are welcome to come and join in by advising Club Captain Mary McCoy.

Autumn League Final Placings :

1 Robins      285

2 Hawks      275

3 Ravens     267

4 Sparrows  253

5 Rooks       242

6 Larks        238


There was a great turn out for the Fun Tennis night held by Irvinestown Tennis club on 2nd of February. 

They braved the elements, played some good and not so good tennis and made new friends – because that is what it is all about. So if you fancy a bit of fun and getting a bit of exercise, why not come along. 

Refreshments are served and you will be made very welcome. Get the word out and bring a friend, no matter how good or bad you are. And all for just £1...what a bargain!

Any queries contact Joe McGowan on - 7.30 every Thursday at the Bawnacre, Irvinestown

Kyran Maguire wins U16 Masters Title

It was a great end of season for the 15yr old Irvinestown tennis player Kyran Maguire when he secured the U16 masters super set title last week at Belfast boat club. This was followed up with a Runner up overall position this weekend and secured a place on the Ulster team to travel to Scotland next month for series of matches.


For Kyran he finished his season on a high when he won a straight 7 sets in a row during the event beating some of the higher aged players in the 18s age bracket before finally just being ousted by the top U18 player in Ulster, Peter Corrie.

Also from the Irvinestown club Ryan Irvine who had some great wins over the 2 weekends finally just missed out on a place but finished a very creditable 6th with some fine hard hitting displays. Conan Whitley finished 7th with some narrow defeats and fine displays of his talent.

For the 3 boys it was the end of a long season and all did their club proud over the summer months ,they now get ready for the start of next season when they will train hard over the next 6 weeks in preparation for the indoor David Lloyd at Halloween.

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John Maguire Receives Top Award

The President of Tennis Ireland, George Stevenson MBE, presented our President, John Maguire with The Mavis Hogg award for Services to Ulster Tennis at The recent 25th Anniversary Tennis Ball in The Manor House. John was a founder member of ILTC 25 years ago and has worked tirelessly over the years to promote our club by hosting interpros, provincial and regional match plays for Ulster in Irvinestown. ILTC also run three Open Tournaments per year. John has encouraged and continues to coach Juniors to a National level.

John has been a great ambassador for tennis in The West. He has represented Ireland at Veteran Grade and retains the O45’s Doubles title and has won the O55’s doubles title as well. John has also two National indoor titles under his belt.

Memento To Michael Duffy
John Maguire presented a photographic memento to Michael Duffy in recognition of him being a founder member of ILTC and a current playing member. Michael helped found the Club 25 years ago with John Maguire and Liam McMulkin.

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Murray world number one: Kyran's brilliant week as Barclays ball boy

“Amazing, no words can describe it,” is how 16-year-old Irvinestown tennis player Kyran Maguire reacted to his week as a Barclays ball boy at the O2 Arena in London for the ATP World Tour finals (Mid November).

Kyran was on court not only for Murray’s standing ovation in his first game of the tournament but was also on court for the last 40 minutes of the final as Murray held off a late Novak Djokovic revival to win in straight sets 6-3 6-4.
Back home in Irvinestown, Kyran, ranked number four in Ulster and 12th in Ireland at U16 level, reflected on the week.

Read full story HERE

Kyran Maguire (back, fifth from right) with ATP World Tours final winner Andy Murray

Irvine reaches Ulster U21 Tennis Final

Ryan Irvine from Irvinestown LTC had a great week at the Ulster Junior tennis Championships in Belfast finishing Runner up in the U21 singles.

He reached the final after winning 3 matches to get there, firstly against Scott Armstrong he won 6/2. 6/1 then he took on  Leon Gibson ,this match was of great quality with a score of 7/6 1/6 6/1 in his favour .

The 3rd round saw Ryan produce his best play of the week as he beat the No 3 seed Ardghal Mc Mahon 6/1 6/1 with some hard hitting forehands and calm tactical play. Finally in the final against Ben Cree Belfast, Ryan got off to a great start to lead 3/1 but Ben fought back to take the set and the 2nd set turned out something similar with Ben's experience coming through in the end but with Ryan pushing him all the way.

Ryan also reached the semi final of the U18 event as did in form Kyran Maguire who was unlucky in his semi against the No 1 seed Conor Mc Cabe losing in 3 sets. Also competing from the club was Conan Whitley who went out in the 2nd round but played well during the week.

Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club Spring League 16 Presentation

The Encore Steak House, Ballinamallard was the venue for the Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club Spring League presentation of prizes.The players enjoyed a great meal and a good nights craic, followed by presentations to the winners by Alan and Helen Hurst, proprietors of the Encore Steakhouse, sponsors of this Spring League.

The team winners were The Sirloins with The Ribeyes finishing runners-up, while individual winners (women's section) were Wendy Eaton with Chloe Cathcart runner-up. In the men's section the winner was Michael Duffy and the runner-up was Marty Garrity. 

The prestigious wooden spoon for the team at bottom of the league was awarded to The Soupers. Club Captain Mary McCoy thanked the sponsors most sincerely, acknowledging that without their support the League couldn't happen and she also thanked all the players who had weathered quite a few stormy nights during the past eight weeks to make this a fun and successful first league of the new year.

This will be the last tournament before the courts close for almost two months for refurbishment with a grand re-launch scheduled for Thursday 23rd June.

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Kathleen Maguire,The Captain of the Spring League winning team, The Sirloins, receives the Spring League Shield from the sponsors Alan & Helen Hurst of The Encore Steak House. Looking on are Club Captain Mary McCoy (left) and team Member Chloe Cathcart (right). Missing from the photograph are the other team members; David McDowell and Brendan McGuinness.

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Grand Final of The Tullana on the Green sponsored Summer League 16

The Grand Final of The Tullana on the Green sponsored Summer League at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club could not have been any closer when the play-off was contested last Wednesday.

The Surf Boarders, who topped the League after 6 weeks play, were going head to head with The Sun Dancers who finished just 3 points behind them. First blood on the night went the way of The Surf Boarders courtesy of an 8-5 win by Brendan King and partner David Lowe (sub). Determined to ensure this was not one-way traffic, Kirsty Murray and Kate Heaver took the next match by the same scoreline for The Sun Dancers.

So into round two and Kirsty, now with partner David McDowell, really put the pressure on, by taking the third game of the evening with a very impressive 9-4 victory for The Dancers. This meant that the Surf Boarders needed to take the final tie of the night by a scoreline of at least 10-3 to edge a win and David Lowe with Laura McDowell went on to do just that ending the League with a 27-25 point victory.

A worthy win for the team who had been the League front-runners, and a great night of tennis played in good humoured spirit and the warmth of a summer evening.

The Presentation of prizes took place after an excellent meal in the Tullana on the Green on Saturday and Club Captain Mary McCoy expressed sincere thanks to Raymond and Karen Knox for their kind sponsorship of the League once again this year.

Pic caption: Team Members of the Surf Boarders being presented with The Tullana on the Green Summer League Shield. John Sheriden, Karen Knox sponsor, Laura McDowell, Mary McCoy (Club Captain) and David Lowe (finals sub.). Missing from photograph are team members Joanne Daly and Brendan King.