Report taken from 1996 Ranka Yearbook
1995 was a very successful year for go in Ireland, being the first year that the Irish Open was a European Grand Prix tournament. It was held in March, with a total attendance of 34, including 19 players of dan strength. The winner of this five-round event was Matthew Macfadyen 6-dan (UK), with Janusz Kraszek 5-dan (Poland) in second place and Tony Goddard 5-dan (Northern Ireland) third. There was a very large attendance from abroad, which we hope will continue in future years.
Stephen Flinter 1-dan won the Irish Championship and went to Japan to compete in the WAGC in May. He scored a very respectable three wins, which is becoming the standard result for the Irish participant.
The Irish Open Handicap Tournament was held in November as usual, and the winner was Tony Goddard. We are fortunate to be receiving good support from various embassies in Ireland,
particularly the Embassy of Japan. However,despite our best efforts, recruitment of new players is deplorably slow. Hopefully 1996 will bring better results.
(Report by Noel Mitchell)
Regular meetings are held in The Pembroke,
Pembroke St., Dublin 2, every Monday
and Wednesday from 21:00.
Contact: Noel Mitchell
President/Secretary: Noel Mitchell
Treasurer /PRO: John Gibson
Newsletter: Stephen Flinter