On target: Daniel lands southeast archery title

A KILKENNY man has been crowned champion of the southeast in an archery competition held in Kilkenny over the May bank holiday weekend.

A KILKENNY man has been crowned champion of the southeast in an archery competition held in Kilkenny over the May bank holiday weekend.

Daniel Cummins, (23) from Attettymore, Slieverue won the inaugural Southeast Field Archery Championship - a two day event for archers in the region. He received a gold medal for winning his category and a crystal plate for the overall prize.

Up to 40 contestants battled it out over the two days for the crown of the southeast champion. The first day consisted of unmarked ‘animal’ targets, where competitors have to hit a variety of mock deer, bears, goats - all of which have different point scores for ‘kill’ hits and ‘wound’ hits. Shooting distances vary from 15-20 yards up to 60 yards. The second day featured more traditional round-faced targets.

Although his success would suggest otherwise, Daniel is no veteran of the sport, having taken it up as a hobby just five years ago.

“I probably don’t practice as much as I should!” he says.

“I’d get out maybe three or four afternoons of the week, for an hour in the evening hitting the target.”

Already, the Slieverue man has turned his sights on the next level, as he prepares himself to go to the European Championships in June. Here, up to 1,000 of the finest archers on the continent will go head to head over four days for the ultimate prize.

“The standard is - you don’t miss,” says Daniel.

Following this, in July, the Irish national chamionships will take place.

Daniel’s club, the Dunbrody Archers, is based in New Ross, County Wexford. It is the largest club in the country with nearly 100 members.

Founded in 2004, the membership demographic is diverse in terms of age and social background. Members also have their own preferred archery style, with some preferrng traditional wooden-framed bows, and others opting for composite-manufactured compound and recurve bows.