A young man from County Longford has made the cut to represent Ireland at an international clay pigeon shooting event which is taking place in Wales this week.
In the week before his eighteenth birthday, Cian McLoughlin from Edgeworthstown is participating in the Home Countries International Skeet Competition as part of the three-man Ireland Under-21 team.
“We’re heading out on Thursday and the competition is taking place on Friday and Saturday,” he revealed. “The other two guys on the team are Darragh Matthews from Meath and Ciaran Hoare from Roscommon.”
Having started shooting at the age of 15, Cian has progressed rapidly and in April of this year he competed in the World Sporting Clay Pigeon Championships in Florida.
“I shoot every Sunday all year around,” he said of his practice regime. “To make it onto the Irish team, you have to join the Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, and then you have to shoot at a certain number of competitions throughout the year. Then your top five results are taken into consideration when the Irish team is being picked.”
A son of Richie and Gráinne McLoughlin, Cian recently completed his Leaving Cert and he told the Longford Leader he is happy with his results.
“I’ll be going to Sligo IT to study Mechanical Engineering,” he said.