Irish international and former professional snooker player Brendan O’Donoghue was on cue for Nenagh’s New Institute Snooker Club and local charity last weekend when he took part in a 24-hour fundraising marathon.
The marathon began at 8pm on Friday with Brendan’s first opponent being club chairman Patsy Farrell. Brendan was in top form for the marathon making two breaks over 90 in the opening few frames, as well as a 123 break in only the third frame.
Brendan had invited a number of fellow snooker players from across Ireland to take part in the marathon and 2013 European Team Masters champion Mark Tuite; former U21 World Champion Rodney Goggins and Shane Gorman, a regular on the Irish snooker scene turned out. They provided high quality opposition, with Shane making a 93 break, along with Rodney, who made five breaks of over 127, including the highest at 135.
Included among the opposition were club members John Donnellan, Thomas Forde, Niall Farrell, Jason Burns, Damien Shoer and Tony Seymour.
The event also attracted some local politicians, with Cllr Lalor McGee and Cllr Conor Delaney hoping they won’t be snookered after the local election count this Friday.
Also putting in an apearance was Munster and Ireland rugby star Donnacha Ryan, who, unable to play Brendan due to his foot injury, stayed in the club for a number of hours and was on hand to watch his friend, Willie O`Brien, play in the handicapped flyer competition.
The final between Mark Tuite and Martin Kelly proved to be a close affair. Mark went on to win the opening frame by a single point, before going on to wrap up victory in the second frame, defying the 30-point handicap.
Meanwhile, the club had a total of five entries in the National Masters Snooker Championship last Sunday, Tony Seymour, Tom Gleeson, Patsy Farrell, Mark Coonan and Martin Kelly.