For the second time in a matter of weeks a Limerick schoolboy has beaten a world champion called Taylor.
In Newcastle West, Darragh Shine, 9, put world darts champion Phil “The Power” Taylor to the sword. Now Adam McInerney, 11, has beaten former world snooker champion Dennis Taylor in his home village of Caherconlish.
Neil Madigan, Limerick Pool team captain, invited Dennis Taylor to the county and city to promote eightball pool.
One of the venues was Mulcahy’s Bar in Caherconlish, family pub of Irish pool star Robert.
Robert asked young Adam if he would like to play Taylor and he wasn’t afraid to take him on.
When Adam potted the black the crowd went as crazy as those who watched Taylor beat Steve Davis in 1985.
“There was great excitement. Adam has his own table at home and loves playing pool. He really enjoyed it and is as proud as punch,” said mum and dad, Patricia and Anthony.
Adam, whose siblings are Michael and Amy, certainly had a story to tell his classmates in Caherconlish National School.
Taylor was also taken on and beaten by Padraig Hickey, Anthony Creamer, Albert Flynn and Pat Kenny in Mulcahy’s.
Over in the Cu Chulainn in Patrickswell, Taylor also came a cropper.
Christopher Moore did a lap of honour after beating Taylor.
“It was brilliant. Forever more Christopher will be able to say he beat Dennis Taylor. He gave Dennis a big hug and Dennis told me it was his highlight of the weekend,” said Neil, who runs Ladbrokes on Lower Cecil Street. “I’m trying to get players from the past and new players interested in playing for the Limerick team and involved in the game,” said Neil, who also brought Taylor to venues in the city and plans to bring more snooker stars to Limerick in the coming months.