Phil Taylor shows pulling Power at Limerick show

John Keogh

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John Keogh

Phil Taylor caught up with Finbarr Griffin, Old Clare St, and Ger Nolan, Newport, during his visit to Limerick. Picture: Ken Coleman
LEGENDARY 16-time world darts champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor wowed a crowd of over 250 people at an exhibition in the Best Western Pery’s Hotel in Limerick on Friday night.

LEGENDARY 16-time world darts champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor wowed a crowd of over 250 people at an exhibition in the Best Western Pery’s Hotel in Limerick on Friday night.

This was ‘The Power’s’ first visit to the city in 13 years and given the hectic darts circuit schedule, it is likely that it will be his last as a professional.

Taylor also took in some local landmarks before the exhibition, with the world renowned Donkey Ford’s chipper amongst the places visited during his city sojourn.

He even went behind the counter to pose with staff for photos as well as standing in for pictures with all the customers.

The Stoke-On-Trent native, who is also a well regarded poker player, spent time at Fitzpatrick’s Casino in Pery Square after he took part in the exhibition.

Before the event began, Taylor also met one of his biggest fans - a six-year-old boy with special needs - and made his dreams come true as he posed for photos with him.

Organiser of the event Neil Madigan, a well known local snooker and pool player, was responsible for bringing Taylor to Limerick.

In June of this year Neil organised a snooker exhibition between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis to mark the 30th anniversary of their epic world snooker final of 1985.

“After the snooker exhibition Steve Davis went back over to England and told Phil Taylor about me,” explained Neil.

“Phil’s manager rang me saying that Taylor wanted to come over and that’s how it all came about.”

‘The Power’ took on 19 players during the event and it was no surprise that Taylor was unbeaten on the night.

The event was well attended by locals as 260 people turned out to catch a glimpse of darts’ greatest and most dominant player.

Neil also informed the Limerick Leader that the massive crowd at the event caused the Best Western Pery’s Hotel to run out of alcohol.

After Friday’s event, ‘The Power’ played an exhibition in Clonmel on Saturday.