World championship joy for Rathkeale’s Ian O’Sullivan

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Rathkeale's Ian O'Sullivan who won gold in the Junior Men's Trap event in the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championships
EIGHTEEN-year-old Limerick man Ian O’Sullivan is Ireland’s latest world champion after he won the Junior Men’s Trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships.

EIGHTEEN-year-old Limerick man Ian O’Sullivan is Ireland’s latest world champion after he won the Junior Men’s Trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships.

Ian overcame competitors from 34 countries to take gold in the prestigious clay pigeon shooting event which is being held in Granada.

“It was hard, but I managed to get through,” said the delighted gold medallist after he overcame Australian Jack Wallace to take victory.

“I will tell them [my Irish friends] that I’m the World Champion. I don’t know if they will believe me!”

There were celebrations in the O’Sullivan in Rathkeale on Wednesday evening where Ian’s parents Brian and Valerie were following the final with bated breath.

“We’re all delighted,” said his father Brian. “He has won a lot of stuff before but this is the Formula 1 of shooting.”

Ian is flying home to Rathkeale this Thursday afternoon where a hero’s welcome is planned for him in the Square at 7pm.