Archers hone their skills at competition
WICKLOW Archers hosted their annual festive field archery competition recently at Dargle Valley.
This heralded the end of the biggest year in the club's history.
Dargle Valley hosted over a dozen archery competitions throughout 2012, many of which attracted international archers.
Field archery differs from traditional target archer, which can be held indoors or outdoors on a flat field of play, in that the competition follows a course through natural, undulating terrain.
The course built at Enniskerry, near Powerscourt estate, is judged to have a degree of difficulty considered world class.
In 2011 a world ranking championship was held there.
Although field archery is like ‘pretend’ hunting, no archers ever hunt with the bow in Ireland, where the practice is illegal.
There are over 200 members in Wicklow Archers.
Many of the members compete at a national level and some of the most skilled who compete at an international level.
Shay Fitzsimons in action.