CAUSEWAY became the centre of the darts-playing country for a weekend as the village hosted the inaugural Stretford End Open - a competition that brought players from as far away as Co Fermanagh.
"We were delighted with it," owner John McHale told The Kerryman. "The weekend was a great success and the response was massive to it. I'd like to thank all the Kerry darts team for their help and support and to everybody who came in for it."
With €5,000 in prize money, players came from as far as Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Dublin and even Fermanagh. The field also included notable Irish professionals such as Brendan Dolan, Connie Finnan, Willie O'Connor and Jack O'Barry, with Fermanagh native Brendan Nolan winning the whole thing outright.
"The highlight of the Open for most of us was watching 14-year-old Waterford lad Dean Finn beating three professionals to make it to the final! He's definitely a talent to watch and we hope to see him back here in the years to come. We're also hoping to attract more players from the UK, but we're delighted with how the first year of the Open has gone," John added.