DARTS players from the four corners of the country and indeed beyond flocked to the INEC in Killarney for the sixth annual Killarney Darts Festival last weekend.
The €100,000 prize fund was divided up between three competitions, the Gleneagle Irish Masters (Friday), the Gleneagle Hotel Players Championship (Saturday) and the Johnny McEvoy Gold Dart Classic (Sunday) with the cream of the Professional Darts Corporation's top pros in action.
World number four Gary Anderson won Friday night's Irish Masters competition defeating Colin Osborne in the final as there were strong performances by some Kerry players Kevin McCann (Killarney), Eamon Carey (Killorglin) and David Stack (Rockchapel) who reached the Last 64 of the competition.
The award for the best Irish player went Cork's Damian O'Driscoll who reached the Last 16 stage before eventually being knocked out by Scotland's John Henderson.
Saturday's Gleneagle Hotel Pro Tour event was won by Peter Wright as he defeated Robert Thornton in an all Scottish final, Wright's first major victory in a ranking event. He reached the semi-final of Sunday's Johnny McEvoy Gold Dart Classic, losing out Nick Fullwell, but Fullwell had no answer for the power of World Grand Prix champion Michael Van Gerwen from Holland in the final as 'Mighty Mike' defeated the English man 6-3 in the final completely a memorable two weeks in Ireland for the Dutch player.
Both Anderson and Van Gerwen join Phil Taylor in being the only three players to have won both the Masters title and the Gold Dart Classic since the Festival's inception back in 2007. There were some strong local performances as well on Sunday, David Stack once again reaching the 'Last 64' stage before losing out 6-3 to Paul Nicholson in a very credible performance. Neil O'Donoghue from Brosna also made it to the 'Last 64' losing out to the ' Pieman' Andy Smith.
The Johnny McEvoy Ladies ' Silver Dart' Classic was won by Sharon Buckley from Cork on Sunday, while the Youths ' Bronze Dart' Classic was won by Liam Gallagher. Ardfert's Ryan Delaney had a good run in the Youths competition reaching the quarterfinals before eventually being knocked out.