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The Wexford county teams came up just short in the All-Ireland finals

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The Wexford ladies' county team (from left): Jacinta Mullins, Cathy Hunt, Carolyn Whelan, Sandra Bryan.

The Wexford ladies' county team (from left): Jacinta Mullins, Cathy Hunt, Carolyn Whelan, Sandra Bryan.

The Wexford ladies' county team (from left): Jacinta Mullins, Cathy Hunt, Carolyn Whelan, Sandra Bryan.

THE All-Ireland inter-county pool championships were held in the West County Hotel in Ennis, Co. Clare, over the May Bank holiday weekend.

Wexford was well represented at this event, with almost 40 players travelling which included a first team, a second team, a ladies' team, a Junior team (Under-18), an Under23 team, and an Under-15 team.

The weekend started well, with both the first team and the second team getting off to a great start, but victory was just out of the grasp of the Wexford county players.

Having played some of their best pool ever, the first team and the ladies' team were beaten in their respective finals.

The first team was narrowly beaten by Cork who led after the first session 8-1 but, following some strong words of encouragement from the Wexford manager, Robert Brady, the lads fought back to lead 12-10.

Cork did not give up and they won the last four frames to secure victory (14-10).

The Wexford ladies were beaten in their final by Cavan 10-7. Both teams have won this All-Ireland title three times, so there was great competition to see who would secure the fourth, but it was not to be for the Wexford ladies.

Congratulations to the Junior team which won two out of their four matches in the round robin stages - a superb result for these young players who travelled to this event for the first time.

All players would like to thank the 147 Club, Wexford, and Breakers Pool and Snooker Club, Gorey, for the practice nights in the run-up to this event.

Congratulations to Dylan Fitzpatrick who qualified for the Irish Junior team for the European Masters in Bridlington in England.

The team was narrowly beaten by England in the final.