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O'Donoghue conquers all with world U-21 triumph

POOL: Karl O'Donoghue is the toast of Irish 8-ball pool after winning the world U-21 title in Blackpool.

O'Donoghue, from Laytown, Co Meath, survived a tough 7-5 match against English player Steve Petty in the first round to make the semi-finals, where he beat Richard Twomey of England 7-6.

The final against Temijin Dixon of England came down to the final frame before O'Donoghue won 8-7.

O'Donoghue also took the masters title, beating Oly Bale in the semis and Michael Scerri of Australia 7-5 in the final.

In the team competition, the Irish senior men's team made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners England.

Double glory for Irish U-18s

Hockey: Ireland's U-18 boys' and girls' teams both came out on top at the annual U-18 Four Nations in Garryduff, Cork.

Although the girls lost their final match 1-0 to Scotland, they won through on goal difference.

A 4-0 victory over Wales confirmed the boys' team as champion with Shane O'Donoghue in top goal-scoring form.

Meanwhile, Ireland's top hockey photographers have launched a website where players, parents and fans can buy pictures.

A team of amateur snappers has covered every level of hockey in the country from schools to international for the past two years for hockey news blogs The Hook and Southern Fried. Their work has clocked up one million views.

See www.irishhockeyphotographers.zenfolio.com.

Ireland to host darts worlds

Darts: Ireland will host the World Darts Federation World Cup for the first time next year.

The venue will be Lynch Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar, with the four-day competition beginning on September 20. In the past, Ireland has hosted two European Cups, with Bundoran and Ennis the venues. Teams of 12 from 34 countries are expected with England the defending champions from 2009.

Lee swim attracts over 400

Swimming: Over 400 hardy souls will step into the murky waters of the river Lee for Saturday's Vibes and Scribes Lee Swim through the centre of Cork city.

Swimmers compete for age group prizes from under 20 to over 80. In the Dublin area, open water swims are attracting record numbers. This week's race is around Ireland's Eye from Howth harbour on Saturday and from the Half Moon clubhouse on the South Wall on Sunday.

Killoughey win national title

Tug of war: Killoughey continued their fine form to beat local side Glenhill to win the 680kg novice title at the National Tug of War Championships round in Ballyhooly, Co Cork. It was a first national title for the Offaly club. A total of 14 teams from all over the country had entered, with Clonmines from Wexford finishing third.

In the catchweight competition, Ballinagh from Cavan pulled very strongly to beat Boyneside from Offaly.

In the third round of the women's league, Thatch Bar from Co Galway took maximum points in both 405kg and 435kg weights. The Galway team tops the 405kg table with one round left in the league. Connemara, also from Co Galway, leads the 435kg league.