Tuesday 16 January 2018

Irish pair's ClubApp becoming global phenomenon

Karl MacGinty

IT started out as a fun feature at an annual golf match between mates, but it is about to explode into a global phenomenon.

Dubliner Barry Nestor and Greg Coleman from Cork amazed their pals last summer with a slick, Ryder Cup-style scoring system for their annual Sean Chairde competition.

Now the same mobile-phone app is giving a fast-growing number of amateur clubs in a wide array of domestic sports an instant results, news and information service formerly enjoyed only by the elite.

Local golf, GAA, rugby, soccer and hockey clubs already have signed up with ClubApp, while a string of sports-playing schools have also enrolled, including Nestor's alma mater CBC Monkstown, Blackrock College, St Michael's, St Mary's, Castleknock and Presentation Brothers Cork.

'Rock used the app for the first time during this season's Leinster Schools Senior Cup, and people located in 34 different countries repeatedly clicked in for match updates on their smart phones.

Those places ranged from Alaska to Qatar, the Caymans to Indonesia and Bermuda to the Dutch Antilles, though there had been no official announcement that the system was going online.

Nestor and Coleman have received enquiries from France, Germany, Portugal and Canada for the use of a unique system they have carefully patented.

It took two years and expert assistance for Nestor and Coleman to provide instant scoring for their own Sean Chairde competition – an annual three-day match between two 14-man teams of old school friends.

Irish Independent

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