Buncrana gun club were celebrating this week after landing the prestigious county clay pigeon shooting title for the first time in 13 years.

The annual event, hosted by Mulroy, sees the cream of Donegal clubs compete for the accolade of finest team in the county.

The Trillick-based club last took the title home to Buncrana in 2005, and for club member and past chairman Ciaran Porter, it was a dream come true to see it return to Inishowen once more.

He told the Inish Times: “The shoot in Mulroy is the biggie, because about 11 teams in the county take part and it brings together the very best shooters there are.

“We’d won it six times in a row leading up to 2005, but there’s been a bit of a drought since then so it really great to get the title back again.

“It can be difficult in the middle of a recession because the cartridges we use for practice are very expensive, so winning this is just the boost the club needed.”

Buncrana’s five-strong team of John McLaughlin, Patrick Doherty, Liam Kelly, Francis Cuffe and Brendan Barr each shot 30 ‘birds’, as the clay pigeons are known, in  the event.

They hit a whopping 142 out of 150, edging out reigning champions Lifford, who totalled 140. Carn finished third on 138.

Said Ciaran: “Everything just clicked for them on the day. John and Packie would be the more experienced members of the team, while Brendan, Francis and Liam would be up and coming, so I think that mixture of youth and experience really worked.

“It was quite nervwracking waiting for the girls in the office to announce the results, because nobody knows how everyone else has done until they hand their cards in, but thankfully we just pipped Lifford to it.”

And Sunday’s success was the icing on the cake for John McLaughlin, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Friday.

“I think John nearly choked up he was so happy,” said Ciaran. “He was over the moon and said he couldn’t have asked for a better finish to his birthday weekend.”

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Now editorial team. Between 9am and 5pm Monday to Sunday please call 074 9112712. Between 5pm and midnight please call or text 086 792 2103. Or you can email [email protected] at any time.