The Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow in the Republic Of Ireland was opened in 2009 as an official EBSA Coaching Academy of Excellence. The Head of EBSA Coaching PJ Nolan is based in the Club and he believes this development will bring snooker coaching into the 21st Century in Europe with 11 Shender Match Tables in one of the best training venues in the world.
The centre will offer students from all around the world the opportunity to travel to Ireland to receive professional coaching from PJ. All the training sessions will be recorded and each day the student will receive a DVD of the lesson to study more. This will become a great coaching resource for when they arrive back home.
The owners of the club Jim and Marian Leacy have held numerous World and European Championships and are well accustomed to welcoming International visitors. Jim is also the President of the (IBSF) International Billiards and Snooker Federation and a board member of the EBSA and WPBSA.
If any other EBSA member country would like to set up a EBSA Centre of Excellence in their own country they should contact the Chairman of the EBSA Maxime Cassis with details on the Venue.
- Carlow is a small town in the Republic of Ireland around 1 hour 30 minutes from Dublin Airport, Rosslare Harbour and Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
- Bus Times from Dublin Airport to Carlow - JJ Kavanagh Bus Direct Airport Coach Park - Carlow Coach Park
- 11 Tables are in the main room upstairs however they have another 2 club standard tables downstairs for practice when events are being held upstairs..
- Each snooker table is fitted with professional heaters under each table and pro lighting.
- All tables have electronic scoreboards over each table.
- The Club holds all major National and International Events in the Republic Of Ireland.
- The Academy also has Table Tennis tables, 8 & 9 Ball Pool tables.
- Darts and Bowling are also available in the Academy to help players relax after a hard day of training.
- A great selection of Hot Meals is also available from either the Ivy Rooms or the Dome.
- Just 100 meters away from the Academy is The 4 star Talbot Hotel Carlow with Gym and Pool.
Accommodation in Carlow
- The Talbot Hotel Carlow Web Site http://www.talbotcarlow.ie/
- The Avlon B&B in Carlow Web Site http://www.carlowbedandbreakfast.com/