17 Mar, 2020
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To mark St Patrick's Day, we're shining the spot light on our Irish talents from our Elite 1 training program. We find out more about their darts, idols and favorite Irish meal! Say Hello to Keane Barry, Katie Sheldon, Dean Finn and Killian Heffernan.

Keane Barry, Duleek, Age 17

Q. Do you think Darts is growing in Ireland?

Darts is definitely growing in Ireland as the standard is rising and rising. Irish people are starting to travel more and are starting to succeed, so lots of people are encouraged to give it a go themselves.

Q. How did you learn to play darts?

My Dad taught me to play darts when I was younger.

Q. Who is your Irish idol?

Mick McGowan.

Q. What is your favorite Irish meal?

Beef Stew.

Q. Tell us a fun fact

I hit my first 180 aged 5.

Katie Sheldon, Dublin, Age 16

Q. Do you think darts is growing in Ireland?

Darts is definitely growing in Ireland as you have the likes of Keane Barry and Ciaran Teehan smashing it up at the moment and John O'Shea winning the men's world masters! You also have Steve Lennon doing well on the Pro Tour.

Q. Where did you learn to play darts?

At home.

Q. Who is your Irish idol?

Shane Lowry.

Q. What is your favorite Irish meal?

Irish stew with spuds.

Q. Tell us a fun fact

I was the first girl born in my family in 125 years. 7 generations of boys in the Sheldon's and then I came along!

Dean Finn, Co. Waterford, age 22

Q. Do you think Darts is growing in Ireland?

Darts is growing in Ireland and the standard is getting better in every tournament we go to. Plus in the past 2-3 years, we're challenging in the big events.

Q. Where did you learn to play darts?

I learned to play darts at home with my dad!

Q. Who is your Irish idol?

Robbie Keane.

Q. What is your favorite Irish meal?

Ribs and potatoes.

Q. Tell us a fun fact

27.8% of facts are lies!

Killian Heffernan, Coill Dubh, Age 17

Q. Do you think darts is growing in Ireland?

Darts is hugely growing in Ireland. The standard in men's, women's and youth's darts has gone through the roof. A lot of young players are starting to see the opportunities in darts and so start to play better, plus a lot more players are starting to travel abroad to international tournaments which make them better and stronger as a player.

How did you learn to play darts?

I started to play darts at home - one year for Christmas when I was younger I got a magnetic dart board and absolutely loved it. I gradually started playing on a real board and worked my way up and learnt how to count and finish. My passions for darts lead me to a lot of success.

Q. Who is your Irish idol?

Katie Taylor.

Q. What is your favorite Irish meal?

Irish Spice bag.

Q. Tell us a fun fact

I used to play football until I got told target darts was signing me so I gave it up to concentrate more in darts.

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