The man widely regarded as the greatest darts player of all time is coming to Clonmel.
Phil Taylor, the 16-times world champion will play in an exhibition at Dannos in Mulcahy’s on Saturday week, September 19.
He will take on 19 players, most of whom are local. They include Clonmel’s Gerry O’Hara, who is ranked number six in Ireland; and Tipperary player Mick O’Connell, who is also from Clonmel. He will face one female opponent, Samantha Norris from Clonmel, the daughter of former Irish international Sean Norris.
55 year-old Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, from Stoke-on-Trent, has won more than won 200 professional tournaments, which include an unprecedented 83 major titles and a record 16 world championships. He won eight consecutive world championships from 1995 to 2002 and reached 14 consecutive finals from 1994 to 2007, both of which are records. He has twice been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, in 2006 and 2010, finishing as runner-up five years ago.
The Clonmel exhibition has been organised by local darts enthusiasts Davy Fitzgerald and Paddy O’Donoghue. This is the fourth exhibition they have organised this year, the most recent of which raised €1,375 for C-SAW (Community Suicide Awareness Workers). They are hoping to bring reigning world champion Gary Anderson to the town next year.
Next week’s exhibition, which is confined to over 18s, gets underway at 9pm. Some tickets, which cost €15, are still available from Paddy O’Donoghue at 086-1010066 and Davy Fitzgerald at 087-9158774. They may also be purchased from Mulcahy’s. The exhibition will be preceded at 7.30 by a VIP event, tickets for which have sold out.