Welcome to all Club Members and SupportersThe site aims to bring a wealth of information to NARGC club members on all the topics in which they are interested, and more. Game shooting is an important recreational activity for thousands of Irish people for whom countrysports is a way of life.

Countrysports generates €111m for the Irish economy annually of which some €42m is accounted for by game shooting. The NARGC website will bring news and information on a wide variety of subjects relating to game shooting and other relevant matters, keeping all club members up to date on the latest developments affecting their sport. The site will also give access to the websites of our international partners.

Whether you are an existing club member or a prospective member, or intending to form a club, or seeking information on how to manage a club, or information on best safety practice, game rearing, predator control etc, all the necessary information can be found here... Read more

Do you wish to know where you can find a club in your area, or how to deal with disciplinary matters, or do you wish to get information on the protection afforded by the NARGC Compensation Fund – you need look no further than here.

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NEW FIREARMS PROPOSALS

FOR ALL INFORMATION ON THE RESPONSE OF THE NARGC AND OTHER SHOOTING ASSOCIATIONS CLICK HERE:- WWW.SPORTSCOALITION.ORG


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NARGC Shoot Update 2014

The NARGC can now confirm that the main sponsor of the 2014 National Shoot is Blaser in conjunction with Lakeland Shopping Centre in Mullingar. The top prize will be a Blaser FS Competition 12 Bore Shot Gun valued at 5000 euro. More details to follow closer to the time of the shoot.

(Please note the gun pictured above is not the actual model)

 

Dublin Grey Partridge Project managed by Derek O'Brien

 

 

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SAFETY PROFICIENCY COURSES 2014

Safety Proficiency Courses 2014Read More

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MOVES TO BAN FIREARMS

MOVES TO BAN FIREARMSRead More

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TAIL DOCKING UPDATE

Tail Docking UpdateRead More

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RED GROUSE MANAGEMENT FOR GUN CLUBS

Guide to Red Grouse Management for Gun ClubsRead More

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CIC Ireland Announcement

CIC Ireland Announcement by Des Crofton, Head of Delegation. CIC Trophy Evaluation System. Read More

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Safe Handling of Wild Game Certification. Saturday 25th January

**Next Available Course Date: TO BE ADVISED. Watch our new Video on the Principles of the Safe Handling of Large Game Meat. Read More

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EU public consultation on firearms. Hunters contribution is needed. Deadline 17th June

EU public consultation on firearms. Hunters contribution is needed. Deadline 17th June.Read More

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Second quarterly newsletter

Second quarterly newsletterRead More

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Become A Member

Interested in becoming a member, have a look at how to here »Read More

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BEHAVIOURS WHICH WILL NOT BE SUPPORTED BY NARGC

We are often contacted by firearms licence holders to assist them with problems which have arisen and which have a bearing on their continued ability to possess their firearms licenses. In many instances we have been pleased to successfully assist such licence holders. But there are often some matters referred to us where we can be of no assistance whatsoever and where we would not wish to assist. It seems there is a presumption in some quarters that NARGC will defend everything irrespective of the issue. This is not the case. Read More

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A CRIME PREVENTIONI OFFICERS PERSPECTIVE

A CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER’S PERSPECTIVE. Over the past two years I have seen an increase in the number of burglaries in which firearms have been the target. With that in mind I sought the assistance of Mr Rob Stapleton, An Garda Síochána Analysis Service based in Mullingar and I looked for an analysis of burglaries where firearms were stolen in Meath in 2010 and 2011. When the report was received a meeting with all the NARGC gun clubs was held in Navan in January 2012 and the findings were brought to the attention of all clubs. Read More

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Forming A Gun Club

Interested in forming a Gun Club, have a look at how to by clicking here »Read More

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Indemnity Protection

Did you know we have our own scheme of self-protection for our Members? Read More

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Advertising on our site

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FAS / Department of Social Protection Funding for Game Meat Handling Course

FAS Funding for Game Meat Handling CourseRead More

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Mink and Grey Squirrel Bounties - Important Notice

Please note that all returns to qualify for the 3 euro bounty on Mink and Grey Squirrel must be submitted in all cases through the relevant Regional Game Council. Failure to do this may result in the bounty not been paid. NARGC Read More

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Hunting Seasons

National Parks & Wildlife Service Notice re Hunting SeasonsRead More

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Sobering District Court Judgement on Firearms Licensing

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Mar 26

ATTENTION ALL FIREARMS LICENCE APPLICANTS!

ATTENTION ALL FIREARMS LICENCE APPLICANTS!Read More

Mar 26

Firearms Submission to Oireachtas Members re Firearms Licensing system

Submission to Oireachtas Members re Firearms Licensing systemRead More

Feb 2

Irish Sports Shooters Oppose Further Restrictions by Gardai

Irish Sports Shooters Oppose Further Restrictions by GardaiRead More

Leinster NARGC Clay Pigeon Championships Results

Leinster NARGC Clay Pigeon Championships ResultsRead More

Oct 15

PRESS RELEASE - RED GROUSE BOLEYBRACK MOUNTAIN

PRESS RELEASE Cooperation Leads to Major Success for Irish Red Grouse on Boleybrack Mountain, North Leitrim Cooperation between a local gun club, hill sheep farmers and wildlife groups is beginning to bear fruit in a small part of County Leitrim. The recent annual survey of the Boleybrack Red Grouse Project counted at least 85 grouse on Boleybrack Mountain this autumn. This compares to only three calling Red Grouse males encountered when the project first started in 2007. Read More

May 12

R.I.S.E EMERGES AGAIN TO CHALLENGE GOVERNMENT ON HUNTING ISSUES

R.I.S.E. emerges again to challenge Government on hunting issuesRead More

Feb 29

CONFUSION IN WILD BIRD DEROGATION REGULATIONS

We wish to bring to the attention of game bird shooters that there exists a contradiction between the published Derogation Regulations (secondary legislation) and Section 41 TABLE (1) of the Wildlife Act 2000 (primary legislationRead More

FEB 19

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR RESTRICTED FIREARMS OWNERS

Following the meeting in Mullingar on February 19th hosted by NARGC, the Association is pleased to announce that it has made a special arrangement with William Egan & Associates, Solicitors, to provide professional servicesRead More

Feb 2

IMPORTANT FIREARMS UPDATE

We are pleased to publish the following guidance which we have sought from our legal advisors, William Egan and Associates Solicitors. We ask all affected shooting people to follow the advices as outlined. In the event of any uncertainty or query please contact NARGC National Director Des Crofton through this office or William Egan & Associates at 01-6765777Read More

January 31

PRESS RELEASE - FIREARMS LICENSING CASES

Following settlement this morning in the High Court of 168 cases challenging refusals by Chief Superintendents of An Garda Siochana to grant firearms certificates, The National Association of Regional Game Councils, which is supporting the cases is outraged, but not surprised at the behaviour of Senior Gardai in the operation of the firearms licensing system. Read More

August 29

Note re Duck Tags

Note re Duck TagsRead More

July 13/14

NARGC National Clayshoot 2013

NARGC National Clayshoot 2013Read More

Nov 3

European Hunters Day 2013.

European Hunters Day 2013Read More

April 24

Your-Support-is-Needed

For Information. We need your active lobbying support.Read More

June 29

Leinster Clay Pigeon Championships

Final day of the NARGC Leinster Clay Pigeon Championships. Read More

RESPONSE

Alan Guidon, Secretary of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, has responded to my email yesterday regarding the concerns of names and addresses of firearms owners being published as part of their submissions.  Please see his reply below and I will be talking further to him this afternoon and will report again if anything of substance arises.  In simple terms, our concerns can be addressed by a separate sheet with the details of the author of each submission being provided on this sheet.  In that case, only the submission will be published, but not the address details of the author.  This is straightforward and should be acceptable.

 

On another matter, it is clear that sending form submissions i.e. copied submissions but with different names on them is counter-productive.  The copied versions add nothing new to the argument and simply serve to annoy rather than contribute to the debate.  It is a tactic which we have often in the past accused the anti-hunting groups of engaging in. So, let’s not go down that road.  The real value of submissions is that each author brings his/her own perspective.  The arguments may end up being the same, but presented from a different/individual point of view is helpful.

 

Therefore, can I please ask all to get this message out to your clubs and members.

 

Send submissions to firearmsreview@oireachtas.ie

 

Please also note the submissions to the Joint Oireachtas are entirely separate from the request for submissions by the Department of Justice which should be sent to MGWalsh@justice.ie

 

SPORTS COALITION UPDATE

 

PETITIONS AND CONTACT WITH PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES

 

I am happy to advise that the petition signing now seems to have gotten underway in earnest with 50+ sheets per day arriving in the post to the NARGC Office.  It is most encouraging to see from the postbag and emails that so many people are now active on the firearms issue.  But we need your efforts more than ever to continue - right throughout the Christmas period and into the New Year.  This means an even greater effort in getting signatures on our petition and maintaining contact with public representatives.  Please continue to get petitions signed and returned to the NARGC Office. 

 

We have today written to the Joint Oreachtas Committee on Justice and the Department of Justice, the text of which is below, setting out a serious concern which has been brought to our attention by several people and we await their response.  In the meantime, this is a very real security issue for licence holders in relation to this whole process which obstructs them participating in the review and making their views known.  We ask you all to make contact again with your public representatives and advise them of this difficulty.

 

Des Crofton

National Director

NARGC

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Spokesperson for the Sports Coalition

 

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“Dear Sir/Madam,

 

We have been receiving some queries in relation to the invitation from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in relation to submissions from individuals regarding the firearms review.  If it is the case that copies of the submissions, including the full details (addresses of authors etc), are accessible to members of the public generally, then this would pose an unacceptable security risk to firearms licence holders who are most likely to be the majority of those making submissions.  Not only would it be ironic that the Committee and the DOJ could be the cause of such risk, it would be a significant obstacle to those citizens who are primarily affected by the current proposals to making their views known to the Committee and the DOJ.  Can you advise how this problem (if indeed it is a problem) can be overcome so that we can reassure the many thousands of affected people we represent.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours etc.

 

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