Northern Ireland Polo Club debut at Balmoral Show

THE Balmoral Show returned in September with the new edition of an exhibition polo tournament played in the Lisburn Northern Ireland grounds, the all-inclusive games fielding players of widespread abilities and ages.

Northern Ireland Polo Club manager Jamie McCarthy (l-r), Ian McCulla, Vickie Whte and James Donnelly. Image credit: RUAS

The new edition showcased Irish polo in knockout rounds for five teams from the Northern Ireland Polo Club as an accessible sport for anyone with an interest in horses and ball sports. The debut event was staged with the Balmoral Show’s return for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, postponed from the traditional date in May.

Northern Ireland Polo Club manager Jamie McCarthy and James Donnelly, wearing black shirts in a tournament over the summer at Tyrella Beach Polo Club Northern Ireland. Image credit: Kim Mullahey

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Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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