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Newtown marksman fires historic shots 27.06.11

by Caoimhinn Barr, Inishowen Independent

A NEWTOWN marksman has become the first Irish man to win all four home majors in clay pigeon shooting after two stunning cross-channel displays recently.
Jim Doherty (37) took top honours at the Krieghoff Classic in Wales before storming to victory at the English Open in Dorset with two scintillating performances on the biggest stage.
The son of Seamus and Nora Doherty, Jim, the current captain of the Irish DTL shooting team, knew the omens were good when this year’s Welsh final was held at a place called Newtown.
“I have a good record at that venue so I knew I had a good chance to win,” he said.
After defeating more than 450 triggermen at the Welsh event, Jim repeated the feat at the English Open, out-shooting more than 300 on his way to an historic victory.
“I was able to take my good form from Wales into the English Open. On the day anyone could beat anyone else but luckily everything fell into place for me,” Jim added.
Newtown marksman, Jim Doherty.
A delighted Jim said the two victories marked the best week in his shooting career so far
“I am absolutely delighted to have won. It is an honour for me to become the first Irish man to win all four,” he said.
Victory at Dorset has given Jim somewhat of a dilemma though because his prize for winning is a choice between around €5,000 in cash or a five-year deal to use a Krieghoff weapon, worth €13,000.
“I still haven’t made my mind up about which option to go for. I’ve never shot a Krieghoff before so I’m not sure if it would suit me,” Jim said.
An IT consultant with Donegal County Council, Jim first garnered an interest in the niche sport when he attended a clay pigeon shoot at Quigley’s Point as a youngster with his father Seamus.
He is now looking forward to the European Championships in Waterford before taking his over/under Beretta shotgun to the British Open in County Derry next month.
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