Newry’s New Darts Sensation


Alan McArdle of Carrickcruppen Club is aiming to be the next big thing on the Irish darts scene after winning his second game in a row.

Alan is aiming to emulate fellow club man Paul ‘The Judge’ Kearns in becoming an Irish international darts player, following his 26 dart out in last weeks game between Whitecross Bar.

Alan told Newry Spud:

“Well since I downloaded a darts game on my phone six years ago, I’ve wanted to play darts for Ireland. I’ve been playing for the club for a few years now and it was only last week that I won my first game, when Paddy No Eyes went into a diabetic coma, 45 minutes in to our singles match.

When the ambulance turned up I knew I’d beaten him. Then this week, we played The Newry Midget Society and to be honest, the fella I was playing couldn’t reach the board and 15 minutes into the game he kept calling for a step ladder, but I told him to man up. You got to be mentally tough in this game ya see.”

And Alan doesn’t want to stop there on his next step to stardom:

“I’m aiming to beat Trainor’s life member ‘Paddy the Spear’ next. He maybe 96 years old, but he played Eric Bristow in an exhibition match in the 1980s and scored a 60 against him – you just never lose that kinda class.”