Northern Ireland Target Sports Association

NITSA History

Northern Ireland Target Sports Association

The following article was written in March 1980.

Northern Ireland Post Office Small-Bore Rifle Club
(Branch of POST OFFICE SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB)

No record can now be found of when the club was originally formed, but from the memories of older members it is thought that the club was first formed in the early or middle 1930's by a nucleus of well known shots in the post office, some of whom represented Ireland in international competitions.

On the outbreak of the second world war in 1939 the club's activities were suspended for a time, activities were revived by the post office home guard detachment in 1942 as a means of training in the use of arms. It continued as a home guard club until the cessation of hostilities in 1945 when it was reconstituted and open to all members in the post office. The club's headquarters and range were situated in the sorting office in the H.P.O., Belfast, until the needs of the postal service made the continued use of the sorting office as a part-time rifle range no longer possible. This was in 1948/49.

However at about this time a section of the then telephone area was accommodated in the custom house and permission was obtained to use the rifle range in the basement which was already used by the custom and excise rifle club. The custom house accommodation subsequently passed from the telephone area to the directors office and continued in use until the early 1960's.

On the post office vacating the custom house the collector for Northern Ireland was approached as to the continued use of the basement range by the post office club and it was agreed, a situation which exists to the present day (1980).

THE COMMITTEE, 1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L-R): Jimmy Smylie, Pat McMullan, Billy McQuaid, Davy Davies, Mick Martin, John Todd, Eddie Downing

Trophies & rifles from the old Club.

Competition Information 1965

The following is an example, from almost 40 years ago, of the competitions entered and the high standard achieved. note how often Mick Martin gets a mention.

N.S.R.A. Competition. 1965.

The Amertex Cup. (Northern Ireland Short range Championship).
Winner: M.P. Martin.

U.S.R.A. Competitions. 1965.

The Alderdice Cup. (Ulster Short Range Championship).
Winner: S,G. Oliver.

The Newsletter Cup. (Ulster Long Range Championship).
Winner: D.A. Davies.

The Cheyne Cup (Ulster Long Range Team Knockout).
Winners: N.I. Post Office.

Ulster Winter League, Division 1.
Winners: N.I. Post Office.

Ulster Individual Winter League. Division 1.
Winner: S.G. Oliver.
Runner up: M.P. Martin.

Civil Service Competitions. 1965.

The Benenden Trophy. ( C.S. Short Range Championship).
Winner: M.P. Martin.

The Nathan Cup. (Post Office Short Range Championship).
Winner: M.P. Martin.

The 'Tiddy Oggie' Trophy. (C.S. Short Range Knockout)
Winner: N.I. Post Office.

The C.S. Team Championship. (Indoor).
Winner: N.I. Post Office,

The C.S. Winter League. Division 1. (Team).
Winner: N.I. Post Office,

The C.S. Winter League. Division 1. (lndividual).
Winner: M.P. Martin.

The C.S. Winter League. Division 2. (Individual).
Winner: S.G. Oliver.

The C.S. Winter League. Division 5.
Winner: D.A. Davies.

The C.S. Winter League, Division 15,
Winner: J.A. Smylie.

The C,S. Summer League, Team. Division 1,
Winners: N.I. Post Office.

The C.S. Summer League. Individual. Division 1,
Winner: M.P. Martin.
Runner up. S.G. Oliver,

The O'Meara Cup, (Telephone Area Championship).
Winners: Belfast Telephone Area.

The Scottish Open Meeting. 1965.

The National Championship. M.P. Martin tied 3rd,

N.S.R.A. Competition 1966.

The News of the World Trophy. (National Championship.)
Winner: M.P. Martin,

The Amertex Cup. (Northern Short Range Championship).
Winner: M.P. MartIn.

U.S.R.A. Winter Meeting. 1966.

The Class 'A' Aggregate.
Winner: M.P. Martin.


 

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