Snooker & Billiards Ireland and World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) are delighted to announce the first ranking tournament of the 2023/24 season will see the circuit head to Ireland for the first time with the staging of the WDBS Irish Open from 28-30 July.
The international expansion represents a key step for WDBS as the organisation looks to secure the long-term return of snooker to the Paralympic Games. It remains a central objective to engage people from around the world with the aim of increasing the global reach of the WDBS Tour.
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As during the 2022/23 season, all tournaments will be open to players from all eight WDBS classification groups.
THE IRISH OPEN
The event will be played at the Snooker & Billiards Ireland HQ in Carlow, situated approximately one hour away from Dublin and accessible via air or ferry.
Eight high-quality tables will be used throughout the weekend, with a Friday Open Day overseen by leading WPBSA Snooker Coaches, prior to the competitive action across all classification groups.
The event will be supported by SBI Chairman Dylan Rees, himself a four-time champion on the WDBS Tour and an advocate for disability snooker in Ireland.
Snooker & Billiards Ireland are delighted to be hosting the WDBS Irish Open and we are sure it will be a big success. SBI will be also holding a National Disability Snooker Event for the weekend of June 24th & 25th in SBI HQ to help the players prepare.
2023 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The calendar of events for the first half of the 2023/24 season which is set to be highlighted by the staging of landmark new events in Ireland and Germany.
- Irish Open, SBI HQ, Ireland, 28-30 July 2023
- UK Championship, Northampton, 15-17 September 2023
- German Open, SC Breakers Rüsselsheim, 27-29 October 2023