The Club is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the last surviving D-Day pilots, Bill Eames from Co Fermanagh, at the age of 97. Bill was the father of one of our esteemed members; David.
The Club wishes to express its deepest sympathy to David and the family circle at this sad time.
As an RAF pilot, Bill was involved in two of the second world war's key battles, the Allied plan to secure Pegasus Bridge and Operation Market Garden. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Honours List (2000) in recognition of community work and services to the Royal Air Forces Association.
Before dawn on D-Day, June 6 1944, the Enniskillen-born serviceman's squadron towed gliders to Ouistreham, northern France. The troops he guided in helped secure Pegasus Bridge, a key Allied objective in preventing a counter-attack by German forces.
The flight lieutenant was injured during another of the second world war's most significant events, Operation Market Garden.
For its first two days, Mr Eames dropped glider-borne soldiers into the area around Arnhem in the Netherlands. On the third day of the operation, Flt Lt Eames was badly injured by anti-aircraft fire while resupplying ground troops from a low level. Although wounded, Bill carried on and helped the other members of the crew to bring the bomber home.
His medals included the 1939-45 Star, the Aircrew Europe Star with France and Germany Clasp, the Defence Medal, and the War Medal with Mentioned in Despatches oak leaf and the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award, for his services in the liberation of France.
We thank and honour Flt Lt Eames for his service to our country. Our nation owes a debt to its heroes, like Bill, a debt we can never fully repay.
Are you planning to attend MoD ranges this year
Members planning to attend MoD range dates,
- Must book their place prior to attending.
- You must sign in at the guard hut - failure to do so will mean immediate expulsion from the facility. You also must sign out at the end of the day.
- Firearms certificate
- Club membership card
- NRA Safe Shooter Certification card (SSC)
- Photographic ID (eg Driving Licence)
The health and safety of our members is our overriding priority on range days.
When attending Club range days, please ensure all firearms are brought to the range in appropriate rifle bags/slips, pistol cases, etc.
You must not carry firearms onto the range without a case/bag.
If you do not currently have the appropriate case/bag for your firearm, please purchase same before attending the range. A bag/case will also protect your firearm during transportation.
Club Range Dates & COVID-19
The Club has booked range dates as normal for the season, however, range procedures have been enhanced to maintain the safety of club members during the Covid-19 pandemic. Full details of the updated range procedures including how to book your shooting slot are provided on the Club Calendar page - please visit our dedicated page for further details.
We wish all of our members, their families and friends continued good health and fortitude whilst navigating through these truly difficult days and exceptional circumstances.
14/04/2015 - Online Survey for Club Members and Friends/Family
As part of our proceeding forward with our range facility project, it is necessary to carry out community consultation in the form of a survey in order to show in upcoming funding applications that there is a need for such facilities in this area. The Club Committee would therefore urge all Club Members to complete the survey available via the following link and also direct as many friends/family members as possible to complete the survey, even if they are not a member of the club. For those friends/family members who do not have access to the internet, please click on the following link to open a printable version of the survey which can then be completed by hand and given to a Club Committee Member before 30th April 2015.
Online Survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y9DXBFX
Printable PDF Survey - Kirlish RPC Survey
19/07/2014 - Upcoming North West Countryside Festival (16-17th August 2014)
New to the North West is the upcoming North West Countryside Festival to be held on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014, at Shackleton Park, Ballykelly. It is a traditional game fair with all one comes to expect at such events including shooting, fishing, hunting and gundog activities plus scores of country sports related stands and exhibits.There is an introductory admission price of just £10 with the Under12s going FREE when accompanied by an adult. Car parking is also FREE. Our friends from the BASC will also be present and they encourage members of the Northern Ireland shooting community to atttend what will be a new and exciting family event for the North West region. For more information, visit the event's website at: http://www.countrysidefestivals.com/northcoast/
08/04/2014 - Visit from BASC (Northern Ireland)
Once again, Kirlish Rifle & Pistol Club had the privelage on the 8th April of welcoming two of the Northern Ireland regional team of the BASC to Kirlish. They provided an extensive update on their work and activities within the shooting and conservation scene in Northern Ireland. A number of "grass roots" queries were also put forward during some question & answer time at the end. This was very much appreciated by the Club Members who attended. A number of members also took this opportunity to join the BASC and take advantage of the many benefits on offer. More information about the BASC is available via their website: www.basc.org.uk
Ivan Buchanan (Club Chairman), Amanda McCallion (BASC Development Officer) and other Club Officers & Members in attendance
22/10/2013 - Visit from BASC (Northern Ireland)
By way of invitation from Club Officials, Kirlish Rifle & Pistol Club had the privelage on the 22nd October of welcoming two of the Northern Ireland regional team of the BASC to Kirlish, when they gave a great insight into their work and activities and also where they fit into the shooting community in Northern Ireland. This talk was well attended by Club members who also interacted throughout the talk, putting forward their own questions and opinions on certain matters. This included the well debated subject of fees for FAC holders and how the BASC is fighting against them being increased. More information about the BASC is available via their website: www.basc.org.uk
From Left: Ivan Buchanan (Club Chairman), Tommy Mayne (BASC Regional Director), Thomas Buchanan MLA, Amanda McCallion (BASC Development Officer)
25/03/2013 - New website created and launched