East Cork’s Derek Kiely Set for Role at European Championships

By Jordan McCarthy


Snooker journalist Derek Kiely has been appointed as Press Officer for next month’s EBSA European Snooker Championships in Bulgaria.
The Youghal man will have a whole host of duties at the tournament, which gets underway in early February. He has held the role before – he was operating as Press Officer in Malta three years back – and is excited to be returning to the international scene, having covered the International Challenge Cup, which Ireland won, in Scotland, last autumn.
With the Munster and All-Ireland Championships still to come, it’s safe to say that this is a hectic time in the snooker calendar. Derek told the East Cork Journal that, although it is a busy period, he’s really looking forward to the next six weeks.
‘‘It’s a busy time. But, I love it all. The EBSA met with me in Edinburgh and offered me the role. The guy in charge, Maxime Cassis, spoke with me about getting back involved in European snooker. I am impressed with Maxime and he has got some fantastic ideas. Basically, we want the various nations keeping in touch with what’s happening in their own countries.
‘‘In Bulgaria, my duties will include working as Press Officer for over 40 nations. I will also be updating the website – www.ebsa.tv – and the official Facebook page. I’ll liaise with local and international media, too. I’ll also be looking after the players and dealing with the sports body in Bulgaria. Sofia is the European Capital of Sport this year, so there’s good interest there and it gives the tournament an even bigger profile.’’
The attention is very much on Killarney for the time being, with the Munster Championships (18th – 21st Jan) and the All Ireland Championships (25th – 28th Jan) taking place there later this month. It is the best time of the year, for anyone involved in snooker. Although Killarney is the main focus for now, Derek is already gearing up for the European Championships; and he’s tipping the Cork contingent to make a big impact in Sofia next month.
‘‘Ross Bulman and Aaron Hill, both from Cork, are competing in the under 18 and under 21 events. They could do well and one of them may even win the under 18 championship. They’ve been there, they know what it takes. Greg Casey is a stalwart and he is also there competing at the Europeans’. There’s a big link between the amateur game and the pro circuit. The under 21 winner and the senior men’s winner will both get pro tour tickets.’’
Speaking about Derek’s appointment, to the position of Press Officer, Maxime Cassis told ebsa.tv; ‘‘we are delighted to inform you that Derek Kiely (Ireland) accepted to bring his support to the EBSA as ‘Press Officer’ during the next European U18, U21 & Men’s Snooker Championships to be held in Sofia/Bulgaria from the 2nd to 16th February 2018. Derek has an impressive CV, he started with BBC London and then worked in many other companies in Ireland especially in the region of Cork (Youghal). He officiated as Freelance Sports Journalist covering Snooker, Rugby and GAA and was also involved in Public relations, TV commentator reporter, managing editor of newspaper, managing company websites. Derek will work very hard as Press Officer to help promote the next European Snooker Championships.’’