Tullow man Keith O’Neill’s Junior Darts Academies are currently being showcased as part of The Cork International Film Festival with the Movie “Seven Feet and a quarter Inches”.
The Movie made with Motherland productions and directed by Peter O’ Brien showcases the the rise of Darts in Ireland and is the only Darts related movie of its kind. You can watch the trailer below or check out the full film by browsing here.
Keith’s journey began in Tullow in 2015 when he opened the very first Junior Darts Academy at the back of Supervalu carpark owned by Mr Tommy Hickson.
As they started to grow O’Neill then opened up another Darts Academy in Dublin where they got to represent Ireland in Gibraltar last year at The Junior Darts Corporation World Cup, World Championships and International Open. Meath’s Keane Barry went onto win The World championships and International Open, subsequently Keane also went on to win the super 16 title.
They are now have five academies in Ireland Dublin, Carlow, Laois, Westmeath and Co Antrim. Speaking with KCLR , O’Neill outlined how it has a special look at one of the academies standout talent’s Katie Sheldon.
“It was two years ago I was contacted by Motherland productions and the director Peter O’Brien and he said he wanted to do a documentry on the rise of junior darts in Ireland. When the trailer first came out that was the first anyone seen of it. What their main focus now was the battle a young lady has in a men’s game”
Listen back to the full interview here :