(Credit: SBI Ireland – SBI HQ/Academy in Carlow)

World Matchplay Championship & Irish Open 1st – 8th April 2022:

We are pleased to announce details of the much anticipated World Matchplay short-format Billiards championship to be held in April 2022.

The event will be held at the new Snooker & Billiards Academy in Carlow, Ireland. For those who have travelled and participated in previous events at The Ivy Rooms in Carlow, the new venue is located nearby. It has four Star tables and four Shender tables which are kept in “championship condition”, we are looking forward to experiencing the great conditions during the events.

Once again the modified short-format and baulkline crossing rules will be in operation for the World Matchplay.

Venue Details:

Academy of Excellence Graiguecullen,
Co. Laois,
Carlow Town

On-site parking is available, further info on the venue’s facilities to follow.

(Credit: SBI Ireland – Works continue inside the academy)


The Irish Open will run from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd April. The Matchplay will follow on from this on the 4th running until its climax on the 8th.


We have negotiated a reduced rate at the The Talbot Hotel which is situated a short drive away from the venue.

  • Twin/Double room (2 people sharing) – €79 per night
  • Single room (sole occupancy) – €75 per night

These rates include breakfast.

Please be aware that due to the negotiated price, we stipulate that all players and officials are required to stay at this hotel. It can be very expensive to stay in Ireland around this time of year and we are very thankful to The Talbot Hotel for their hospitality and agreement in hosting us for these events at the reduced rate(s).

Details on how to reserve a room will be available shortly.


Information to assist your travels to the events will be added soon.

World Matchplay Entry Criteria:

The entry criteria will be based on previous World Championships, entry packs will be available soon. This event will feature a maximum of 55 players.

Enter Event(s):

The Irish Open is a Level 3 World Ranking event, it will be open entry as normal and is £50 to enter.

The World Matchplay Championship is a Level 6 World Ranking event and is £90 to enter.


The Talbot Hotel Event Sponsor