Welcome to Hempstown Clay Pigeon Club

Thank you for visiting our website. As the name suggests we are a Clay Pigeon Shooting Club. We are based in Hempstown, Blessington Co Wicklow and have been operating here since 1989.
We are a medium sized club consisting of 32 members and specialise in the Sporting Discipline of Clay target shooting. We are fully Insured by Countryside Alliance Ireland, through the Leinster Inter Club League (www.leinsterleague.com) and shoot every Sunday, Rain or Shine.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our club please contact us and why not try your luck at our virtual skeet shooting game in the Multimedia section.

Hempstown CPC is proud to support The National Childrens Hospital in Crumlin. Each year at our Christmas shoot we hold a charity Auction for any outstanding prizes. The Club matches all moneies raised and donates this to the Childrens Hospital so as they can continue to support the Children and their Families under their care. Each year we do our best to match or break the previous years donation. To see our progress please visit our Donations Page.


What is Clay Pigeon Shooting?

Clay pigeon shooting, also known as clay target shooting, and formally known as Inanimate Bird Shooting, is the art of shooting at special flying targets, known as clay pigeons or clay targets, with a shotgun or any type of firearm. Clays

The terminology commonly used by clay shooters often relates to times past, when live-pigeon competitions were held. Although such competitions were made illegal in the UK in 1921, a target is still called a 'target' or 'bird', a hit is referred to as a 'hit' or 'kill', a missed target might be described as a 'bird away' and the machine which projects the targets is known as a 'trap'.

Clay TrapClay pigeon shooting has at least 20 different forms of regulated competition called disciplines, although most can be grouped under the main headings of Trap, Skeet, and Sporting.