20 year old Irishman Ciaran Teehan is a rising star on the darts circuit. Recently Ciaran picked up his first PDC tour title with a win in Event 17 of the 2019 PDC Challenge Tour. At the time of writing Ciaran is preparing to take on Michael Warbuton in the quarter finals of the BDO World Masters.
Carter caught up with Ciaran earlier in the week for a brief interview for Darts Mad.
Darts Mad interview with Ciaran Teehan
Today DartsMad is joined by Irish Star Ciaran Teehan. Teehan competes on the PDC Circuit and has won a PDC Challenge Tour event this year and has been a runner up on the PDC Development Tour.
DM: The PDC World Youth Championship is coming up in a few weeks, how much are you looking forward to it?
CT: Really looking forward to it , biggest tournament in the world for development tour players , lots of opportunities for TV events if u can get to the final or win it.
DM: You are in a decent position to qualify for the PDC World Championships, you are £1,000 away from the last spot on the Development Tour order of merit. What would that mean to you if you qualified?
CT: To qualify for the world championship would be a dream come through, would be unreal to play on the Ally Pally stage.
DM: You are also in a great position to win a PDC Tour Card. If you can get a decent run in a few of the remaining events, who knows you could be heading to Ally Pally and also win a PDC Tour Card. Are you confident of coming through?
CT: If I can have the same weekend as I did in Wigan at the last challenge tour weekend I will have a great chance of getting the spot. I’ve had a very good year so just have to go over and try do the same but I won’t be putting myself under pressure over it.
DM: You only played your first PDC Challenge Tour Events last month, and you went and won your first event and then lost in the final of the second one on the Sunday. Do you think if you had played all the events, you would be higher up the table and maybe be in a position for a PDC Tour Card?
CT: The Challenge tour was a brilliant weekend. I went over to gain some experience and ended up winning , of course I would have probably had a good chance if I went to all of them but just have to focus on what I have coming up now.
DM: Shamrock Darts Management has recently signed you up, how great have they been to you since you joined and does it take pressure off your shoulders for the financial side of things?
CT: Yes its great to have someone like Shamrock Darts management backing me, and I’m really looking forward to working with them in the future to try and achieve my goals.
DM: The likes of Steve Lennon are in the same management team as you, and he has been playing well since he joined the PDC. how great is he to you and how much does it help being in the same management team as him?
CT: We have a great team we all get on very well , Steve has done great things in the pdc already and has only been on the tour for a few years. it would be great to follow in his footsteps in the next few years.
DM: What would you say the standard is like back in your home country Ireland? With the likes of yourself, Keane Barry, Killian Heffernan and Liam Gallagher all great quality young players.
CT: I think the standard in Ireland is higher than it has ever been at the moment , so many good players around , I think there will be a good few who really break through in the next few years.
DM: What are your targets for the rest of the year?
CT: Hopefully finish out the year strong with some good wins, it would be great to be on the pro tour by this time next year I will give it my best from now till the end of the year.
Many thanks for joining us Ciaran, we wish you all the best in the last PDC Development Tour weekend and the PDC World Youth Championships. Thanks to Gerry as well for sorting the interview.