18-year-old Jason Devaney, from the Crosmolina Snooker Club in county Mayo, has won the Republic Of Ireland Senior National Championship, creating history in the process.

He becomes the first person to hold three national titles after already bagging Under 19 and Under 21 National Championships.

In the final at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow Devaney narrowly beat Irish number one David Hogan from Nenagh, 8-6.

Devaney now tops both junior rankings tables for the season and is number seven on the senior table. This qualifies him to play in the Senior Home Internationals as one of the youngest players ever to compete for Ireland.

As national champion, Devaney will compete in the World Amateur Championship in China next November. Before that, he travels to Canada for the World Under 21 Championships in July.

Although David Hogan was beaten in the final, his season also ends on a high. By finishing number one in the rankings, he earns a place on the professional tour next season where he will come up against players such as John Higgins, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ken Doherty.

Nine other titles were decided over the weekend with 70-year- old Larry Drennan from Kilkenny creating his own piece of history when he beat former pro Eugene Hughes to take the senior billiards title for the fourth time. Drennan won his first title 41 years ago in 1970.

Mark Tuite from Killarney won the Masters title, while Michelle Sherwin from Dublin retained her women's title. In the underage deciders, Josh Boileau from Newbridge won the Under 16 title, while Shane Bates from Wexford took the Under 14 title.