The Irishman eagled the par five second and followed that up with birdies at the sixth and ninth to climb to nine under.
That was the mark overnight co-leaders David Lynn, Gary Boyd and Julien Guerrier started the third round on and all three were level for their first three holes to make it a four-way tie at the top.
Amongst those just one shot off the pace was England's Simon Dyson - who can snatch a Ryder Cup place in the final qualifying event with a win on Sunday.
Also eight under was Edoardo Molinari - aiming to impress Captain Colin Montgomerie enough for one of his three wildcards - France's Gregory Bourdy and England's Mark Foster.
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