Welcome to Athy Golf Club
As Captains of Athy Golf Club we would like to welcome you the members and indeed non-members to our website and most importantly to our club. Hopefully you will find the time to play our well renowned and possibly the best golf course in Leinster, open all year round. Conveniently located just over 45 minutes from Dublin Athy Golf Club is one of County Kildare’s finest golf courses. With a full bar, restaurant and event facilities the club is an ideal location for your next society golf event.
Paddy Kelly. R.I.P.
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Paddy on January 10th.
Paddy was born in March 1961 as the second child to Maureen & Dickie Kelly of The
Lodge, Geraldine House. Other siblings are Mary, Christy, Sean, Ann, Ger, Richie, Peter
& Michael. He and his family lived closest to the clubhouse and as might be expected the
family has a long association with the club, culminating this year in the joy of the election
of Richie as Club Captain and the sadness at the passing of Paddy .
Paddy first began to play golf officially at the club in the mid ‘60, he and his brother
Christy began to play in Juvenile competitions and Paddy won his first Plaque in 1965.
He drifted away from the game for more than 15 years until we saw him emerge as a
force to be reckoned with when playing for the club in many inter club events. He
represented the club with distinction in the Barton Cup, the Junior Cup, the Jimmy Bruen
and the Provincial Towns Trophy. He was on our Towns Cup team beaten in the ‘86 final
and on the Jimmy Bruen team beaten in the 1994 Leinster semi final. In 1992 he played
Barton Cup off 6 and we think this was his lowest handicap. It was always a pleasure to
play golf with Paddy as he was always cheerful but fiercely competitive. In summer 1993
the club had a special 4 person team event to open our extended course and the winning
team consisted of Paddy and his brothers Christy, Sean and Ger – all fine golfers. Richie
was not selected as his handicap (1) was too low to give them enough shots. Naturally
though Richie was allowed join the brothers for the official photograph.
In the mid 90’s he once more drifted away from the club and it was almost 20 years later
before Richie convinced him to make a second comeback.
During his two sabbaticals family commitments and an earlier stint in England took
precedence over his golf commitments. He married his first wife Maisie and they had
three children, Siobhan, Mark & Lorraine before Maisie was tragically knocked off her
bike and died at Lehane’s corner. Paddy re-married, he and his wife Kay were blessed
with eight children, Noelle, Evelyn, Pappy, Sarah, Leanne, Mary, Aaron & Katie.
Paddy’s father Dickie was involved in the building of our second clubhouse, fondly called
The Tegral Clubhouse. Paddy himself did his building work out the course as he
constructed the shelters we have now on the 3rd, 11th and 13th tees. He also maintained the
O’Neill / Carbery / Tobin plots at Geraldine Cemetary, this is directly behind the Ladies
During his working life in Athy he spent many years in Tegral, he worked as a bank
porter in what was then the Hibernian Bank in Leinster St and in later years he traversed
the country working for T M Lyons and Co Ltd.
Paddy had a great love of music, he was a good singer and well able to play the mouth
organ and the accordion. He will be remembered as a great neighbour and he cut lawns as
well as being the local diy expert out in Kilberry. He developed a great love of ponies and
horses and he spent many enjoyable hours with his sons Pappy & Aaron.
Paddy’s time on this earth was far too short but thankfully he did not suffer his illness for
too long before he passed away. His funeral was one of the biggest ever witnessed in the
town and we hope the family will take comfort in the fact that he was a nice man and
highly regarded by all who knew him.
To his mother Maureen, his wife Kay and children, his siblings, relations and friends we
extend our sympathies on behalf of all of us at the club.
Paddy you will be missed by all of us at the club and may you Rest in Peace.
Athy Golf Club
Pat Fingleton. R.I.P.
It was with sadness that we heard before Christmas of the sad and early passing of our
member Pat Fingleton.
Pat was born only a few miles out the road in Ballyadams and from an early age he
developed a love of football and in this respect we are sure our near neighbours in St
Joseph’s GAA Club in Ballyadams will not mind if we quote from their website tribute to Pat:
“It’s with a heavy heart that we try to put a few words together that might best describe our
loss at the passing of one of our greatest disciples to the Saint Joseph’s GAA Club.
Yesterday the 20th December a brave new group of players double scored the opposition to
win the County U21 title. Amongst our supporters was the late great Pat Fingleton who
Played, Managed and Chaired our Club. Yesterday’s players would not remember the
Calmness, Composure and Leadership he brought to the Club in his many roles. They won’t
remember his heroics for the Laois Minor Final of 1967, his travels from Fermoy and
Donegal to train for Laois and St Joseph’s. How he missed as Captain, the Leinster Club
Final defeat to Walsh Island 1978.
But Pat Fingleton did comment on the assuredness and commitment that those U21’s
displayed when he celebrated their win in the Pedigree Corner on Sunday Evening. He left
the Pedigree Corner with his good friend Dessie Brennan in great spirits and later text him to
thank him for a great day, always an Officer and a Gentleman. He was there at our start and
our re-start. “
Like many of our friends from the Laois side of the border he emigrated into Kildare and he
married Mairead Brennan, the daughter of Tadhg and the granddaughter of Fintan. Fintan
was a Past Chairman of Kildare GAA and Athy GAA and Tadhg was very closely associated
with our local GAA club and a long standing member of the golf club. Despite the Brennan
connections he remained a true Laois man and he partook in the banter that is so prominent
in Athy between people from Kildare & Laois.
Pat had a very successful career in the army, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and he
served The Irish Army and The U.N. with distinction in Damascus (Syria), Golan Heights
(Israel), Western Sahara, Croatia as well as several stints in the Lebanon. We can be sure
there were many interesting & scary moments during his periods of duty in these places.
Pat was a Life Member and a very popular member of Athy Golf Club and he enjoyed his
regular games at the club. It is fair to say he preferred Team Events, such as Charity
Classics rather than Singles competitions. He played much of his early golf with Seamus
Carbery, Jack Fenelon and Brian Tobin and JF tells us that Pat was a great man to have on
a team as they were guaranteed several 4 pointers and even the odd 5 pointer as he had a
good habit of making a birdie on the 16th, with 2 shots. He shots 48pts some years ago to
win a major open competition at South County Golf Club (now Lisheen Springs).
In recent years much of his golf in Athy was spent in the company of his son John and
Jimmy Barry. His great golfing buddy was Dessie Brennan, mentioned above in the tribute
from St Josephs.
Pat, your quiet presence will be missed at the club but we are happy that your connections
to the club will be maintained as your son John is a member and your brother Chris is our
All of us in Athy Golf Club extend our sympathies to his loving wife Mairead, sons John and
Brian, daughter Fiona, brothers John and Chris, sister Philo, son-in-law, daughter-in-law,
brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren Megan, Lucy, Tadhg and Andrew, nieces,
nephews, relatives and friends.
May you Rest in Peace Pat.
We have our annual Christmas fair which is always a wonderful evening and really marks the start of the festive season. This will take place on Tuesday 1st December. Don’t miss out on what is a wonderful evening in the Club. There will be plenty of unique gift options at our craft stands, a mulled wine reception and all topped off with some carol singing.
Our all-important Club AGM’s are taking place in early December, please be sure to attend. It is important for voting and gives all members the opportunity to contribute to the clubs functional and organisational structure for the year ahead.
Ladies AGM – 3rd December
Club AGM – 11th December
We were saddened to hear of the death last week of Kay Moriarity, a member of long standing in the
club. Kay passed away at the great age of 95 in the loving care of the staff of Naas hospital.
Kay was born in Kilglass, Mitchelstown in 1920, a period between the end of The Great War in
Europe and the start of The Irish Civil War in 1922.
Kay came to Co.Kildare in the early 50’s when she was appointed Public Health Nurse for South
Kildare, covering Athy, Fonstown, Moone and Castledermot. This was a very large area to cover and
it is interesting to note that there are now several PHN’s now covering that region.
She joined the golf club within a few years of coming to Athy and she served us with distinction during
her year as Lady Captain in 1969 and as Lady President in 1996. In between she spent many years
on The Ladies Committee.
The first mention of Kay in our Centenary Book was in 1957 when she won an Open Singles event in
May playing off a 36 handicap. Later that year she was again on the winner’s podium when she won
the Mrs J Preisler’s competition.
While Kay played on many Thursday’s we know her work duties often took her well away from the golf
course. She did however find time to represent the club several times in the Ladies Co. Kildare Shield
and she was on the 1966 Athy ladies team narrowly beaten by Mullingar in the final of The Midland
In later years Kay’s visits to the club grew more infrequent but she was a regular bridge player each
Thursday night. She was an active member of the Geraldine Bridge Club and we understand she
played bridge at international level.
She also came out to the club for Lady Captain’s and Lady President’s Day each year. Her photo can
be seen in the Centenary Book, on the day she joined past and current Captains and Presidents for
an enjoyable afternoon in 2006.
Kay retired from nursing in 1985 and at her retirement function in Naas she received a gold watch
from her colleagues in the Eastern Health Board. Prior to her retirement she was Nurse Counsellor for
the mentally handicapped in Co. Kildare and she spent much of this time either in Moore Abbey or
with K.A.R.E. in Newbridge.
All of us who knew Kay at the club were sad at her passing and we all extend our sympathies to her
brothers Mossie and Roland, her sisters Winnie and Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews,
nieces, nephews-in-law, nieces-in-law, grandnephews and grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and
Kay, may you Rest in Peace.
What is perhaps our final ‘Majors’ of the golfing year, as well as one of the most coveted prizes for any golfer, is taking place over the next 2 weekends. First up this weekend (5th September) is Lady President Joyce Chambersprize followed next weekend by Mr President Dermot Lawler Prize 11th – 13th September. Please come out and show your support to these two wonderful club people. We wish both our Presidents a wonderful day.
Donal Murphy. R.I.P.
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Donal on July 17th.
Donal, like his wife Eileen of 57 years was born in Castledermot and he worked in Copes before he came to work in Athy in the early 1960’s. They bought a house down in Sunnyside, a lovely retreat down the canal side and close to both The Horse Bridge and The Railway Bridge.It was surely a magical place to bring up a large family.
His working life in Athy was with Minch Norton, rising from Foreman to become Plant Manager in what was a company that gave great employment in our town, alongside their neighbours in Tegral.
The first mention of Donal in our Centenary Book was in 1975, when he and his good friend Frank Kiernan, along with Claude Gough set off to The Galway Crystal Plant with a cheque for £1,000 to buy prizes for our first Open Week and 40 years on that week is still going strong. They bought so well that the club was still using that stock of crystal in 1977. It took them 3 hours to buy the stock and we believe it was a slow journey home to Athy !
Donal came on Committee in 1976, Cyril Osborne was Captain and Ger Moriarity was President. Ger, Donal, Patsy O’Neill and others were very active on the social scene in the club and Donal was the Magician. He was elected President in 1992 for two years and he therefore had the distinction of hosting the last President’s Prize on the old 9 hole course and the first on the new 18 holes layout.
During an away event in ‘Comer in March 1995 it was suggested by John King that we establish a seniors section at the club. One month later that idea came to fruition,Cyril McGovern and Donal were the main drivers and they called themselves The G.O.M.S (Grand Old Men’s Society) and they began to play their competitions every Wednesday. They averaged 12/13 each week but now that number has more than doubled and it is with thanks to Donal & Cyril that many members over the age of 55 have developed new friendships and have prolonged their golfing lives – several of The GOMS are now in their 80’s.
While reading this tribute to Donal one might be forgiven for thinking that Donal was more involved in the social and administrative side of the game but he was also a very good golfer and the author lost the few quid to him many times. Donal represented the club with success in many inter club competitions, including South Leinster and Pierce Purcell and he featured on winning Athy teams in The J B Carr Trophy, The Kildare Shield and The Mixed Shield.
Away from the club Donal liked his cards and over the years he played in two “Solo” schools. He was also an excellent Billiards player and a regular at the old CYMS Club in St John’s.
His skills also came to the fore when along with other people from the town they looked at establishing a Credit Union. They held a meeting off all interested parties in 82 Leinster St on St Patrick’s Day 1968 and two months later they opened for business in a room provided for them by Tadgh Brennan, then County Registrar in the Courthouse. Jim O’Flaherty was elected first President & Donal was elected Vice President and his good pal Patsy O’Neill was on the inaugural committee.
In 1971, a Grand Canal heritage boat, built in 1936 sank close to Sunnyside in Dec ‘71 and Donal with the help of Tom Carbery, George Spiers and members of the Fire Service raised it and it was eventually used as a barge in Dublin.
We hope the foregoing gives you a brief understanding of Donal and so many of us at the club and in the town owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacy he left behind.
To Eileen, his wife of 57 years and his children Helen, Michael, Oonagh, David , Mary, John,Olga and Donal we extend our deepest sympathies to you for giving the club a lovely man and a great club man.Our sympathies also to his sisters Ria and Maureen, his grandchildren and relations and friends,
Donal you will be missed by all of us at the club and May you Rest in Peace.
From all at Athy Golf Club
We were pleased to be in a position to reduce our Annual Subscription for 2015 and we could have not done this if we were not successful in attracting
new members to join us, indeed we were also pleased that some many former members came back to us.
We plan to reduce our subscription again for 2016 and also in 2017 if we continue to get new and retain existing members.
The Entrance Fee to join Athy Golf Club is now set at €500 and and this entitles you to membership for that year, thereafter your subscription will be the
Full Membership Subscription as set at the AGM of the Joint Club. This offer will only apply to new members or those who have not been a full member
of the club since the previous year.
To encourage existing members to help us in this recruitment drive we continue to off er you a reduction on your Annual Sub. for the following calendar year
if you introduce a new member to the club. It follows that if the member introduces two new members they then will get a reduction in 2016 & ’17,
we commit that your subscription will not exceed €500 as our incentive/ way of saying thanks to you.
Normal membership application rules apply and please note that the discount applies to the Full or Associate Member that makes the introduction –
they may not be the same person that signs the Application Form as The Proposer.
Please contact Kathleen on 059 8631729 or at for further information or application forms.
Committee of Management.
Athy Golf Club.
April 3rd 2015
The season is in full swing and it is great to see a huge amount of activity on the course. The recent grass growth can really be seen and the rough is getting rougher! With a new greens mower on the way in the next few weeks we can expect the greens to get even slicker also!Well done to all who have played, supported and managed our club teams through matches to date. We haven’t had the ‘luck of the green’ so far but huge effort has been given and great competitive golf has been played.We will be starting a New 9 hole open competition on Friday evenings, time sheets will be on-line and we will start on Friday 5th and Friday 12th June, so please support, entry for members and visitors will be only 5 Euro. Junior members are also encouraged to participate.Our next Men’s Monthly Prize presentation will take place on 19th June and the next Ladies Prize presentation takes place on the 4th June.
Very soon we will be launching a new Club website, as well as taking a stand at the County Show next month, to further promote our club. Anyone willing to volunteer at the County Show can make themselves known to me through email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Open Week is starting on the 26th June so keep an eye out for time sheets and please make every effort to invite visitors during this week.
Finally the Club Lotto is heading for over 9,400 Euro so play before this Thursday to be in with a chance to win!
Yours in Golf,
Athy Golf Club PRO