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A quick reminder to all that the Athy GC fundraising weekend will take place the weekend of 28th-31st October this year. This is a key event in the club calendar in terms of keeping the club running over the Winter months and we dearly need all of your support. The format for the weekend is as follows:

Friday 28th and Saturday 29th: Open Singles

Sunday 30th & Monday 31st: 2 Person Team Event

Entry Fee: €15 for members and their invited guests

€40/€50 for 3/4 days separate entry

€20 for visitors with €40/€50 separate entry

Prizes valued in excess of €2000 on offer at the weekend!!

Timesheets available at https://www.brsgolf.com/athy/members_home.php for members and at  http://www.brsgolf.com/athy/visitor_home.php and all are welcome.


All of us at Athy Golf Club wish the very best of luck to Phil Brown’s ‘Mighty Minors’ who continue their All-Ireland odyssey against Co. Armagh Golf Club in Dundalk GC on Thursday 22nd September. A huge amount of hard work and practice and preparation has gone into this journey, sweeping all before them. The team of Ann Bradbury, Joyce Chambers, Joan Murphy, Ann Fenlon & Jacqui Doyle are fighting strong and have done us all proud.

Bring home the pennant ladies! promo

Athy had a brilliant result in the 1st Leg of our Leinster Final of the JB Carr Trophy. Playing on a very tricky course in Greenore, we managed to only come away with a one point deficit heading into the 2nd Leg in Athy. At one stage, late in the day, we were looking at the possibility of a complete whitewash defeat 0-5. However, our ‘Senior citizens’ are made of steel, exemplified by a great comeback by Jim Fitzpatrick and Barry Kelly – 5 down after 11 holes, they came back to win their match on the 19th hole. Likewise, Ivor Hegarty and Robbie Flood were winners on the 19th; this time thanks to a sublime wedge shot over a cavernous bunker by Ivor, that Phil Mickelson would have been proud of. The other three pairings fought like tigers too and were only defeated in the end by the narrowest of margins. The team were very well supported on the day by many of our members making the long journey to Co. Louth. In fact, we had as many supporters present as did the Home side. The result augurs well for this week’s clash on Thursday, 11th August. Let’s hope that Home advantage and huge local support will carry this great team over the finishing line – it’s a result that Michael Doyle, their astute Manager, would richly deserve.

JB Carr Trophy v Greenore (Leinster Final, 1st Leg) – Mens (O60) Scotch Foursomes

Date: Friday, 5th August – 5 games, in Greenore.

Team: Kieran O’Doherty/Bryan O’Doherty, Micheál O’Grady/Paddy Phillips, Brian Tobin/Noel Dunny, Jim Fitzpatrick/Barry Kelly, Ivor Hegarty/Robbie Flood.

Manager: Michael Doyle.

Result: Athy 2 Greenore 3.


JB Carr Trophy v Greenore (Leinster Final, 2nd Leg) – Mens (O60) Scotch Foursomes

Date: Thursday, 11th August @ 1:00 pm – 5 games, in Athy.

Team: to be selected.

Manager: Michael Doyle.

Date for your Diary –

Minor Cup v Gowran Park (Mid-Leinster Final) – Ladies Singles

Date: Saturday, 27th August – 5 games, in Wexford.

Team: to be selected.

Manager: Phil Brown.

Support for all the teams would be greatly appreciated.

Colm Brown and Joan McDonald-Hyland

Coordinators for Mens and Ladies Teams

The Ruby Walsh Pro Am has been raising money for Crumlin Children’s hospital since 2005. This year, in association with its sponsors Simply Workflow and Creane & Creane, the tournament is being held in Athy Golf Club on August 12th.

Teams of four can register as either Corporate (€450) or Private (€300) by contacting Kathleen Gray on 059 863 1729 or

All developments within the hospital are fully funded by charitable donations from the public which is why the target for this year’s tournament is €20,000. It will go towards developing the Children’s Outpatients Department, which sees 80,000 children pass through it each year.
We would love if you could join us on the day in support of this worthy cause.
Athy Golf Club


Hard luck to our Junior Foursomes Ladies as they lost out to a very strong Mullingar team in the Semi-final on Sunday. Joan Murphy and her squad put in sterling performances throughout the competition and should be justifiably pleased at reaching so far in the event. Well done, Ladies.
Junior Foursomes v Mullingar (Semi-final) – Ladies

Date: Sunday, 17th July – 3 games, in Tullamore.

Team: Ber Kehoe/Catherine Moore, Heather Hegarty/Emma Gillis, Phil Brown/Gobnait Walsh.

Manager: Joan Murphy.

Result: Athy 0.5 Mullingar 2.5.

Our O60’s Men go marching on! Up against a formidable team from South Dublin in Milltown GC, they battled tenaciously to get a fantastic win. They are now into the Leinster Final of this prestigious tournament and their opponents are Greenore from Co. Louth. The Final is played over two legs, Home and Away. Well done Michael Doyle and all the squad.

JB Carr Trophy v Milltown (Leinster Semi-final) – Mens (O60) Scotch Foursomes

Date: Monday, 18th July – 5 games, in Athy.

Team: Kieran O’Doherty/Bryan O’Doherty, Micheál O’Grady/Paddy Phillips, Brian Tobin/Noel Dunny, Jim Fitzpatrick/Barry Kelly, Ivor Hegarty/Robbie Flood.

Manager: Michael Doyle.

Result: Athy 3 Milltown 2.

Upcoming Matches –


Minor Cup v Castlecomer (Semi-final) – Ladies Singles

Date: Wednesday, 27th July @ 4:15 pm – 5 games, in Mountrath.

Team: Joyce Chambers, Ena Harkin, Emma Gillis, Jacqui Doyle, Joan Murphy.

Manager: Phil Brown.


JB Carr Trophy v Greenore (Leinster Final, 1st Leg) – Mens (O60) Scotch Foursomes

Date: to be played by Monday, 15th August – 5 games, either in Athy or Greenore.

Team: to be selected.

Manager: Michael Doyle.


Support for all the teams would be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations from all at Athy Golf Club go to Fred Darling, who held his nerve to capture Mr Richard Kelly’s Captains Prize. Having slept on the lead all week, Fred kept his cool to hold off his nearest challenger Kealan Bolger who chased him all the way home. On a testing course setup that did not yield too many low scores, Fred’s score of 141 meant that he would hold bragging rights over all comers for the next 12 months.

Congratulations to all the prize winners over the two weekends but particular praise must also go to Eugene O’Toole, winner of the Gross Category, Ivor Hegarty who won the Past Captains Prize, the three Category Winners, Paddy Ennis, Kieran Kelly and Martin Doyle and also to the Ladies Prize winner, Paula O’Flaherty.

For our captain Richie, this event was the pinnacle of many years work on behalf of the club and all of us at Athy Golf Club are very grateful for all the hours he has put in over the years on behalf of, and representing the club. We wish him all the best for the remainder of his year as Captain.

Again, thanks must also go to Roy and his team of greenkeeping staff who had the course in immaculate condition for the two weekends.



Our Kildare Mixed Shield team had outstanding scores of 67.5, 72.5 and 74 in Edenderry on Monday. In the most difficult of playing conditions, they lost on count-back to the host Club, Edenderry. Hard luck to all concerned.

Kildare Mixed Shield (in Edenderry) – Scotch Foursomes

Date: Monday, 13th June – 4 games.

Team: Colm Brown/Mary Kelly, Leo Fitzgerald/Joyce Chambers, Ciarán O’Donohoe/Sandra Meredith, Eddie McDonald/Phil Brown.

Managers: Colm Brown/Joan McDonald-Hyland.

Result: 214 nett. 2nd place, beaten by Edenderry on count-back.

Our next match is not until Wednesday, 22nd June; but it is an important one. Manager Joan Murphy and her team are up against Roscrea that day in the quarter-final of the Junior Foursomes. Good luck to everyone in the squad, and all support who can make it over on the day will I’m sure be greatly appreciated!

Junior Foursomes v Roscrea (Qtr Final, in Abbeyleix) – Ladies

Date: Wednesday, 22nd June @ 4:00 pm – 3 games.

Team: Phil Brown/Gobnait Walsh, Ber Kehoe/Catherine Moore, Heather Hegarty/Jo Whelan.

Manager: Joan Murphy.

A reminder to all as the ‘majors’ start to come thick and fast, that the respective Captain’s Days are as follows:

Mr Captain Richie Kelly:

Qualifying Weekend: 8th, 9th, 10th July

Top 99 Qualified Players compete on Saturday 16th July for the chance to win the overall prize


Ms Lady Captain Anne-Marie Reeves:

Thursday 21st July & Saturday 23rd July


Do not forget to enter, and the very Best of Luck to the respective Captains on the pinnacle of their golfing year.

As we move into the long Summer months, the weather has finally taken a turn for the better. With better weather, our thoughts at Athy GC turn to Open Week, which this year takes place from the 24th June to 3rd July. The schedule has been confirmed as follows:

Friday 24th June: 9 Hole 2 Person Team Event (Sponsored by Tom & Brid Myers)

Saturday 25th June: Mens 18h Singles Strokes (Sponsored by Sean Hicks Catering)

Sunday 26th June: 18 Holes Fourball V Par (Sponsored by AIB)

Monday 27th June: Mens & Ladies 18h Scotch Foursomes (Sponsored by Athy Driving Range)

Tuesday 28th June: 18h Singles Stableford Mens & Ladies (Sponsored by Gerry Reynolds Dog Holidays Ltd)

Wednesday 29th June: Mens & Ladies 18h Fourball (Sponsored by John McCormack Financial Services)

Thursday 30th June: Ladies 18h Singles (Sponsored by Gillen Jewellers)

Friday 1st July: 18h Singles Stableford Mens & Ladies & 9h Mixed Foursomes (Sponsored by Garden of Eden)

Saturday 2nd July: Mens & Ladies 18h Singles (Sponsored by JR Perry)

Sunday 3rd July: 18h 2 Person Team Event (Sponsored by Valeo Foods)


Timesheets are now available on our website, or by going to http://www.brsgolf.com/athy/members_home.php for members or http://www.brsgolf.com/athy/visitor_home.php for visitor bookings.


Happy golfing!



The first ‘major’ of the year, the Seán McDermott Scratch & Nett Cups, took place this past weekend. It was a game of two halves in many ways, as players on Saturday were greeted with wind and rain while the Sunday players definitely got the better of the conditions with temperatures of close to 20C. It has been a slow start to the golfing season thanks to Mother Nature but it was fantastic to see the 3rd green back in play and the new tee box looking resplendent in the Sunday sunshine. Major kudos must go to Roy butler and his team for their hard work and dedication during the past Winter and we continue to reap the benefits of their hard work.

In the Scratch Cup section it was a tight event at the head of affairs with Jonathan Kelly (73) despite going OB on 17 just edging out both Seán Hicks (74) and a fast finishing PJ Finnegan (74), who was 2 under for his back 9.

In the Nett event it was also tight with Paul Doyle just pipping James Halpin to the trophy with both having returned scorching 66’s on a course which was playing quite tricky, with juicy rough to catch any wayward tee shots. Kieran O’Doherty joined Paul and James on the podium in third with a 69. With CSS being 72 on both days, there will be some players getting used to their new handicaps today!

As this event traditionally marks the start of the ‘real’ golfing season in Athy, it was fantastic to see such a great turnout and some brilliant scores being returned.

The next couple of weekends are all Order of Merit counting so make sure to get on the timesheet early and progressing towards those 2016 golfing goals!




As the season finally gets underway, after many months of rain and cold weather, a quick reminder to all that one of the ‘major’ events we have in Athy GC is almost upon us. This event, the Seán McDermott Scratch & Nett cups has long been one of the most prestigious events on the club calendar and I would encourage you all to get your names down on the timesheet on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May.

Best of luck and happy golfing!

Team News Update: Monday, 25th April
Our Ladies Junior Foursomes team scored a dramatic victory last Saturday
(23/04) over Portarlington in their 1st rd match, played in the neutral venue of
The Heath. All three matches were close, with Athy just prevailing by the
narrowest of margins. Up next is either Mount Temple or Portlaoise, with the
venue still to be selected. The very best of luck to the Manager (Joan Murphy)
and her team.
Junior Foursomes v Portarlington (Rd 1, in The Heath) ­ Ladies
Date: Saturday, 23rd April ­ 3 games.
Team: Phil Brown/Gobnait Walsh, Ber Kehoe/Catherine Moore, Jacqui
Doyle/Jo Whelan.
Manager: Joan Murphy.
Result: Athy 2 Portarlington 1.

On the same day, (Sat 23/04), our O50’s Men were doing battle with Newbridge
in the Duggan Cup. Unfortunately, they lost by the odd match in another close
contest. Commiserations to the team and their Manager Vinny Hurley.
Duggan Cup v Newbridge (Rd 1) ­ Mens (O50) Foursomes
Date: Saturday, 23rd April ­ 3 Home games, 2 Away games.
Team: Brian Tobin/Jim S Kelly, Arty Kavanagh/Kieran O’Doherty, Mark
Beever/Paddy Phillips, Bryan O’Doherty/Pat Hennessy, Ivor Hegarty/Ned
Manager: Vinny Hurley.
Result: Athy 2 Newbridge 3.

Colm Brown and Joan McDonald­Hyland
Co­ordinators for Mens and Ladies Teams, Athy GC

Congratulations to our Irish Mixed Foursomes and JB Carr Trophy teams on
their great wins against strong opposition over the weekend.

In the Irish Mixed, after Kathleen Gray hit a great recovery from a fairway
bunker, Captain Richie Kelly sank a ‘tramliner’ on the final green to snatch a
surprise win. Micheál O’Grady and Grace Kelly then sealed the victory on the
20th hole. The Away players performed heroically too; with Bill Martin and
Elaine Hatton getting the vital win away. Athy’s next opponents are either The
Heath or Portarlington.

Mick Doyle’s JB Carr Trophy team secured a super win over Killeen in this
O60’s Foursomes event. Brian Tobin sank a tricky 9 foot putt on the 19th green
to close out the match. Castlewarden are our next opposition in this fiercely
competitive tournament.

Irish Mixed Foursomes v Royal Curragh (Rd 1) ­ Mens & Ladies
Date: Saturday, 9th April ­ 2 Home games, 3 Away games.
Team: Richie Kelly & Kathleen Gray, Micheál O’Grady & Grace Kelly, Kieran
Kelly & Aideen Kelly, Jim Dempsey & Paula O’Flaherty, Bill Martin & Elaine
Managers: Frank Kelly & Rena Burrell.
Result: Athy 3 Royal Curragh 2.

JB Carr Trophy v Killeen (Rd 1, in Athy) ­ Mens (O60) Foursomes
Date: Saturday, 9th April ­ 5 games.
Team: Jim Fitzpatrick & Noel Dunny, Bryan O’Doherty & Pat Hennessy,
Dermot Kelly & Kieran O’Doherty, Andy Brennan & Brian Tobin, Michael
Sheridan & Robbie Flood.
Manager: Michael Doyle.
Result: Athy 3 Killeen 2.

Kildare Shield (Rd 1, in Athy) ­ Mens Foursomes
Date: Monday, 11th April ­ 5 games.
Team: Ger Phillips & John Hendy, Mark Beever & Tom O’Callaghan, Paddy
Phillips & Mick Hurley Jnr, Niall O’Grady & Eddie McDonald.
Manager: Colm Brown.
Result: 203.5 (2nd position after Rd1).

Provincial Towns Cup v The Heritage (Rd 1) ­ Mens Singles
Date: Sunday, 17th April @ 3:00 pm ­ 5 Home games, 4 Away games.
Team: Roland Dalton, Stephen May, Seán McGovern, Derek Kavanagh, Gavin
McKenna, Ciarán O’Donohoe, Paul B Kelly, Nigel Williamson and James
Manager: Jim Dempsey.

Junior Foursomes v Portarlington (Rd 1, in The Heath) ­ Ladies
Date: Saturday, 23rd April @ 2:30 pm ­ 3 games.
Team: Phil Brown & Gobnait Walsh, Ber Kehoe & Catherine Moore, Joyce
Chambers & Jo Whelan.
Reserves: Joan McDonald­Hyland.
Manager: Joan Murphy.

Duggan Cup v Newbridge (Rd 1) ­ Mens (O50) Foursomes
Date: Saturday, 23rd April @ 2:00 pm ­ 3 Home games, 2 Away games.
Team: to be selected.
Managers: Vinny Hurley & Seán Hicks.

South Leinster Trophy v Knockanally (Preliminary Rd) ­ Mens Singles
Date: Sunday, 24th April @ 4:00 pm ­ 3 Home games, 4 Away games.
Team: to be selected.
Manager: James Halpin.

Junior Cup v Royal Curragh (Rd 1) ­ Ladies Singles
Date: to be played by Monday, 25th April ­ 3 Home games, 2 Away games.
Team: Aideen Kelly, Elaine Hatton, Paula O’Flaherty, Gabrielle Craig, Amy
Reserves: Joyce Cunningham, Lys Jeffares.
Manager: Lorraine Crowley.

Boyne Trophy v Carlow (Rd 1) ­ Ladies (O50) Fourball
Date: to be played by Sunday, 1st May ­ 3 Home games, 2 Away games.
Team: to be selected.
Manager: to be appointed.

Irish Mixed Foursomes v The Heath or Portarlington (Rd 2) ­ Mens & Ladies
Date: to be played by Monday, 2nd May ­ 2 Home games, 3 Away games.
Team: to be selected.
Managers: Frank Kelly & Rena Burrell.

JB Carr Trophy v Castlewarden (Rd 2) ­ Mens (O60) Foursomes
Date: to be played by Monday, 2nd May ­ 5 games.
Team: to be selected.
Manager: Michael Doyle.

Minor Cup v Birr (Rd 2) ­ Ladies Singles
Date: to be played by Monday, 9th May ­ 3 Home games, 2 Away games.
Panel: Joyce Chambers, Ann Bradbury, Ena Harkin, Liz Griffin, Jacqui Doyle,
Joan Murphy, Lorraine Crowley, Ann Fenelon, Sandra Meredith, Frances
Mullins, Majella McDonald.
Manager: Phil Brown.

Kildare Shield (Rd 2, in Millicent) ­ Mens Foursomes
Date: Monday, 9th May @ 2:00 pm ­ 4 games.
Team: to be selected.
Manager: Colm Brown.

Challenge Cup v Killerig or Mount Wolseley (Rd 2) ­ Ladies Singles
Date: to be played by Monday, 9th May ­ 2 Home games, 3 Away games.
Team: to be selected.
Manager: Ann Moore.

Junior Cup (Mens) Singles ­ Qualifying Rds in Rathdowney.
Date: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May.
Panel: Colm Brown, Joe Crowley, Brendan Morrin, Dermot Griffin, Kieran
Byrne, Bill Martin, PJ Finnegan, John Moylan & Mick May Jnr.

Manager: to be appointed.
Barton Shield (Mens) Foursomes ­ Qualifying Rds in Newbridge.
Date: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May.
Panel: Seán Hicks, Jon Kelly, Richie Kelly, Eugene O’Toole, Kealan Bolger,
John Gannon, Paul O’Gorman, Colm Brown & Brendan Morrin.
Manager: to be appointed.

Pierce Purcell Shield (Mens) Foursomes ­ Qualifying Rds in Mountrath.
Date: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May.
Team: to be selected.
Manager: PJ Finnegan.

Support for all our Teams would be greatly appreciated.
Colm Brown & Joan McDonald­Hyland
Coordinators for Mens and Ladies Teams

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

17th tee.

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

January 2016

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

many friends.

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

August 2015.

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.

Martin Neill.

Honorary Secretary.

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 hattonelaine@gmail.com

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

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