Month: August 2019

Book Launch Newlands, County Dublin: Its history and Associated Families 1560-1960

Thanks to all members for their support for Eamonn Dowling’s book ‘Newlands, County Dublin: Its history and Associated Families 1560-1960’ which was launched by South Dublin County Council the Mayor Vicki Casserely on Tuesday 20th August. The club professional Brian Cosgrove has kindly agreed to sell the book in the Pro shop for 10 euros a book.

Patrick Yeates (Convenor)

Archive and heritage Committee

Golf Ireland Update

As you are aware, a Proposal to establish a single governing body for golf in Ireland, to be called Golf Ireland, was approved by GUI and ILGU delegates at meetings held in January 2019. Under the Proposal, it is intended that Golf Ireland will “go live” on 1 January 2021.
In the interim, a Transition Period has been instituted during which the structures and organisation of Golf Ireland are being established. This process is being led by a Transition Board*, comprising four nominees of the GUI and four nominees of the ILGU, with Tim O’Connor as the independent Chairperson. The Transition Board was appointed in February and has been meeting monthly since then.
Vision, Mission and Culture
The Transition Board has established the Vision, Mission and Culture for its work which will guide it through the remainder of the Transition Period and into the new body.
Sub-Committees and Transition Board Priorities
Work by the Transition Board to implement the Golf Ireland Proposal has commenced in a number of areas and the following Sub Committees have been established: Chief Executive Appointment; Finance and Governance; Branding, Logo and Website; Property and Office Accommodation; Handicapping; Competitions and Tournaments; Models of Club Governance; and Organisational Structures.
A key priority for the Transition Board is the appointment of a Chief Executive of Golf Ireland and an open competition has been instituted in that regard. Once appointed, the task of the Chief Executive in the first instance will be to drive forward the Transition process under the direction of the Transition Board. Further Sub Committees will be appointed by the Transition Board as needed over the coming period.
The Transition Board has liaised with Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland, who welcomed the decision of the GUI and ILGU as well as offering support and encouragement for the new body. Additionally, the Golf Ireland trademark and domain name have been secured.
The Transition Board intend for the Transition Period to culminate with the first AGM and the first Regional meetings of Golf Ireland in the final quarter of 2020, which will pave the way for the new organisation to ‘go live’ on 1 January 2021.
What this means for GUI, ILGU and CGI
Until Golf Ireland is established in 2021, and the transfer of functions from the GUI and ILGU commence, it is business-as-usual for both the GUI and ILGU. This means that clubs, players and officials continue to communicate with both Unions as they always have. The same holds true for the CGI, whose work continues as before pending the transfer across in due course to Golf Ireland.
Under the Terms of Reference of the Transition Board, the Chairperson is required to be available to provide quarterly updates to the Boards of the ILGU and GUI. He has met both Boards once in that regard. The Transition Board will regularly update on progress as the work of the Board continues.
The Continuing Role of Volunteers
Golf is dependent on the many volunteers at club, regional and national level who undertake a range of activities. This will not change with the establishment of Golf Ireland. Current and new volunteers will be needed in the new body. If you are interested in a voluntary role in golf, you are invited to express interest with the relevant ILGU District or GUI Branch Executives to find out what roles are and will be available.
Chairperson O’Connor said: “Just as volunteers have been the lifeblood of the GUI and ILGU over the decades, so too will they be central to the success of Golf Ireland. There will be changes in how Golf is structured, with one overall governing body where previously there were two, but volunteers will continue to be a central pillar of the game in Ireland. We will be providing more detail in that regard as the Transition Period progresses.”
O’Connor added: “The establishment of Golf Ireland is an exciting new development for golf on the island of Ireland. I am encouraged by the positive start to the work of the Transition Board. Everybody is committed and dedicated to the success of the project. Working closely with the ILGU and the GUI, we look forward to ensuring that the Proposal, approved overwhelmingly by members in January, is faithfully implemented and that by January 2021 the new structures and arrangements will be in place to enable Golf Ireland to take forward its mission of securing and developing the future of golf across the island.”
*Members of Transition Board: Tim O’Connor (Chairperson); Pauline Bailie; Mary Culliton; Ian Kerr; Brege McCarrick; Joe McNamara; John Power; Brian Punch; Fiona Scott.


Alan Kelly
Communications & Academy Manager
Golfing Union of Ireland
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Gay Nolan Appreciation Day

Gay Nolan received an excellent send-off from his friends at Newlands on Sunday 25th August 2019.

The field for both Shotgun-start Team Scramble competitions in the morning and afternoon were sold out and we had a fantastic day for golf.

That evening Captain Lex and Vice Captain Loretto made a presentation to Gay on behalf of all the members to thank him for his eleven and a half years of service with Newlands.

Gay’s gracious and memorable speech was greeted with a standing ovation by the large audience of friends in the clubhouse.

We wish Gay & his wife, Maud, all the very best for the future.

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Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Team in Sparkling Form

All Ireland Final date for the Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Team

The Mary McKenna team completed their quest to reach the All Ireland Finals in Woodenbridge on 7th September. Having won all five matches in their home leg, the team went out to Skerries on Thursday 15th August and brought in the last point in great style. The race to bring home the winning match was won by Ger Simpson and Ann Hughes who closed out their match on the 12th hole.   All the other matches were going well but I’m sure it gave their Manager, Nuala Le Gros, great pleasure to call all the remaining matches in early.

Nuala le Gros accepted the winning Leinster pennant on behalf of Newlands from the Vice Captain of Woodenbridge. Nuala presented the pennant to Captain Marie and it was with great excitement that we brought the pennant back to Newlands.

So now we head off to Woodenbridge GC on the weekend of 7th and 8th September for the All Ireland finals. The semi final matches will commence at 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 7th, with the final and 3rd/4th place play-off to take place on Sunday 8th September.

Many thanks to the managers, Nuala LeGros and Mary K. O’Mahony, well done to you both. Well done to all the team, Patricia Heffernan and Denise Tobin, Ger Simpson and Ann Hughes, Carol Kiely and Captain Marie Harpur, Bernie Keppel and Helen Conway, Anne Croft and Marie Fitzgerald, subs Pat O’Leary and Madge Deane.   As always our great army of supporters were there at every hole, your support is very much appreciated.

A great team of us!

All Ireland Finals the weekend of 7 and 8 September in Woodenbridge GC

Junior Cup Win putts them into Leinster Final

Boom …. Another Leinster Final for Newlands..

This Junior Cup team win against Laytown/Bettystown brings us into yet another Leinster final.  Ashbourne GC was the neutral venue for all the ILGU Cups and Shields matches on Sunday 11th August.  With a win for Louise Murphy early in the first match, all the matches were still out on the course as AnnMarie Lawley brought home her point on the 22nd hole. One more match required, with two matches all square playing the last holes, the point was in the bag with a lovely putt from Neasa McKiernan on the 16th hole.   The managers were delighted to be able to call in the last two matches with our place booked in the East Leinster Finals in the K. Club on 1st September.

We were treated to excellent golf played by both Newlands and Laytown/Bettystown. Well done to you all, we are so proud of all the players and caddies who represented Newlands so well.

Well done and congratulations to Managers Siobhan Byrne and Louise Halpin.   Also to the players, Louise Murphy, AnnMarie Lawley, Carol Kiely. Grainne Friel, Neasa McKiernan, and sub, Genevieve Tracy. Many thanks also to the hardworking caddies and of course the great army of supporters who as usual were there at every hole to cheer on this great team.


East Leinster Finals will be played in the K. Club on 1st September 2019.


Captain Marie

What a win for our Ladies Junior Foursomes team ….

Another great day for Newlands with a win over Corrstown GC in our semi final matches played in Seapoint GC. 

This was another super performance by our Junior Foursomes team, Patricia Heffernan and Denise Tobin, Frances Mayberry and Frances Mahon, Wendy Hogan and Deborah McCready, sub on the day was Rita Keane. 

We have had exciting finishes in all our campaigns, but the manner of this win shows the calibre and determination of this team.  As we headed into the final holes of the third match, we were even with one match each from the first two matches.  Heading up the 18th, we were 1 down and our ball was in the bunker!  Wendy Hogan took a shot out of the deep bunker that Rory McElroy would have loved to be able to do in Portrush!  The ball hit the flag and dropped a couple of inches from the hole and with that we were all square and heading down the 19th hole.  A nail-biting finish got us over the line and we are now in the East Leinster Final which will be played in the K Club on the Palmer course on  1st September.

All the matches were played in great spirit and the players were a credit to their respective clubs.  The many supporters out in Seapoint were treated to fantastic golf played by both teams.  Many thanks to all who traveled out to Seapoint, it will be great to see all that purple again in the K Club in September.

Well done and congratulations to Managers Neasa McKiernan and Bernadette Flynn.

East Leinster Final will be played in the K Club, Palmer Course on 1st September 2019.

WGS Charity Draw Results 2019

Wednesday Golf Society Annual Charity raffle results

1st Prize         €250 voucher for Dundrum Shopping Centre    Donie Kerin


2nd Prize        €100 voucher for Siam Thai                             Vera Brennan


3rd Prize         4 ball in Castle Golf Club                                     Jack Hayes


4th Prize         4 ball in Edmondstown Golf Club                      Pat Firth


5th Prize         Hamper                                                                     Joe Meagher


6th Prize         6 bottles of Prosecco                                               Niall Wynne

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