Author: Brendan O Sullivan

Golf Ireland Update … Slides & Video

At the Annual General Meetings of the GUI and ILGU in February 2020, delegates were presented an update on the Transition to Golf Ireland. The slides, presented by Chair Tim O’Connor and CEO Mark Kennelly, are now available for Clubs members.

Please click on the links below for more info:



WGS Christmas Party 2019

The Wednesday’s Golf Society hosted another spectacular Christmas Party in the Clubhouse on Sat 7th Dec 2019.

With over 140 party goers the event was “sold out” and the Clubhouse was hopping. Great music saw the floor come alive with dancers including WGS Captain Shay reliving his dance floor days with gusto!!

Spot prizes galore and Jim Walsh had every single table singing the 12 Day of Christmas from the rafters.

What a great night!

Can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Trophies Night 2019

The big night of the year for our Club Trophy Winners was held on Saturday 5th October 2019.

Trophies were awarded for the Dr. Butler Scratch Cup (JAKE WHELAN), Cant Cup (CIARAN WYNNE), Foursomes Championship (DAVID ERRITY & MARK O’NEILL), Mixed Foursome (NIALL WYNNE & REBECCA CARROLL) as well as the Robinhood Cup (DERMOT PEAKIN), Huband Cup (MICHAEL TOBIN), Kellsboro Cup (ANDREW ERRITY) & Shamie Kelly Cup (MARK REDMOND). On the night we also presented Golfer of the Year (CIAN COGHLAN), Senior Championship (MARTIN LENEHAN) along with the 6 Monthly Medals for 2019 (CIARAN WYNNE, DONAL HOGAN, DAVID O’DONOGHUE, PAUL FLYNN, JOHN HEALY & DAVID O’DONOGHUE) and 6 Holes-in-One (STEPHEN COWZER, PAUL YOUNG, PAUL HIGGINS, JAMES BLANEY, JOHN GRIER & IAN HARPUR).

Thanks to all who attended and supported the night … including a special thanks to our Competition Secretary, Paul Errity, who organised every one of these competitions throughout the year and every single prize handed out on the night.

  Click here for the list of all prize winners at Newlands Trophies Night 2019

Club Invitation Prize Presentation Night

The Club Invitation Prize Presentation Night was held in Newlands on Sat 28th Sep. 2019.

Prizes were presented to all the prize winners in 5 Club Invitations that were run over the last few months.

Congratulations to all the prize winners pictured here.


The competitions were sponsored by:



CRONIN & COMPANY (Donal Cronin)

RYAN & RYAN (Greg Ryan)


Newlands Golf Club thanks each of these companies and members for their generous sponsorship. We encourage all Newlands members to support each of our sponsors businesses when the opportunity arises. 

Newlands Senior & Junior Scratch Cups Winners 2019

Congratulations to Eoin Dennehy from Edmonstown Golf Club and Niall Wynne from Newlands GC on their impressive wins in the NEWLANDS SENIOR AND JUNIOR SCRATCH CUPS sponsored by John, Peter  & Robert Nolan of NOLAN KITCHENS

The competitions were held in Newlands Golf Club on Saturday 28th September 2019. With the time sheet full from 7.30am and a beautiful day for golf Eoin (H’cap 4) carded a marvellous 67 gross to win the Senior Scratch Cup.

Newlands very own Niall Wynne (H’cap 5) took on all-comers and and collected the Junior Scratch Cup for the 2nd successive year with a brilliant net 76.

Congratulations Eoin and Niall and we look forward to seeing you next year as you defend your title in September in the Newlands Scratch Cups 2020.


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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