Author: Una Holden

Mindfulness Exercise No 4 – Concerned about Loved Ones

This is the final exercise in this series of 4 Mindfulness exercises.  This one is focussing on supporting those of us who are concerned or worried about loved ones, either those who are ill and/or those who are working on the front line. 

We hope it is of some help.

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Mindfulness Exercise No 3 – Supporting Our Emotional Well Being

We are delighted to post the 3rd video in this series of 4 exercises in how to look after our mental health in these challenging times.  This is the Mountain Exercise and it’s aim is to support our emotional well being and stability. 

We hope you enjoy.

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Make Your Own Immune System Boosting Drink

Hello everyone

Our very own Nicola Kearns has kindly given of her time to make this interesting video.  She shows us how we can make our own Tumeric Bug drink which is an excellent booster for our immune systems which we could all so with these days.  Thank you Nicola for your time and we hope you all enjoy.

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Ladies Bumper Day

A big Congratulations to Louise Halpin who was winner on our
Bumper day last Tuesday. This was the second year in a row that
Louise won so a great start to the year for her. Well done to over 70
ladies who braved the elements to play on what is our last day of
winter golf…and start of our new golfing season. A huge thank you
to Gerry and his team for ensuring that we were able to play on the
day despite some terrible weather conditions in past few weeks.
We can now look forward to a great golfing season, and hopefully
the golf gods will be kind to us for rest of year.
Congratulations also to our Runner-Up on the day Wanda O’Neill and
our Gross winner Grainne Friel, and all our class winners.

Christmas Mixed Jumper Day




A Big Thank you to everyone who turned out to support our Jumper Day on Tuesday 17th.    We had 32 teams playing on the day and the weather was very kind to us.

We were delighted to help three charities this year.  

Naas Food Bank was again very grateful to all who brought the non-perishable food in the weeks leading up to our day, Maud Nolan expressed her thanks as she accepted the food on their behalf.

Mary K O’Mahony was also very appreciative of the donation she received on behalf of Scoil Mhuire gan Smal and she told us about all the children that will benefit from it.  

Joanne Fox was thankful for the food donations that will go to people in the Killenarden community and also appreciated the monetary donation which will go to the Sacred Heart Junior School in Killenarden to help some children in need.  

We raised €2,200 in total for these charities which shows the character of all the members in Newlands.  As always, the members of Newlands’ generosity is amazing.

Thanks to Gerry and his team on the course.  To Tracey, Pauline and Margaret from Bliss Cuisine for looking after so many at same time, and also Jenny and Tony in the bar.   To Brian and Noel in the Proshop for all their help,  and thanks also to  the ladies committee for all their work checking people in, selling tickets etc.

Winners on the Front 9 were Marie Harpur, Bernie Keppel, David Harpur and Lex Flavin.

Winners on Back 9 were President Aidan Keogh, Sheilagh Keogh, Pat O’Leary and Derek Cleary.

Our Luxurious Hamper was won by Des Parsons, and Joan Sheridan and Ursula Connell were also the winners of 2 additional hampers. 

Congratulations to all our winners.  Great day had by all.


Ladies Winter Tea

A great evening was had by all at our Winter Tea, as we continue with this great Newlands tradition.  It’s a chance to welcome in the new Golfing year and celebrate the past golfing year.    And, of course, it’s a chance to share in the Christmas festivities and wish one another every good wish for continued good health at Christmas and the New Year.

We were delighted to welcome our 2018 Gigs who showed their appreciation to Bernie Keppel and the Buddies for all their hard work during the past year.    We also welcomed our 2019 Gigs who enjoyed their first function in Newlands.   A big thank you to Ger Simpson and Helena O’Connell and all the Buddies for all their hard work looking after them.

We had many prizes to present on the night.  Congratulations to Nicola Kearns on winning the Kellsboro Trophy and Esme Murphy on winning the Alice Perry Cup.   We also presented our Hole-in-One winners, Grainne Friel and Eileen McLoughlin with their trophies.  There were medals presented to our Junior Cup, Junior Foursomes and Mary McKenna teams.

We also presented our Turkey vouchers and Hampers to the many prize-winners.   Congratulations to all our winners on the night.

Our Winter League winners were also announced on the night.  

First place went to Team 1: Louise Halpin, Fionnuala Croskery, Aisling Neil, Nuala LeGros, Frances Maybery, Marie Fitzgerald, Fionnuala McGlynn and Mary McDonagh. 

Runners-Up were Team 3: Ann Hughes, Bernie Keppel, Wendy Hogan, Rita Keane, Sophia McFadden, Edel Tolan, Carmel Shanagher and Marie Dunne.

Just a reminder that the second part of our Winter League, which will be matchplay format, starts in mid-January.   This was a new idea last year with a view to getting matchfit in the run up to our inter-club matches.  So don’t forget to put your names down on sheet in locker room.

Two more Join the Hole-in-One Club



We had two Holes-in-One to celebrate in the last two weeks.

Congratulations to Eileen McLoughlin who was delighted to see her tee shot on the 9th drop into the hole.  Winter golf just got a whole lot easier.

Then just last week Grainne Friel watched her 6 iron shot onto the 16th green follow a lovely path straight into the hole.  You could hear the celebrations in the clubhouse!

I know happiness is a long walk with a putter in your hand but Eileen and Grainne just did away with the putter altogether!

Congratulations to you both and well done.

A Bumper Night for a Bumper Year…..

A great night celebrating all the super and deserved winners in all our competitions, medal winners, club championships, our Golfer of the Year and all our great team achievements in 2019. 

We welcomed Niall and Niamh Moore, who continue to honour their parents by sponsoring the Louis and Maureen Moore Fourball Trophy.  Congratulations to Eileen O’Driscoll and Wendy Hogan who were the eventual winners in a very hard-fought competition.  We also welcomed back Nessa Greene who presented us with the beautiful trophy; the Christy Greene Singles Memorial Trophy in honour of her much-loved Dad.  Christy will always be remembered as a great supporter of the Ladies section and Nessa was delighted to present Eva Coghlan, who is the inaugural winner of this beautiful trophy.  We are very grateful for their continued support of both Club championships.

Congratulations also to Eileen McLoughlin and Eadaoin Smith who were delighted to be the eventual winners of the Foursomes Matchplay competition and were presented with the Military Cup.

 Congratulations to our medal winners, Grace Keane (April and May), Sarah Callery (June), Deborah McCready (July), Ashling Curtis, (August) and Ger Lynch (September).

It was with great pleasure that the managers of the very successful teams formally presented Captain Marie with the Pennants and Cups representing the great achievements of our teams this year. 

Siobhan Byrne – Junior Cup, Neasa McKiernan – Junior Foursomes and Nuala LeGros – Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy, all spoke about their individual campaigns and were delighted to be part of the teams who represented Newlands so well this year.  They thanked everybody who put their name forward, all the players, caddies and the great supporters who were with them all the way.  We will celebrate the summer of 2019 for a long time to come. 

The Golfer of the Year award was without doubt a fantastic achievement for a very popular winner in Grace Keane. Grace had an amazing year;  she was in the top five places in six of the 12 Major/Medal competitions which included winning two medals.  She was in the final of the Louis and Maureen Moore club championship, the semi final of the Kellsboro Cup, and the quarter-finals in the Military Cup.  She also represented Newlands so well in the Minor Cup and dropped 4 shots during the season.  We are so proud of Grace and congratulate her on her fantastic golf achievements.  Well done, Grace.

Captain Lex’s Prize to the Ladies

Elaine Anthony accepts her prize from Captain Lex with Captain Marie Harpur


Congratulations to Elaine Anthony who was the very worthy and popular winner of Captain Lex’s Prize.   Elaine made a dash from Croke Park, having witnessed another historic win, and was delighted with her win.   Elaine, playing off a handicap of 15, with a fantastic score of 39 points, took the top prize and commended the course staff on presenting the course in such fantastic condition not only on the day but throughout the whole season.  Well done Elaine. 

Congratulations also go to Grace Keane who took the runner up spot with 38 points; what a season for Grace.    Congratulations to Esme Murphy, who, playing off a handicap of 3, won the Gross prize with 30 gross points.  Well done Esme and Grace, another great day for you both.  Well done to all who played and all the other winners on the day.

Many thanks to Captain Lex for the super prize and his support.  The presentation was followed by a great night of celebration and craic and we thank the Monday Musicians for the fantastic music and entertainment on the night.   

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