|Michael, Susan, Derry and Liam of Faithlegg House |
Hotel and Golf Club
His wife Catherine was with him, also from Kerry, and a sheep farmer. She was in conversation with Dessie O'Neill, the President of Dundrum House Golf Club, who was sitting beside me. He’s a sheep farmer, too (if only part-time). Sometimes you just gotta love Ireland. It is mildly ironic that I am currently reading Lorna Sixsmith’s book Would You Marry a Farmer?
|Dad's drive is buried on the 18th at Royal County Down|
A Celebration of Irish golf
Ireland's €40 Million Sport Capital ProgrammeHe also announced the launch of the Sport Capital Programme which goes live tomorrow (17th January). This funding is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland. Applications will be accepted from January 17th 2014 to 28th February 2014. The Minister pointed out how few golf clubs had applied for funding under this programme in the past. Personally, it seems like a no-brainer as long as your request fits within the parameters.
There's Always A Way
Then there’s the Wild Atlantic Way [YouTube video link], 250 kilometres of coastal route from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in Cork, which will launch officially this year (and has dozens of golf courses along the route - blog on that to follow).
|Paddy McCarthy and Minister Ring present Westport's Mary McNicholas |
with the award for best parkland in Connacht
Parkland Winner: Powerscourt
Links Winner: Royal County Down (3rd year in a row)
Ulster: Royal Belfast
Ulster: Royal Portrush
Overall: Carton House
Ulster: Roe Park
|Views over the 18th green and 1st hole at Faithlegg.|
Leinster: Mount Temple
Many thanks to Paddy for the invitation to join the party of 90 or so golfers and thanks, too, for the company on Table 6.