Irish Senior Women’s Open

Dundalk Golf Club was proud to host almost 50 top golfers for as far away as USA and Canada over three days last week. The weather was glorious and the course was immaculately presented for the competition which finished in wonderful style, going to six extra holes of nail biting golf between defending champion Gertie McMullen from The Island and Finland’s Minna Kaarnalahti.


The 1st and 18th were shared twice before Kaarnalahti seized the initiative with a closing bogey at the 6th extra hole to claim her third title in four years. It was an exciting finish to a wonderful week’s golf.


Lady Captain Anne extended a special word of congratulations to all the local players from our neighbouring clubs including Pauline Walsh and Patricia Black (Headford), Kay Mc Cartan and Mary Mc Goey (Greenore) and Gill Rouiller (Mannon Castle).
But Lady Captain Anne saved her highest praise for Dundalk Golf Club ‘s own Ita Donnelly who finished in the top 15 and was among the prize winners. Ita carded a fantastic score of 75 in round one on Wed and held her nerve for the following two days, playing super golf on her home course. Ita said her performance was like a dream come true for her and she credited her friend and caddy Mary Sinton, for keeping her steady throughout the competition.


Lady Captain Anne congratulates Ita Donnelly, with ILGU President Mary McKenna.



Golfer of the Year 2014

Lady Captain Anne congratulates Louise Lynn on becoming Golfer of the Year 2014.

Louise wins Golfer of the Year

Louise wins Golfer of the Year




Captain Brendan’s Prize to the Ladies

Captain Brendan presented his prizes to the Ladies following an 18 hole stroke competition played on Tues 12th Aug. The overall winner was Mary Sinton (12) with a net score of 70 and runner up was Mary Dooley (24) with a score of 71 net. Both ladies were thrilled with the beautiful antique brooches presented to them by Captain Brendan.


Captain  Brendan's Prize to the Ladies

Winner of Captain Brendan’s Prize, Mary Sinton with Captains Anne & Brendan and runner up Mary Dooley.




Winner of Lady President Marie's prize Catherine Cafferty and runner up Anne Quigley with Lady President Marie and Lady Captain Anne.

Winner of Lady President Marie’s prize Catherine Cafferty and runner up Anne Quigley with Lady President Marie and Lady Captain Anne.

Lady President Marie’s Prize to the ladies.

Lady President Marie O’Callaghan hosted her prize to the ladies on Tues 29th July. 156 ladies played and enjoyed a wonderful day’s golf followed by a great evening’s fun in the clubhouse. The celebration included a hole in one on the 5th by Anne Quigley and the prize giving began with a presentation to Anne to mark this achievement. Overall winner of Lady President Marie’s beautiful prize was Catherine Cafferty and the overall runner – up was Anne Quigley. Lady President Marie congratulated all the winners and thanked everyone for the support throughout her year. She had a special word of thanks for the ladies committee and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make Dundalk Golf Club such a great members’ club. Lady President Marie and all the ladies were treated to a half hour of comedy, composed and performed by Maureen Sheridan and Noelette McClean, and followed by a birthday cake for the Lady President. Celebrations continued into the wee hours with music and dancing.

The full results were as follows:

Lady President Marie’s Prize
18 Hole Strike GOY
Overall Winner Catherine Cafferty (25) 68 Net
Overall R/Up Anne Quigley (21) 69 Net
Winner: Mags Coburn (19) 70 Net
Best Gross: Ita Donnelly (7) 80 Gross
2nd Criona O’Reilly (12) 71 Net

Winner: Mary Carthy (20) 70 Net
2nd: Katerina C Sloan 72 Net
3rd: Anne Powell (21) 74 Net
(on back nine from Anne McArdle, Colette McCrory Catherine Duff & Ger Hoare)

Winner: Ann O’Callaghan (33) 74 Net
(on back nine from)
2nd: Bernie Landy (33) 74 Net
3rd: Carmel Naughton (29) 75 Net

Senior Ladies: Rosemary Gardiner (20) 17 Pts

Juvenile Girl : Laoise Grennan (30) 79 Net


Two’s Competition winners:
on 9th: Gret Manning & Marie O’Connor
On 13th: Lelsey O’Keeffe & Niamh Maguire


1st Neal Mackell (4) 22pts
(on back three from)
2nd Edmund Sheridan (13) 22pts

Lady President Marie and Lady Captain Anne congratulate Anne Quigley who had a Hole in One on the 5th during Lady President Marie's  prize to the las dies on a tues 29th July.

Lady President Marie and Lady Captain Anne congratulate Anne Quigley who had a Hole in One on the 5th during Lady President Marie’s prize to the ladies on Tues 29th July.


Lady Captain Anne with overall winner Bernie Mc Cabe and runner up Kathryn McGuinness


Lady Captain’s Prize 2014

Lady Captain Anne Doohan held her Lady Captain’s Prize on Tuesday 17th and 24th June. The ladies arrived, all 186 of them, in glorious sunshine on Day One to a clubhouse decorated with bunting and balloons where they enjoyed an amazing array of cakes, tarts, cupcakes and cookies all day long! Photos were taken and the Lady Captain was overjoyed by all the cards, presents and good wishes she received from the ladies. Scoring was high with the course in magnificent order and it was all to play for heading in to Day Two. All eyes were on the beautiful category prizes from Mint by Baldwins and especially on the Tiffany Neckpieces Lady Captain Anne had displayed for the overall winner and runner up.
There was great excitement in the clubhouse as the results were handed to Hon Sec Elizabeth on Tuesday evening. The presentation began with the prizes to the men who had played 9 holes after the ladies each day. The overall winner was Edmund Sheridan. The category prizes followed and prize winners were clapped and cheered to accept their prizes. The excitement was mounting until finally the overall winners were announced. The overall gross prize went to popular player Michele Quinn (8) with a score of 160. There was genuine delight as Kathryn McGuinness was called to the stage to accept the overall runners up prize with a score of 141 (74/67). Kathryn, despite the nerve racking occasion, made a lovely speech and thanked the Lady Captain and all the ladies for making her win so special. At last it was time to call the winner and a standing ovation greeted the announcement of Bernie McCabe as Winner of Lady Captain Anne’s Prize. Bernie (22) carded a great score of 140 (69/71). Bernie also spoke of her joy and disbelief at winning the prestigious prize which she told us she hadn’t seen until it was placed around her neck that evening! She thanked Lady Captain Anne and spoke for all the ladies when she said how lucky we were to be members of such a wonderful, friendly club. The occasion had certainly been a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Lady Captain Anne was thrilled with the two days and thanked everyone for their support. She congratulated all the winners and invited everyone to dance the night away in celebration of the winners of her prizes.

The full results are as follows:

17th June 2014
Class A
1st Elizabeth McDonnell (16) 67net
2nd Niamh Maguire(19) 72net
Gross Mia Quinn (7) 81 gross

Class B
1st Catherine Duff(26) 67net
2nd Joan Sexton (28) 71net
3rd Anne Murray (21) 72net

Class C
1st Mary Dwyer (36) 72net
2nd Fiona McLaughlin (35) 73net
3rd Rita Moriarty (29) 76net
(on back nine from Noeleen Gernon)

Non Qualifiers Prize : Deborah Herr (36) 74net
Senior Ladies Nine Hole : Ann Hall (31) 16pts
Juvenile girl : Amy O’Donoghue (30) 67net
Front nine: Olivia Cunningham 33.5
Back nine: Bernadette Herr 34 (on back 6 from Wendy Williamson)
5th:Marie Mackell, Kathryn McGuinness, Carol Murphy & Sheila Thompson
9th Marie O Callaghan & Elizabeth McDonnell
13th Jennifer Holland
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24th June 2014

Overall Winner Bernie McCabe (22) 140net (69 & 71)
Runner Up Kathryn McGuinness (36) 141net (74 & 67)

Gross Michele Quinn (8) 160 (78 & 82)
Class A
Winner Ellen Mceneaney (17) 65net
2nd Una Delaney (17) 69net
(on back nine from Marie Strain & Jacinta Foran)

Gross Pauline Campbell (15) 85 Gross
(on back nine from Marie Strain & Ita Donnelly)
Class B
Winner Ger Hoare (26) 68net
2nd Kate Smyth (25) 70net
(on back nine from)
3rd Siobhan Rogers (26) 70net

Class C
Winner Barbara McCourt (34) 65net
2nd Virginia Rooney (29) 70net
3rd Teresa Oakes (35) 71net

Non Qualifiers Prize: Margaret Gaughran (33) 71net
(on back six from Catherine Mullins)
Senior Ladies 9 Hole : Ann O’Reilly (36) 13pts
(on back six from Vera Danaher)
Juvenile Girl : Caoimhe Byrne (32) 65net
Nearest the Pin: 5th Olivia Cunningham 2’6″
9th: Marie O’Connor 5’5″
Front nine: Mags Coburn 33
Back Nine : Violet McGeady 31.5
(on back six from Bernie McGuinness)

Overall Mens Prize: Edmund Sheridan (13) 20/23 43pts
Week 1 Michael Stewart (13) 23pts
week 2 Dermot O’Callaghan (15) 24pts

5th: Pauline Campbell, Jackie Connolly, Olivia Cunnigham, Anne McDonnell & Elizabeth McGuinness
9th: Jackie Connolly & Siobhan Wynne
13th: Marylou Grennan
17th: Pauline Campbell & Theresa Connolly

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Charity Event

Captains Brendan & Anne present cheque for €4325 raised at charity 4 Person Team event in aid of Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund. 


Sheba Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the beautiful prizes presented by our first sponsor of the year Sheba.

Sheba Winners

Sheba Winners

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations


Lady Captain Anne and Lady President Marie get into the spirit of the celebrations.


Social Committee members Maureen Sheridan and Noeleen Gernon get the shamrock ready for presentation.


Spring League winners.

Congratulations to the winners of the Spring League. Pictured are Mairead Ahern, Emer Matthews, Sinead O’Callaghan (back row), Maeve Ahern, Lady Captain Anne & Joan Mc Kenna.

Spring League Winners

Spring League Winners

Rules Night – Tuesday 4th March

Ger Henry ILGU with Lady Captain Anne and Lady Vice Captain MaryLou.
Ger Henry ILGU with Lady Captain Anne and Lady Vice Captain MaryLou.

A very informative session on the Rules of Golf was held in Dundalk Golf Club on Tues 4th March. The session was delivered by Ger Henry from the ILGU and was very well attended. A very lively question and answer session followed and afterwards everyone felt much more informed and aware of the rules and regulations involved.


Breffni Shield – Tuesday 5th March

Olivia Cunningham and Elaine Ward with Lady Captain Anne
Olivia Cunningham and Elaine Ward with Lady Captain Anne

Breffni Shield Scotch Foursomes
1st & 4th March 2014

1st Olivia Cunningham (13) & Elaine Ward (13) 71

2nd Judy McDonagh (26) & Gillian Murphy (25) 72.5
on back 9 from

3rd Mary Berrills (27) & Barbara McCourt (34) 72.5

Two’s Competition: 5th Gret Manning & Una Kelly
9th Elizabeth McGuinness & Mags Coburn
13th Jacinta Foran & Lady Captain Anne Doohan
13th Theresa Giff & Jennifer Holland
17th Olivia Cunningham & Elaine Ward

The Spring League got under way on Saturday 18th and Tuesday 21st January with nine teams competing.
The ladies were very impressed with the course which was presented in fine condition, despite the recent stormy weather. Congratulations to the first winners of the season who came in with excellent scores.
Featuring among them was Lady Captain Anne Doohan, putting down an early marker that her duties as Lady Captain will not affect her golf! Also starting the year in winning form is Aideen Ahern who put in a superb performance last year, losing eight shots in the process. Oonagh Quinn,who is one of the many new members that have joined under the present attractive membership rates, lost no time claiming her first of many prizes to come!
The new Social Committee, chaired by Noeleen Gernon, has put together a great programme to get us started for the year, with quizzes, poker classics, music and craic galore planned. The first of the social events is a lighthearted table quiz on Thurdays 6th February. All are welcome and tickets are available at €20 per team.
Lady Captain Anne and the Ladies’ Committee wish everyone a very happy 2014 and good golfing to all.


Lady President Vera, sponsor Joan Martin of Food Solutions, Golfer of the Year Catherine Smyth and Lady Captain Bríd

Lady President Vera, sponsor Joan Martin of Food Solutions, Golfer of the Year Catherine Smyth and Lady Captain Bríd

Congratulations to Catherine Smyth who won Golfer of the Year 2013. Catherine had a truly memorable year. She started off the year with good performances on the second day of Lady Captain’s prize and in Professional Leslie Walker’s prize. She had a clean sweep in July and August firstly winning President Vera’s with a great score of 69 and then winning Captain Noel’s prize with an even better score of 67. The icing on the cake was clinching Golfer of the Year by two shots leading the pack the whole way through. Catherine has lost two shots on each of her big wins and a further two shots under ESR (exceptional score reduction). a total of six shots from a handicap of 20 down to 14. These last two shots were lost due to her good performance at the start of the season. Food solutions sponsored the Golfer of the Year and Joan Martin presented the prize on behalf of the sponsors.