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Golf clubs back in action after the storms

Cahir Golf Club captain Noel Hally assesses the damage at Cahir Park Golf Club after last week's storms. One of the oldest trees on the course, located between the first green and the second tee box, was a victim of the raging storms.


Last week we were battered by the fierce storms accompanied by monsoon like rain. A trail of destruction was left on the Golf Course as a result with numerous trees down. One half of our course now looks more like a giant lake with small green islands scattered throughout rather than a Golf Course, while the other side is strewn with fallen trees and all sort of debris. It is particularly sad to see some of the huge trees, which were maybe 150-200 years old flattened and about to be cut up and disposed of.

The clean-up which is going to take some time and a lot of effort has already started and will continue until finished. The fallen trees will be replaced by young healthy trees, the water will flow back into the river, the days will get longer and warmer, the golfers will appear in their droves and all the bad stuff will be forgotten.

We are very fortunate here in Cahir Park that at least we have 10 holes on exceptionally well drained soil so that no matter how much rainfall, given a few hours and it is playable again.


Seniors: 1st Colm O’Flaherty, John Phelan and Noel Moloney 50 pts., 2nd Jim Moloney, John Slattery and Jimmy Keating 47 pts., 3rd Michael O’ Donnell, John Davis and Arthur O’Donnell 46 pts.


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The storm that ripped through Ireland over the past week, wreaked havoc everywhere. The hurricane force winds caused major damage to a lot of the local golf courses, many losing trees that were hundreds of years old and signature features to many holes.

It was decided by the course committee at Cahir Park Golf Club to close the Golf Course until repairs have been made and it is safe again to play.

Reviewing the situation

The Committee will meet again on Wednesday afternoon to review the situation at that stage. Another notice will issue to members then. Check your email for any updates.


Thursday 20th February, 9 Hole Stableford

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February, Ongoing 9 Hole Competition

Spring League

Yet again our weather is certainly hampering play in the Ladies Spring League. Check to see when course reopens and contact your opponent and arrange your match when possible!


Well done Greenkeepers

Once again the weather was devastating this week and restricted the use of the clubhouse and course which inevitably affected income from both the bar competitions. Those of you who managed to get out and play will no doubt have witnessed the number of felled and damaged trees around the course thankfully no damage to greens or fairways.

A big thanks to the greenkeeping staff who braved the elements and managed to clear up the debris. Weather wise, things can’t get any worse so let’s hope March will bring good tidings.

First tee start

All play must start on the first tee until further notice.

Monday February 10th – Sunday February 23rd. Due to the anticipated weather the sixth round of the Winter League will be played over course option 2 as set out in the winter league competition rules, copy on club notice board.

Monday February 17th – Sunday February 23rd. Nine hole re-entry played on the same holes as winter league, please ensure your score cards are dated and that you distinguish between your first round entry and your re-entry round

Thursday February 20th: 15 hole open singles (holes excluded are the 14, 15 and 16)

Saturday, Sunday, February 22 and 23: 15 hole Open Singles Stableford, starting on the first tee, (holes excluded are the 14, 15 and 16)

Club Lotto

The numbers drawn on Sunday February 16th were: 4, 11, 16, 19. One winner of the Jackpot €2,600 and eight people matched 3 numbers each receives €25. Next draw Sunday March 2nd at 5pm. New Jackpot €2,000.

Subscriptions 2014

Please ensure your payments are up to date as you will be omitted from the payment update list due to be published on the club notice board. Members whose payments are not up to date will render eligibility to win prizes restricted


Competition results week ending February16th

Sat. – Sun. Feb. 15th & 16th; 15 Hole open singles: 1st John Mahon (110) 38pts; 2nd Sean Fitzpatrick (11) 36pts; Gross: Jason Tobin (+1) 34pts; 3rd Frank Murphy (13) 35pts.


Last Sunday we witnessed the first official duty for the incoming Captains for 2014 with the occasion of our Mens Captain Thady Greene and Lady Captain Esther Fearnley’s Drive In.

A large crowd gathered for the proceedings which included the red carpet treatment from Ballykisteen Hotel for both Captains upon their arrival. Both Captains were very well turned out in their Club colours and mingled among the crowd who enjoyed tea and scones in the Junction One bar before the big event.

Willie Hartnett, Tony Browne and Alan Dunphy carried out the draw for the 3 person scramble with great efficiency with a total of 31 teams taking part. Just after 12.15, Thady and Esther made their way to the 10th tee box for the eagerly awaited Drive In and Thady set the tone by hitting a super drive down the middle of the fairway followed by a huge cheer from the onlooking crowd. Following a bit of hush, Esther calmly proceeded to hit an terriffic drive down the middle of the fairway to formally announce their arrival in office and the start of a new golfing season at Ballykisteen. Finally, it was Junior Captain Ben Downey to ‘hit-off’ from the 10th tee box and he followed the senior captains with a super drive down the middle of the fairway to close the formalities.

Everyone then departed for their respective tee boxes for the 9 hole scramble in perfect conditions. Afterwards, all assembled in the Ballyk bar for finger food, drinks and for the presentation of prizes, all at Ballykisteen Golf Club wish Esther and Thady unqualified success for the year ahead.

The winning team in the scramble were Dan O’Donnell, Hughie Walsh and Iestyn Winn, with Keith Hoare, Norrie Greene and Bertie Quirke in 2nd place and Sarah Toomey, Richard Keays and Evan McGrath in 3rd.


Storm Darwin

We survived Storm Darwin with, thankfully, no serious damage to the course or clubhouse.

The Captains’ drive-in went ahead on Sunday and Aileen, John J M and Junior Captain, Eric, got the season off to a resounding start with a great turnout of 96 members and three fairway-splitting drives.

We played a fourball scramble over 12 holes with birdies flying in all directions and all were treated to soup, sandwiches and a very welcome glass of punch.

Captains’ Drive-In results

1st :Ann Dwyer, Bernard Murphy, Steve Patten Snr, Dave Charles

2nd: Renagh Murphy, Larry Ryan, James Ryan, John Long

3rd: Sean Jackson,Tadhg Ryan, Gerry Kelly, John A Ryan

4th :Olive Mulvihil, Pat Ryan, Liam Hynes, Bill O’Connell

5th: Mary O’Doherty, Frank Doran, John O’Mahony,Anthony Ryan

Moloney Foursomes

Next weekend sees the Moloney Foursomes matchplay qualifier with the Murray Fourball over the following weekend.

Please note the requirement for entry into competition in relation to subscription deadline of March 1st.

Free green fees

Annual Subscriptions paid by March 1st will entitle you to complimentary green fees.

New members wishing to join the Club can avail of a very competitive rate- contact the Office at 062-51119 Ext 2 for all details.


The 45 Cards revert to the usual time from Saturday next, February 22nd.


Numbers drawn this week - 1,7,10,22- Jackpot not won – Next week €3900

Lucky Dips : Joe B Ryan, Mary Kate Geehan, John J M O’Dwyer (Capt.), Mary & Joe Fitzgerald, Catherine O’Dwyer.

Promoters Prize : Joe Considine.


Thank you

The Crowe Family and Staff wish to sincerely thank all the golf club members and friends who worked Saturday and Sunday in the massive clean up operation on the clearing of trees and debris after the recent storm. This generous help now means that the golf course can be re-opened. Apart from the 4th hole it appears that the trees that we normally hit with golf balls survived the storm!


The results of last weeks Tuesday 9 Hole are:

1st Breda Maher; 2nd Maura Maher.

Minor Alliance

The Minor Alliance is in Slievenamon on Monday 24th February. Tee time is 10.00am to 12.30pm.

The Spring League has been postponed due to weather conditions.


Monday 10th February to Sunday 16th February, 12 Holes Singles Stableford and 4th Round Noel Cummins Bookmaker (Lismore & Cappoquin): 1st Tom Joe Daly (13) 34 pts; 2nd Mick O’Grady (23) 30 pts L6; 3rd Richie Ormonde (12) 30 pts L3.


Monday 17th February to Sunday 23rd February

12 Holes Singles Stableford sponsored by 5th Round Paul Flynn Hardware Cappoquin

Table Quiz

The club are hosting a fundraising quiz on 28th February at the clubhouse in Lismore starting at 8.30 pm.

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