North Cork’s Golfing History

Mitchelstown Golf Club with the scenic Galtee Mountains in the backround.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Golf in North Cork can be traced back to 1892, and almost 130 years later it’s still thriving.  While the rise of the sport exploded in the early part of the 19th century, it’s popularity remained strong right up to today.  It’s a testament to the North Cork clubs that they have withstood several challenges and remain popular destinations for both members and guests.  Fermoy holds the honour of hosting the earliest recorded golf match in 1892 when the locally based British army officers took on the neighbouring garrison in Lismore.  Fermoy Golf Clubs traces it’s history back to 1893, and like many other clubs they had several homes including the racecourse, the Aerodrome, and Continue reading

O’Keeffe wins Doneraile Senior Scratch Cup

peter-okeeffe-donerailePeter O’Keeffe notched up his third Senior Scratch Cup win this month with a fine 67 in Doneraile today.  O’Keeffe finished with a one under par 67, despite carding two bogeys and a double bogey.  The Douglas man did have five birdies which did help the card and he was cruising nicely until the 11th when he had a double after trying to go for the par 4 green.


After wins in Kinsale and Castlymartyr earlier this month, O’Keeffe is definitely on form.  He had a two shot winning margin over Irish Seniors International Michael Quirke who finished on 69.  Apart from the winner, the home club too the rest of the prizes,  David Finn finished on 72 and the nett prize was won by Hugh Dolan with a 68.

Doneraile Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Eilys Bar

  1. Peter O’Keeffe 67
  2. Michael Quirke 69
  3. Dave Finn 72
  4. Hugh Dolan 68 (Best Nett)

O’Keeffe & Crowley in the hunt for Munster Over 30’s, No joy for Doneraile in Mixed

Douglas Senior Scratch Cup 2016

Peter O’Keeffe

Peter O’Keeffe is just one shot off the lead going into the final round of the Munster Over 30 Championship at Limerick Golf Club.  O’Keeffe opened with a one under par 71 this morning and he followed that with a 73 this afternoon.  Fota Island’s Keith Crowley is in fifth place on +2.  Crowley shot a 75 this morning but he was one of only two golfers to beat par this afternoon as he signed for a 71.  Sean Poucher from Limerick Golf Club leads the competition after shooting 69/74 today, holder Pay Murray is in third place on +1, and both Kenny McGarry and Gary O’Flaherty are in 12th and 13th place respectively.  The final round gets underway at 9.45am tomorrow with the top 49 golfers qualifying for the third round.

Doneraile had no luck today in the semi-final of the I Love Spain sponsoted Irish Mixed Foursomes.  Doneraile were playing Greystones and secured their first point when Peter Duane and Clare Hamilton won.  Sean Barrett and Karena Hunter also won Continue reading

Doneraile win First Irish Mixed Foursomes Munster Title

Mixed Foursomes Munster Final

Jim Long Hon Sec Munster Branch GUI presents Sean Collins Doneraile Golf Club team captain winners of the Mixed Foursomes Munster Final, Gold Coast Golf Club. Picture: Golffile 

There was great excitement in Gold Coast GC on Saturday as Doneraile won their first Irish Mixed Foursomes Munster title.  Despite the positive weather forecast, golfers had to contend with heavy rain for much of the day.  In the morning semi-finals, Tramore overcame Mahon and Doneraile had and impressive win over Dromoland Castle.  Both sides stuck with the same pairings for the final and it was a closely matched affair.  Tim O’Mahony and Anne Heffernan put an early point on the board for Doneraile when they won on the 15th.  That was the only match to finish early as the remaining four went the distance – and beyond.  Sean Barrett and Karena Hunter claimed Doneraile’s second point but Keith Ridgard and Maeve Enright won a point for Tramore, both matches finishing on the 18th.  The final two matches needed two additional holes to force a decision.  John O’Brien and Ann Mitchell balanced the score at 2-2 when they beat Doneraile’s Peter Duane and Anna Cotter on the 20th hole.  It all came down to final match between Doneraile’s Eddie Roche and Eileen Coleman and Tramore’s Martin Walsh and Amanda O’Connor.  After finishing the 18 holes level, they went on to half the 19th.  The match was finally settled on the 20th hole with Roche and Coleman won, securing a first ever Irish Mixed Foursomes pennant for the North Cork club.  Team Captain Sean Collins proudly accepted the pennant from Munster Golf’s Jim Long.  Doneraile now advance to the All-Ireland semi-finals with hopes of following 2015 winner Dooks in adding a green pennant to their blue pennant from Munster.

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