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The Front Garden - Looking good !!
Atmospheric view of the 1st Tee Box at sunset
Finishing touches on the all new 4th Tee Box
The 5th Fairway from the Tee Box
Its a long way up the 7th fairway - and the out-of-bounds is still there!
Magnificent view back up the 8th fairway - waiting for a little fade into the valley
. . all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils - 8th Green
Some re-claimed ground on the re-aligned 9th hole
Just a reminder - there will be no rakes in bunkers for the moment!
Greenside at the 9th - featuring the new pot bunker
A view of the re-aligned 9th hole - note the out-of-bounds markers
Shrubs in bloom on the improved 10th tee box
Keeping the grass cut off the 16th fairway
New Coffee Machine in the re-vamped Shop
Golf Balls, Tees and more - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
Golf Bags and shoes newly arrived in Moate Golf Club
Re-stocking the Shop - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
If you can't hit the Green from this beautiful Tee Box . . . .
Panoramic view of the 4th Tee Box and 3rd Green
New Pot Bunker, replacing the Fairway Bunker on the left of the 9th Green - completed
Preparing for a delayed Captains Drive_In
Developing the new Pot Bunker on the left of the 9th Green
More developments in the Shop
The redeveloped 3rd Tee Box
The lonely owl still protecting our greens
The 4th Tee Box from the 4th Green
Stonework almost finished - 4th Tee Box
Work in progress - 4th Tee Box
Dinny White Memorial Match

Tommy Conlon follows in the footsteps of previous Past Captains in organising the annual Dinny White match with Tullamore GC this Friday. Best of luck to all involved. 

Ladies Club

Our congratulations go to the Barton Sheild team who did the club proud by playing in the All Ireland Final of the Barton Sheild in Shandon Park in Belfast on Saturday. Well done lads.

The Competition on Wednesday last was generously sponsored by The Academy of Music Tullamore. it was won by Loreto Boland (17) with 41 points, 2nd was Ella Grennan (16) 40 pts and 3rd Pearse Corbett (19) also with 40 pts.

Ladies remember to put your name down for the Lady Captain's Away Day on the 10th October

Club Notes 12/9/2021

We start this week by offering our heartiest congratulations to the Barton Shield team Adrian Hiney, Jamal Sabir, Jamie Colgan, Ollie Grogan with sub Michael Lynch and Team Manager Michael Power.

The adventure commenced in June with a 2 hole win over a confident Mullingar side which was quickly followed in July with a 10 hole demolition of Millicent. Later that month in the region al quarter final we beat neighbours Mount Temple by 3 holes and then came a semi final scoreline you couldn’t make up – we lost by 7 holes in Moate while winning by 8 in Newbridge to progress to the Leinster Central Final. Waterford GC were the other finalists and we saw them off by a 7 hole margin. This in itself was a marvelous achievement for a small but thriving club like ourselves but more was to follow.

Last Friday Moate took on and beat Castletroy from Limerick in the All Ireland Quarter Final of the AIG Barton Shield on neutral territory at Shandon Park, Belfast. The following morning we lined up again and locked horns with Portumna and in a thrilling semi final won through on the 22nd hole for the second pairing after our starting pair had finished 3 down. These extra holes meant a quicker than planned turnaround for our lads and after a hasty (and possibly tasty) lunch the final v Elm Park of Dublin teed off. Unfortunately it was not to be our day and both pairs lost their matches. With over 220 teams in this competition from the outset I cannot over emphasise what an amazing achievement it is to come 2nd in this revered competition and we are so proud of them. Late on Saturday evening back in the clubhouse Michael Power presented the Leinster Central pennant to Mens Captain Willie Smith.

On behalf of the club and indeed the team I wish to particularly thank everyone who made it up to Shandon Park to support them in person on either or both of the days. We appreciate it’s a fair old hike to Belfast and not everyone was in a position to travel north so thank you to those who supported the team from afar.

More photos will follow during the week. Thanks to Mike Hiney, Shane Kelly, George Garvey, Martin Horan and Geraldine Coughlan who have sent loads on and of course i took one or two myself. I just havent had time to go through them all yet.

RESULTS –  Club Stableford 12/9/2021 – 1st Overall - Michael Murray (19) 40pts, 1st Cat 1 – Neil Furey (6) 37pts, 1st Cat 2 – Eamon Coughlan (9) 36pts, 1st Cat 3 – Joe Digan (17) 35pts, 1st Cat 4 – Enda Claffey (23) 40pts, 1st Ladies – Tracey Redmond (13) 37pts.

Thursday Open (Stableford) 9/9/2021 – 1st Gary Colgan (11) 41pts.

13 hole Barton Shield Fundraiser 6-12/9/2021 (Stableford) 1st John Kelly (19) 29pts, 2nd John Greene (27) 28pts, Ladies – Ger Byrne (33) 31pts.    

Belvoir Park Challenge - George Garvey & Tommy Conlon (despite both having extensive medical certs for several injuries) beat the ex GAA pairing Micheal Kelly & Jimmy Bradley.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Next weekend we have a club stableford competition sponsored by Pro Golf Athlone. The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open is on the 16th and the 13 hole running competition can also be played Monday to Friday.

GOTY –  The abacuses have been in full flow this week and Eamon Coughlan is the new leader on 260pts with Jimmy Bradley 2nd on 239pts and Paddy Coyne on 228pts in 3rd. Liam Galvin with 225.5pts and Brendan Daly on 213pts round out the leading 5. There are now 206 players with points and the highest new entry this week is Liam Reynolds who enters the fray with 23pts in 175th. There is about 6 weeks of competition left so all to play for still.  

PITCHMARKS & DIVOTS It looks like someone was practicing their wedge shots from the 110 metre mark on the 14th fairway. Anyone caught using multiple balls from the same spot and damaging the course in this manner will be disciplined. I've also been asked to remind people that the bunkers are back in play and rakes have been distributed to same so please remind oneself of how to use them. 



Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

Club Notes 5/9/2021

As clearly reflected in the results the hollow tining / pole forking and sanding exercise carried out during the week was no hindrance whatsoever to the scoring at the weekend. What it does have an effect on of course is the greens themselves and the work done now will mean they are in tip top condition for the winter and onwards through 2022.

Pat Doyle mastered the sandy conditions and is intently watched by Ger Coughlan. 

So I hear you ask - why is it done? Well according to Golf Monthly it’s because - course traffic causes the ground to become compacted. This means drainage is less efficient and the roots are prevented from absorbing oxygen. Hollow tining allows the compacted turf to expand so air and moisture are more easily absorbed. The coring helps address the problem of thatch. (Thatch is a layer of grass stems, roots, and debris that settle and accumulate over time.) A thin layer is acceptable but too much thatch will hold water like a sponge. Tining also removes accumulated fibre in the grass’s root zone. It allows for the exchange of a poor soil for a better one through top dressing. That’s why the greens are normally covered in sandy top dressing immediately after they’re cored.

RESULTS – Barton Shield Fundraiser 5/9/2021 (Open Stableford) 1st Brendan Daly (10) 44pts, 2nd Declan Murphy (12) 43pts, Gross – Adrian Hiney (+2) 40pts, 3rd Richie Allen (17) 43pts, Ladies – Pearse Corbett (19) 41pts.    

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Next weekend we have Club Stableford competition. The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open is back on the 9th and the 13 hole running competition in support of our Barton Shield fundraising can also be played Monday to Friday.

GOTY – Padraig Keenan has been busy number crunching and the table has now been updated to include the latest competitions. Jimmy Bradley’s lead has been reduced to 11pts and Paddy Coyne now has 228pts with Eamon Coughlan just 1pt less back in 3rd. Liam Galvin is 4th on 225.5pts and Sean Flanagan completes the top 5 on 199.5pts. Dom Fitzpatrick has slipped back to 6th with 195.5pts but I wouldn’t write him off just yet. There are now 205 players with points and Sean G. Connell steps on to that bottom rung with 1pt.

TEAM NEWS – We play Castletroy of Limerick in the Barton Shield All Ireland quarter final on Friday September 10th at Shandon Park, Belfast. The team is hugely appreciative of the best wishes and support received and the whole club wish them well on Friday (and hopefully Saturday!). In accordance with Golf Ireland’s COVID-19 procedures, spectators are kindly asked to pre-register on the link available here - and the form only takes a few seconds to fill out. Additionally, Golf Ireland will be operating a Spectator Policy during the event. It is essential for health-and-safety purposes and to facilitate pace of play in following matches that spectators walk in the rough, stay out of the line of play and remain 25 paces away from competitors at all times. Announcements will be made on the first tee to this effect. There are also car parking restrictions so it is very important that those who do not have passes, particularly spectators, proceed to the overflow car park from where a park-and-ride service will be in operation. A Police Traffic Management Plan will be in operation and street parking outside Shandon Park Golf Club will not be permitted. A coach from NICSSA (Civil Service Playing Grounds – _Google Pin Name - Stormont Pitches) at Stormont Pavilion, has been scheduled to operate from Tuesday 7th – _Saturday 11th and will run on the hour from 8am to 4pm bringing spectators to Shandon Park and returning to Stormont each hour, from 12:30 pm to 6:30pm. A link to the carpark is here... and the entrance is accessed via the Upper Newtownards Road (NICSSA will have some signage to direct cars).

PITCHMARKS & DIVOTS Thanks to all the members who are taking the sand / seed mix for repairing divots during their round. It is really helping the course. Please take a bag and repair as you play. Ditto for repairing pitchmarks on the green, please do not leave it to the players behind you to repair the damage you have caused to the course. Take responsibility for it yourself.

MOATE MEMBERS ON TOUR -   Apart from the fact that quite a few of us were spotted in Esker Hills last Thursday (well you have to reciprocate sometimes!) Donal Brennan kindly provided the other photos from Mayo. 

BRS TIMESHEETS – Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from Friday onwards.

ANDY'S ARCHIVES – This weeks first Moate Golf Club memory comes from the Westmeath Independent dated 20/8/1976.  “GOLFING ACHIEVEMENT – In a wonderful display on the home course last week, Moate golfers came out tops when they defeated Athy in the semi-final of the Leinster section of the Independent Mixed Foursomes. The winners were Tom Dolan and Maureen Flanagan; Kevin O’Halloran and Eileen Lohan; Tommy O’Brien and Anita Cunningham. The other local participants were Michael Glennon and Rosemary Maxwell; Tim Casey and Mary O’Brien.”

Next it's a mention in the Tullamore GC notes from WM Independent 16/4/1982. 

and we finish with another WM independte piece from 21/11/1953. 

PS - Nearly forgot to mention that as from tomorrow the bunkers will have rakes and will be abck in play and you have the option of removing the pin. 


Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

Ladies Club

Congratulations to President Dermot Kenny on a successful prize weekend and congratulations also to all the winners.

The Competition on Wednesday last was won by Pearse Corbett (20) with 38 pts, 2nd Mary Rohan (23) 38 pts and 3rd Eleanor Dillon (18) 37 pts.

Ladies we need two teams to enter the Grainne Og Competition. Closing date for the competitin is the 21st September. the competition is Scotch Foursomes.

Closing date for the 1st round of the Elvery Trophy is the 14th September

Life begins at 80! (Club notes 29/8/2021)

Dermot Kenny held his Presidents Prize at the weekend and it was a tremendous success. After an initial 18 holes 21 players qualified for the 9 hole play-off on Sunday evening. In a nail biting finish 80 year old Billy Browne emerged victorious by 1.5 shots from the much younger Liam Galvin with Paddy Coyne settling for 3rd after a spell as clubhouse leader. With 27 years to my 80th this gives me (and many others) great hope that we might win a major someday and proves to everyone in the club that they shouldn’t be afraid of the blue tees! I’m sure the whole club will join me in congratulating Billy on his win. At the presentation afterwards Lady President Mary Horan and Lady Captain Marie Keane both spoke and praised President Dermot on his prizes and congratulated him and all the prizewinners. Mens Captain Willie Smith sent his apologies as he was unavoidably detained elsewhere.  

RESULTS – Presidents Prize - Mr. Dermot Kenny 29/8/2021 (Strokeplay) – 1st Billy Browne (27) 103.5 nett, 2nd Liam Galvin (6) 105 nett, Low Gross – Keith Redmond (7) 117 gross, 3rd Paddy Coyne (13) 105.5 nett, 4th Shane Nugent (18) 106 nett, 5th Kevin Mitchell (11) 106.5 nett, Leading Qualifier – Jack Ryan (21) 65 nett, Past Presidents – Mick O’Brien (20) 112 nett, Veterans – Eamon Coughlan (9) 106.5 nett, Student – Ciaran Lynam (24) 72 nett, Distance – Frank Claffey (34) 83 nett, Ladies 13 hole 1st – Marianne Young 32pts 2nd Maura Igoe 29pts.   

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 26/8/2021 – 1st Ray Lynam (10) 43pts, 2nd Jimmy Bradley (5) 42pts, Gross – Michael Lynch (2) 34pts, 3rd David Mullen Jnr (11) Esker Hills 42pts.   

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Next weekend we have an 18 hole Ladies & Gents Open as a fundraiser for the Barton Shield team (see Team News). The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open is on the 2nd and the 13 hole running competition can also be played any day.

GOTY 2021 – The table will be updated next weekend as there is a bit of extra maths involved in sorting out the top 40 for the Presidents Prize. I knew that algebra I suffered through in school would eventually come in handy!

TEAM NEWS – We may only have one team left in action this year but what a year the Barton Shield lads have had. It cannot be said often enough that it really is a tremendous achievement for a small club like ours to have qualified for the All Ireland Series. We play Castletroy of Limerick in the quarter final on Friday September 10th. Further details on supporters travelling up will be issued soon as Golf Ireland requires all to pre-register and apparently numbers are limited. To offset some of the team costs involved in we are holding an 18 hole open singles next weekend and then a 13 hole re-entry for the club from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th.

(Photos are courtesy of Andy Dunne, George Garvey & Martin Horan.)

Vinny McCormack putting on the 14th in the playoff. 


PITCHMARKS & DIVOTS Thanks to all the members who are taking the sand / seed mix for repairing divots during their round. It is really helping the course. Please take a bag and repair as you play. Ditto for repairing pitchmarks on the green, please do not leave it to the players behind you to repair the damage you have caused to the course. Take responsibility for it yourself.

BRS TIMESHEETS – Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from Friday onwards.

ANDY'S ARCHIVES – This weeks Moate Golf Club memory starts with the Westmeath Independent dated 28/4/2007.  

“Ladies Notes – This weeks competition was sponsored by Alacoque O’Connor and Pearse Corbett – 1st Carmel Connolly 43pts, 2nd Anne Egan 42pts, 3rd Eileen Seery 41pts, 4th Marian Carey 39pts and Eileen White 39pts. Next weeks competition is Polly Buckley Memorial (18 hole stroke – play in 3’s). Moate Ladies had a great win in the Intermediate Cup v Tullamore on Sunday 22nd April with Eileen White winning on 15 and Beth Dunne winning on 18 while Pearse Corbett lost to strong opposition on 17. Away from home Mags Galvin secured the vital win on the 17th while Marian Carey lost on the 17th. Best wishes to the Minor Cup, Junior Cup, Junior Foursomes and Challenge Cup teams who all play matches next week.”

Item number 2 is from The Bray People dated 30/9/1999

and finally we have one from Delvin Castle GC notes in tthe Westmeath Examiner of 14/5/1994

Joe Casey in action on the 1st. 



Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

Ladies Elvery Trophy Draw

The draw for the Elvery Trophy is as follows

Mags Galvin V Marie Dolan

Joan Molloy V Vivienne Dunican

Helen Kelly V Madeline Kenehghan

Marian Mullen V Marie Keane

Anne Healy V Betty Behan

Geraldine Coughlan V Aideen Jordan

Maura Igoe V Ella Grennan

Veronica Mc Cormack V Theresa Cleary

The first round matches are to be played by the 14th September. €5 entry to be paid prior to playing 1st match

Ladies club

The cometition on Wednesday last was won by Pattie Costello (47) with 43 pts, 2nd Madeline Keneghan (47) 42 pts and 3rd Geraldine Byrne (34) 41 pts. 

Congratulations to the Barton Cup team who beat Waterford G.C on Sunday. They are wished the best of luck when they play in the next round in Shandon Park in Belfast.

Mr Dermot Kenny's Presidents prize is on Sunday next and we hope that he has a very enjoyable and successful day. There is a 13 hole ladies competition on the day. Booking on the BRS system.

Ladies you may now enter the club section of the New Grainne Og competition to determine who will represent Moate in the 1st Interclub competition on the 27th September.

Club Notes 22/8/21

Our Barton Shield team had a fantastic win v Waterford GC in the Leinster Central Final and they are now in the All Ireland Final series. The whole club congratulates them on this achievement and hope they can go on to further glory. Their quarter final v Castletroy GC (Munster West) will take place on Friday September 10th in Shandon Park, Belfast.

RESULTS – Ballymore Crew 22/8/2021 (Stableford) – 1st Dessie McLoughlin (24) 45pts, 1st Cat 1 – Jimmy Bradley (6) 39pts, 1st Cat 2 – Ray Donoghue (13) 40pts, 1st Cat 3 – Patrick Flynn (14) 37pts, 1st Cat 4 – Bernard Browne (22) 42pts, Ladies 1st – Eleanor Dillon (19) 38pts.

Above - Padraig Keenan teeing off at the 8th. Below - David Jacob watched by his dad Paul on the 9th. 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 19/8/2021 – 1st Claire Varley (37) 41pts, 2nd Callum McCormack (14) Glasson 41pts, Gross – Paul Burke (2) 35pts, 3rd Cillian Nagle (7) Mt. Temple 39pts.   

13 hole weekly (Stableford) 16th to 22nd August 2021 – 1st Joe Ennis (14) 31pts.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Next weekend we have Dermot Kenny’s Presidents Prize. Qualifying runs from 7.30am Saturday morning to 12 noon on Sunday. The top 21 including best gross qualify for the 9 hole playoff on Sunday evening. As per the recent Captains Prize, Students and Distance members cannot qualify for the playoff and there are separate prize categories for them. The Presidents 13 hole competition for Ladies can be played  Sunday from 12-2. The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open is on the 26th and the 13 hole running competition can also be played any day.

GOTY 2021 – Thanks to the ever diligent Padraig Keenan the table has been updated to include the 15th event (Ballymore Crew) and Jimmy Bradley on 239pts has extended his lead by a whopping 37pts over Dom Fitzpatrick on 195.5pts and Sean Flanagan is now 3rd on 195pts. Micheal Kelly has 179.5 in 4th with joint 5th Eamon Coughlan & Jamie Colgan on 176pts. There are 2 more new entries as Frank Egan & Mick O’Hanlon join the fray so a total of 195 players have now earned GOTY points.   

OTHER TEAM NEWS – We bowed out of the Duggan Cup at the Quarter Final stages to Co. Longford GC and wish them well for the rest of the competition. Team player manager Mike Hiney extends his gratitude to all who played including Sean Egan, Dom Fitzpatrick, Seamus Dolan, Andy Dunne, Mick Young, Louis Cunningham, Joe Ennis, Mick McLoughlin, Ray Lynam, Tommy Conlon & Liam Lynam.

PITCHMARKS & DIVOTS Thanks to all the members who are taking the sand / seed mix for repairing divots during their round. It is really helping the course. Please take a bag and repair as you play. Ditto for repairing pitchmarks on the green, please do not leave it to the players behind you to repair the damage you have caused to the course. Take responsibility for it yourself.

BRS TIMESHEETS – Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from Friday onwards.

ARCHIVES – This weeks Moate Golf Club memory vault snippets start with the Westmeath Independent dated 20/10/1951.

Next up is from the WM Independent dated 24/5/1952


and finally this week we have a piece from the Offaly Independent dated 7/6/1941 from Tullamore GC in which Moate features. 



Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

Ladies club

Congratulations to Lady Captain Marie Keane on her prize day on Saturday. The entry for the competition was one of the largest for many years despite the wwather. The golf was followed by an enjoyable meal in the restaurant at which Marie was joined by a number of her family and the majority of the ladies who played. At the meal Lady President Mary Horan, President Dermot Kenny and Captain Willie Smith all congratulated Marie on her day and on the beautiful array of prizres. Lady Captain Marie then thanked her committee, the members, her family and all who helped in any way to make the day a success and congratulated the winners.The prizes were then presented as follows 1st Eileen White (29) 98.5 net, 2nd Mary Egan (29) 104.5 net, Gross Sinead Healy (13) 127 gross, 3rd Martha Callinan (21) 109.5 net, 4th Pearse Corbett (21) 109.5 net, 5th Geraldine Coughlan (19) 110.5 net, Leading qualifier Carmel Coughlan (30) 73 net, Past Captain Mags Galvin (24) 111 net, Seniors Betty Behan (24) 112 net, front 9 Carmel Carroll (25) 32.5, back 9 Theresa Cleary 39.5, Visitor Claire Keane, Juniors 1st Ella Grennan,2nd Myah Kelly, Mens 1st Roger Quinn, 2nd Ollie Grogan, Juveniles 1st Sally Ryan 2nd Eibhleann Lynam, Nearest the pin Anne Healy and Longest drive Geraldine Coughlan. Congratulations to all.

The competition on Wednesday last was wonby Alison Couper (22) 34 pts, 2nd Mags Galvin (24) 34 pts and 3rd Eileen Fagan (38) 34 pts